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bajasur replied to the thread Water shortage on the Guatemala forum on September 02, 2014:
chasmcn initially posted:
Recent reports about water shortages in Central American have me being a bit more cautions about moving to Guatemala. What have you all heard, or is it affecting you in any way?
bajasur replied 1 hour ago with:
I've lived in Antigua for the past 3 years and in 3 different places. Iguanalover is right on in regards to infrastructure. In the 3 places I lived water pressure is low and sometimes there are outages for awhile.
iguanalover replied 2 hours ago with:
If you want to live in Central America one of the things you will be dealing with is the infrastructure. Some places are better than others. Water can be a problem regardless of droughts, although I have only heard stories of farmers having big problems right now. We have two weeks of water stored at our house in bottles. Some people have tanks. Service is mostly good but there can be problems, especially in earthquake zones. If a well developed and totally dependable infrastructure (is there such a thing?) is a major concern to you, I would give it mucho thought. Otherwise, you have to learn to live with it as best you can.
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ddeubel replied to the thread Moving Soon on the Guatemala forum on September 02, 2014:
mweave63 initially posted:
Hello, I am interested in moving to Guatemala in the next 6 - 9 months. What would be the suggested amount of start cash I should have available until I find additional means to support myself and partner?
ddeubel replied 5 hours ago with:
Tex2Guat - Thanks for posting that. I lurk here and just get a bad taste in my mouth when those like driftr et al .... bitch and moan. I go by what my mother told me long ago - "If you don't have anything nice to say, shut the hell up". That said, I've just started working out of a new co-working space in Antigua. Nice place, great internet, people, location, price. Impact Hub so connected to a world community. We'll start building a nice community of digital nomads enjoying the best of both worlds and at the same time contributing to Guatemala.
Tex2Guat replied 5 hours ago with:
Finding work here can be challenging. First, you will want to make sure you have the correct visa for working (NOT tourist or rentista.) Their is work for English speaking persons, but you will find most of those positions to be quite low paying, as the market here does not command the high prices you may be used to elsewhere. If you have the ability to continue working online, that would seem to be the best alternative as long as you make SURE your new residence has good internet available. Trying to work at the internet cafes can be challenging when you cannot control the atmosphere. Wish you well. Hope you find the answers you are looking for. On a different note, don't get your feelings hurt by those trying to do JUST that. We've all had to learn to ignore some like driftersinc, who, according to his OWN previous post, "Don't worry about blocking me, I asked to have my account deleted. This place is 99% retarded questions and 99% retarded answers." If he really wanted his account deleted, why not just STOP the carping comments, choosing instead to only add information that is USEFUL when possible, then practice the fine art of silence. Some of that ilk are just frustrated "dog and manger" gringos who have come here earlier and don't want any other gringos to come and 'mess up' their wonderland. Wonder if he's trying to corner the market on 'retarded answers'...
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busman7 replied to the thread Can I buy property with an American bank account? on the Guatemala forum on September 01, 2014:
PapaPoopy initially posted:
I don't want to put my money in a Guatemalan bank account I don't trust it.. So can I buy it with my Bank of America account?
busman7 replied on September 01, 2014 with:
No reason except that B of A treats you like a drug dealer with questions that are none of their damn business, been there, told them to stick it and return my money, then went to a civilized US bank to wire the money to my Salvadorño attorney.
bajasur replied on September 01, 2014 with:
There's no reason you can't wire the money from BofA to your Guatemalan attorneys trust account for disbursement to the sellers attorney upon completion of the sale.
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property in GuatemalaUbicada en un barrio residencial, este recién construida casa de un lugar le ofrece las mas excelentes comodidades.
IamAmazing replied to the thread Where are all the expats located? on the Guatemala forum on August 30, 2014:
tokebi initially posted:
Hi, I've been living in Korea since 5 years ago, and before in the states another 4. I am guatemalan but I have absorbed the expat culture that I feel naked returning back to my own country. I am returning in December for an unknown period of time and I will like to have expat friends so I don't feel the "Reverse Culture Shock" as hard as I know it will feel. Any ideas?
IamAmazing replied on August 30, 2014 with:
Hi. I am not aware of a place in Guatemala City where expats hang out. You are welcome to come to the Red Star Bar in Zone 1. I am an expat myself and I encourage expats to come and relax and have a drink and some decent bar food. We have artisanal beer on tap as well as other brews in bottles. And our kitchen is clean and we use filtered water LOL. And we have been told we have the best bathrooms in Zone 1. And there is NO reggaeton or salsa in our bar. So all expats you are welcome to come and chill out and relax in our cool place. See you soon.
busman7 replied on August 30, 2014 with:
There is an American Legion branch in both Guatemala City and Antigua, Antigua has a breakfast for expats/visitors Thursday mornings at the Café Condesa. Just hangout in Antigua's Central Park in the morning, most expats wander through, sit on a bench and solve the world's problems.
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driftersinc replied to the thread Casa PANAR15, Panajachel on the Guatemala forum on August 25, 2014:
armandatitlan initially posted:
Ubicada en un barrio residencial, este recién construida casa de un lugar le ofrece las mas excelentes comodidades. Este barrio se llama Jucanyá, o Calle del Lago, esta propiedad totalmente equipada cuenta con 24 horas de seguridad, un hermoso jardín y un pasillo para que pueda ver los atardeceres. Esta casa está localizada a pocos metros del Lago de Atitlán, ideal para familias que tienen niños. La sala es bastante amplia con grandes ventanas para poder apreciar la belleza del Lago de Atitlán y sus volcanes. La cocina que esta muy bien equipada, cuenta con un desayunador. El área de lavandería tiene una pila y una lavadora. Esta casa cuenta con 3 cuartos, para familias grandes que buscan privacidad. Dos de los cuartos tienen closet y comparten el baño. El cuarto principal cuenta con baño privado y acceso directo al jardín, además de su propio baño privado. Renta: $850 (USD) para long term (6 meses mínimo). La renta le incluye: Cable TV, guardianía. Los demás servicios como gas, energía eléctrica, y demás deberán ser pagados por el inquilino. Se requiere un deposito reembolsable de $700 a $850, dependiendo de la cantidad de meses que se quede.
driftersinc replied on August 25, 2014 with:
Well that's only twice the price it should be, smokin deal!
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kamarsha replied to the thread Regulations for restaurants on the Guatemala forum on August 23, 2014:
kamarsha initially posted:
Does anyone know how I can find info on regulations, permits, etc for opening a restaurant in Guatemala? In English? Or know of an ex-pat who has done so?
kamarsha replied on August 23, 2014 with:
Thanks everyone for the advice and information. It will save me a great deal of time and probably prevent me from making some serious mistakes! Still working on my travel dates for an exploratory trip in Sept/Oct. Will most definitely swing by the Red Star Bar!
armandatitlan replied on August 23, 2014 with:
contact miss Ada Redondo at she speaks English and very professional Good luck Armand
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jrsmith posted Best Internet Service in Antigua on the Guatemala forum on August 22, 2014:
Moving to Antigua and will need the best and fastest internet connection possible there. Can anyone share their experience please. Also, how about satellite TV service with some US Channels? Is there a combo internet/TV solution? Thanks!
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kamarsha replied to the thread Transportation from airport on the Guatemala forum on August 22, 2014:
kamarsha initially posted:
Any advice on best way to get from airport in Guatemala City to Antigua area?
kamarsha replied on August 22, 2014 with:
Thanks everyone for the info; very helpful!
bajasur replied on August 22, 2014 with:
Shuttles are there as mentioned or Taxi for Q250. Also if you're going directly to a hotel, ask the hotel if they provide airport pickup. Some do and charge about the same as a taxi or a bit more.
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ddeubel replied to the thread Jobs on the Guatemala forum on August 21, 2014:
tigerfan initially posted:
Looking at job possibilities in Antigua. We may be relocating, and my son has certification in Computer Aided Drafting/Design. Didn't know if an expat would have much of a chance in getting a job in this field in Antigua since I don't know what type of companies operate in Antigua. Thanks in advance for any help.
ddeubel replied on August 21, 2014 with:
He should be able to do well here if he knows how to get clients online and builds his reputation as a freelancer. Lots of demand in that field for those that do great work, in a timely fashion. Working remotely from Antigua is his best bet of earning a good wage and living well. All he needs is a good internet connection and experience working in this type of environment using tools to communicate with clients. There is a new co-working space just getting started in Antigua and he'd be best to get involved there, make connection and start building a network.
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