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  1. Be careful, as some of those drivers are old expats with poor vision, slow reactions, and a fear of hills and curves. Some are even afraid to stop to explore small towns, or visit a roadside restaurant, as they might be expected to be able to read a menu in Spanish, or even say 'hola', as etiquette requires in Mexico.

    Enjoy your trip, and stop to smell the roses.

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  2. I haven't seen a frog in decades; nor nightcrawlers, either. Yet, they were both abundant, especially on rainy nights. The dead frogs on paved roads could become a slippery driving hazard. Are they nearing extinction? Are we?

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  3. Like many, we moved directly to Ajijic in 2001 and bought a house. We sold it in 2004 and bought a home in Chapala Centro, where we were much happier for the next ten years. Then, health and related insurance needs forced us to relocate to the USA.

    Chapala is very walkable, with everything within three blocks of our Centro location; including the lake, park, mercado, bus station, etc. It was also nice to be out of "gringolandia", and in more "normal" surroundings.

  4. Any Mexican Notario can do that for you. By internatioal agreements, it is perfectly legal in the USA. However, an expat from the USA, who may still have a US State's notary stamp, is not legal outside of his US state. Beware of them, as using them could be challenged. Also; do not make the mistake of asking the US entity if they will accept a Mexican notary, as there is no such thing. A Mexican notario is a specialized, state appointed attorney who deals with wills, real estate and other such personal matters; not criminal cases. Folks in the US won't understand the difference. Just visit the notario of your choice and send it off. We have done that for real estate and other US transactions. Never a problem!

  5. Propane tanks are sold at hardware stores. You will find them less expensive if you look in places other than 'lakeside', by as much as 40%, based on our experience some years ago. I doubt much has changed in that regard.

    Then, your gas supplier will exchange your empty new tank for an old one full of propane. So, why not just call for the one you have to be replaced with a full one?

  6. I also remember the fearful summer months with closed beaches, because of Polio, the sadness of hearing of another kid in an iron lung, etc.  Yes, we all got immunized ASAP.  We oldies all have smallpox innoculation scars, and the deadly disease has been eliminated, but samples are said to be held by certain governments in "strategic reserve". Think about that.

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