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3 hours ago, Argus said:

The other may have responsibilities at home. And if it is a long illness, you won't be moving into the hospital.

My point is, don't be fooled into believing we have excellent facilities Lakeside. It just isn't true. If you need to get excellent outpatient care, or see a specialist on a frequent basis, you'll be driving back and forth. Maybe a lot.

My partner is in the Jocotopec hospital at this time, and is waiting for surgery.  He's been there since Tuesday morning, and they're hoping to do his surgery on Thursday or Friday.  The care has been excellent.  The spouse or significant other doesn't have to spend any time at the hospital if they don't want to.  All you have to do is arrange for caregivers to be with the patient.  These women are responsible, caring people, and they charge very little for working 8 hour shifts, either during the day or overnight also.  

I think that hospital has excellent staff and service.  We are registered with Seguro Popular.

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OMG!!!! Ajijic_ Hiker that is awful to say, kind of funny but awful. The"in" crowd is a bit older, so that is why we are going to rent and see if we like it. We have a few other places in mind if we do not like the Chapala area (San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and even Costa Rica).

MC we are moving from the Orlando, Fl. area ( Winter Springs, to be exact). I am a retiring teacher and my monthly pension is a nice amount. We planned on getting catastrophic insurance ( a good one) and cash for regular doctor visits, any suggestions?

Also, we do not intend to bring a car, if we have to we will, but any suggestions on areas to live? We have been looking at the La Floresta area.

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Well, I think you'll quite like La Floresta.  But what I think you'll like the most is no more of that incredibly oppressive Florida heat and humidity.  You may miss the proximity to the Gulf however.  We're about 3.5 hours from the beach here.  La Manzanilla is a very nice laid back small town with an absolutely fabulous beach.  it is about 4 hours away.  

Also, you won't miss those huge electric bills for AC either.

Some parts of La Floresta are fairly convenient to either Walmart or El Torito for grocery shopping, since you'll be car less.  Rentals can be a little pricey there.  Very similar to levels in Ajijic village.  San Antonio just on the other side of Walmart is more reasonable and has a lot of shopping too.

I'll leave it to others to answer your question about insurance as we are too old to get it at this point.

There are quite a few younger people in this area now and my Realtor buddies tell me they are seeing a younger crowd these days.  This isn't like living in Leisure World or even close to it.

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17 hours ago, suegarn said:

My partner is in the Jocotopec hospital at this time, and is waiting for surgery.  He's been there since Tuesday morning, and they're hoping to do his surgery on Thursday or Friday.  The care has been excellent.  The spouse or significant other doesn't have to spend any time at the hospital if they don't want to.  All you have to do is arrange for caregivers to be with the patient.  These women are responsible, caring people, and they charge very little for working 8 hour shifts, either during the day or overnight also.  

I think that hospital has excellent staff and service.  We are registered with Seguro Popular.

That is good news for you and your husband! Yes I know of that hospital, we registered for SP as soon as it was built. But it is not a full service hospital, and many times they stabilize patients and send them to Guadalajara. And if you need an imaging done fast, it's Guadalajara.

You cannot use SP if you have any other insurance. I know that applies to IMSS. Not sure if it matters if you have private insurance. Maybe someone else knows for.sure

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How tremendously lucky you are to be able to travel, down to a few suitcases. What an exciting time! Another place to seriously check out before settling on Chapala is Medillin, Colombia. Beautiful, clean vibrant small city. Affordable, safe. Interesting, not as conservative as Guadalajara, but not wild either. And still has the Caribbean beach destinations less than a few hours away, much more interesting than here. And to top it off - the weather is nicer than here, but with more annual isolated thunder showers.

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On 1/2/2017 at 8:11 AM, WideSky said:

Hobgoblin238, not sure what you mean by 'pulgas' (we keep them off our dogs). Flea markets/bazaars there are lots to choose from (lakeside or GDL). 'Toy's to each his own, what you consider a toy may not be to someone else. Are you trying to ask what people look for and can't find or have difficult finding so you can bring down a bunch and sell?

No.  I live in Saltillo.  Have for 11 years.  I am a toy collector.  I am concerned about moving to Ajijic for this reason.  They are my passion and addiction.  Yes pulgas means the flea market in spanish.  I know the ones in Ajijic have usually nothing from the U.S.  Was hoping anyone knew of any good flea markets in Guad?  

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On 2/1/2017 at 11:44 PM, Ajijic_hiker said:

One consideration is that you both are somewhat younger than the majority of retirees here...they don't call this "God's waiting room" for nothing...?

 

Most come here for living room....a lot of us socialize with people who have common interests irreguardless of their ages. We have learned so much here  from people of all nationalities and stations of life. i was under 50 when I first came here....If you're bored here, you'd be bored anywhere.

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I remember “pulga“ in South Texas, but have never seen that term used in Jalisco.  It simply means “flea“ and I think it is just a translation referring to some weekend markets in Texas.  Mexico uses other terms for various types of moving markets; “tianquis“ being the most common term that I know.

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On 2/2/2017 at 10:46 AM, Denise said:

Also, we do not intend to bring a car, if we have to we will, but any suggestions on areas to live? We have been looking at the La Floresta area.

I am carless by choice and can tell you, if you don't have a car, you will need to be located in the central area of Ajijic or whichever pueblo you choose in order to be near buses and cabs and places to shop for groceries, etc.  Anywhere else, you will be doing LOTS of major walking for every little thing.  Rain or shine... usually the weather is lovely here, but there might be times when you are just not up to walking far and carrying home a big heavy load of groceries.  Hiking boots or trail running shoes recommended for cobblestones.

The buses can be very crowded at times and vary greatly between being old rough clunkers to nice smooth long distance buses which travel only on the carretera.  But, by walking, you meet more Mexicans (yes, learn Spanish if you don't already know it) and other people who walk, and you'll absorb far more of the local culture without being enclosed in the little bubble of a car.  It's nice to be able to stop and chat with people on the street in a way you just can't do with a car and it's a great way to get to know your neighbors.

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None of the above. It's called the Mercado Libertad or San Juan de Dios  in Guadalajara on Sundays and it's huge and has everything under the sun and then some available.The dinky little bazaars around here would not excite hobgoblin238 in the least. But they're somewhat interesting to putter around for other things maybe.

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2 minutes ago, ezpz said:

I am carless by choice and can tell you, if you don't have a car, you will need to be located in the central area of Ajijic or whichever pueblo you choose in order to be near buses and cabs and places to shop for groceries, etc.  Anywhere else, you will be doing LOTS of major walking for every little thing.  Rain or shine... usually the weather is lovely here, but there might be times when you are just not up to walking far and carrying home a big heavy load of groceries.  Hiking boots or trail running shoes recommended for cobblestones.

The buses can be very crowded at times and vary greatly between being old rough clunkers to nice smooth long distance buses which travel only on the carretera.  But, by walking, you meet more Mexicans (yes, learn Spanish if you don't already know it) and other people who walk, and you'll absorb far more of the local culture without being enclosed in the little bubble of a car.  It's nice to be able to stop and chat with people on the street in a way you just can't do with a car and it's a great way to get to know your neighbors.

Being car less, especially for shopping is superior in or near Chapala centro. Nice and flat and much better sidewalks and fewer sharp pointy stone roads,which are wrongly named cobblestones, than Ajijic. Afer 8 years I finally broke down and bought a car but until now walked everywhere,even to Soriana. from upper Lourdes.

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Hobglobin238  I believe there is a MASSIVE flea market in GDL on Sundays. Can't say where as we've never ventured. Found this link from 2012 https://antoniorambles.com/2012/10/07/guadalajaras-antique-market/ 

You might be interested in these

These are listed on a facebook page flea market guadalajara   https://www.facebook.com/groups/219086128248173/
CARRITOS DE PEDALES ANTIGUOS  Antique pedal carts
$ 5,000-Queretaro
I'm selling my collection of pedal carts
I listen to serious offers for each of you, please bid on the one that is to your liking, I'm in queretaro
Listen to offers for all or individual
1.- Fiberglass Complete with mechanisms and excellent paint, rims original rays of the era of the 60
Working
2.- no tires, paint, central prototype in metal without stings with the whole system of pedals
5.- Complete with system of pedals and tires
7.- Complete with system of pedals and tires
8.- Ant complete, painting the 100 original tires and wide of the time,
9.- Mustang complete and restored, system and painting at 100
10.- Charger complete system
11 mins.- in excellent condition

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20 minutes ago, WideSky said:

Hobglobin238  I believe there is a MASSIVE flea market in GDL on Sundays. Can't say where as we've never ventured. Found this link from 2012 https://antoniorambles.com/2012/10/07/guadalajaras-antique-market/ 

You might be interested in these

These are listed on a facebook page flea market guadalajara   https://www.facebook.com/groups/219086128248173/
CARRITOS DE PEDALES ANTIGUOS  Antique pedal carts
$ 5,000-Queretaro
I'm selling my collection of pedal carts
I listen to serious offers for each of you, please bid on the one that is to your liking, I'm in queretaro
Listen to offers for all or individual
1.- Fiberglass Complete with mechanisms and excellent paint, rims original rays of the era of the 60
Working
2.- no tires, paint, central prototype in metal without stings with the whole system of pedals
5.- Complete with system of pedals and tires
7.- Complete with system of pedals and tires
8.- Ant complete, painting the 100 original tires and wide of the time,
9.- Mustang complete and restored, system and painting at 100
10.- Charger complete system
11 mins.- in excellent condition

Tianguis Baratillo.  2 and a half miles directly east of the Cathedral in Guad. in Colonia Oblatos.  2 miles long. Google provides a map.  Prepare to spend the day in order find what you are looking for.  You need to ask, and ask, and ask....

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Hi Denise , I am coming from cocoa beach in may too ! I am 59 and the prices here ( and many other things I am not allowed to mention here ) have convinced me to move to Chapala area . The conversation did wonder from your question, but feel lucky ! I asked a very similar question a few weeks ago and I was shut down , my question and thread cut off because it was political ! Anyhoo I hope I meet you when you get here !

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Hi Denise and Me Linda, I have seen you on other boards. I'm Elisabeth and am coming to visit with my husband George I July, just a quick first visit to see if we think retiring here about work. Then back for an initial 6 months in starting summer 2018 to give it more of a try. We are in the Atlanta area now and really ready for a change.

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