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Mendocina posted Guanajuato on the Mexico forum on March 27, 2015:
Interested in expats' experience of living in Guanajuato. Pros, cons, any other relevant info. Thanks.
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NOK2mex replied to the thread Merida on the Mexico forum on March 26, 2015:
Lkeyes7799 initially posted:
My husband and I are finally ready to make the move to Mexico. We have heard alot about Merida being a good place to start. If any one has a recommendation for a reliable rental agent, we would appreciate any help. Any input about other recommended areas to live also. We actually would like to be closer to the beach.
NOK2mex replied on March 26, 2015 with:
Merida is a BEAUTIFUL old Spanish town. When we visited we loved it! Also Campeche is also fabulous. It is on the gulf so the water is not as nice as the Caribbean or the pacific. Before moving to Puerto Vallarta we considered the Caribbean but decided not to settle there. In my opinion Cancun is a zoo. Isla Mujares is great but getting spoiled. Really the entire culture on the Caribbean is very different than the pacific. It is also much warmer than PV. There are places on the pacific NOT to go like Acapulco and that entire region. Do your research. We really love PV. It is a large town with a lot of ExPat support, shopping and a great, very friendly, population. It relies heavily on tourism but is a great place to live. Would suggest looking at housing in all considered places on Craigs list to get a feel for what is available and the pricing. Good luck!!!
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dmunoz replied to the thread San Miguel de Allende still safe? on the Mexico forum on March 26, 2015:
CO2LtnA10 initially posted:
I am just starting my venture to find my Latin American retirement home. My first stop is going to be San Miguel de Allende & Guanajuanto. I just read an article, though, where there were several comments back and forth debating if SMA is still safe for expats or if crimes are rising. One person suggested Curenavaca would be a better choice. Another says SMA is still very safe and great for expats. Anyone have first hand knowledge on this?
dmunoz replied on March 26, 2015 with:
Hello, I've lived in Guanajuato for 2 years, i find it to be a nice city a lot of cultural events music, theather, etc.. its a safe city as long as you take the proper precautions as the previous comment take a taxi fi you're going home late at night. I've visited SMA a few times and always has been a good city to visit, i know some people there and they've never had issues. I visited Cuernavaca early this year and i didn't like the downtown area, to hectic and crowded, i would prefer guanajuato or SMA, or Tequisquiapan in Queretaro. I know a couple from portland living in Guanajuato if you're interested i can give you their contact info, they have studios that they rent to visitors. If you have questions about building a home in Mexico i can help you.
CO2LtnA10 replied on March 16, 2015 with:
I was thinking that is about what people would say. Be smart, be aware, and use your head. Thank you. :)
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dmunoz replied to the thread Possibly moving to Queretaro on the Mexico forum on March 26, 2015:
GuzmanA initially posted:
My husband may be deported and my family is considering following. I'd like some insight on the area. Education? Living? Entertainment? Safety? Church? etc... Possibly Queretaro, maybe even Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato 2 children Children age1-7
dmunoz replied on March 26, 2015 with:
Queretaro is a big city now days, it used to be a small city just a few years ago but with the high migration from mexico city to queretaro it has experience a big change. Queretaro can be a bit high in rent or even to buy, education should be good there are many private schools or public schools. You'll definitely need a car in Queretaro and traffic can be bad at rush hour. Apaseo del Alto is a much smaller place you might not need a car to move around there. There might be a private school, but public school should be fine. Apaseo should be a nice quiet city, i have only driven by it here and there. Honda just build a plant outside of Celaya near Apaseo, Apaseo doesn't have much industry unless you plan to set up a business or something. Queretaro definitly has more industry but there's also more people, i believe there's a stat that says that queretaro receives 6 new families per day. I offer consultant services in construction and architecture if you need anything else and i can help please let me know.
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dmunoz posted Planning to build in Mexico? on the Mexico forum on March 26, 2015:
Hello, I am an expat living in Mexico since 2011, originally from Michigan, I provide services as consultant and construction in Mexico, I have a BS in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Tech University. I have done a couple of small jobs in Mexico. Participated as consultant for the expansion of the archdioceses of Irapuato, also was a consultant reviewing rural clinics projects for the state of Guanajuato. Currently i am a project engineer for an American company in Toluca. Please feel free to contact me to start planning your Home in Mexico. I am bilingual, can process all permits required for constructions. Thank you
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MexicoToday replied to the thread Where to Move?? on the Mexico forum on March 26, 2015:
Vegasgirl initially posted:
I posted about information on Lake Chapala. Now people are telling me I should also look at Puerto Vallarta. I am single female so I am concerned about safety. People in the US are saying the drive from Lake Chapala to Guadalajara is unsafe for Americans. Any thoughts? also about cost of living in Puerto Vallarta?
MexicoToday replied on March 26, 2015 with:
PV is wonderful. But the criticism of Lake Chapala is not reality. Chapala, Ajijic and the other communities around the lake are safe, and the drive to Guadalajara is safe as any in Mexico. The advantages to the Lake Chapala area are many...convenience to international airport, big city shopping within 30-40 minutes, quaint community without the tourism, lots more including GREAT weather. Not the high humidity, if that is a concern. Hope that helps.
NOK2mex replied on March 26, 2015 with:
My wife and I have been living in PV for 18 months. Love it! Don't hear of violence. There is a very large force of "tourist police" in white uniforms. Can't make price comparisons as we have never been to the Chapala/Guadalajara region. Your cost is dependent upon what kind of housing you want and where you shop. Recommend looking on Craigs list to compare housing in both locations. Costco is more expensive than the local markets. If you shop wisely you can save money. Love the swimming and other activities here in PV.
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annabell1952 replied to the thread flying cats in Mexico!! on the Mexico forum:
homelessjoe initially posted:
Of course it´s not how it sounds, but I got your attention. I am looking for an airline that allows cats in the cabin. I need to fly from Guadalajara to La Paz. Anyone with past experience with ´flying cats´?
annabell1952 replied on March 25, 2015 with:
as far as I know you can only tell them about pet in cabin about 5 days in advance at least that way with cargo. I guess just have to be first one that calls. I know my flight into Panama is the same one I would take if going into the states so that one could be crowded but maybe not on a Monday. The next one goes from Panama to GDL and there might be more than one flight option. I will let them know when thinking of making reservation. I don't go until Feb. 1st so have time.
annabell1952 replied on March 25, 2015 with:
The medium petmate soft sided carrier is 17x 10 x 10. I got one that is the small and thinking will be too small it was only 7 inches wide and 15 inches long. It says it can be 18 x 11 x 11.
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RVGRINGO replied to the thread Permanent residancy questions on the Mexico forum on March 25, 2015:
Mexstan initially posted:
I moved to Mexico in 2000 and have had a FM2 for years and now am a resident temporal. Am eligible for permanent residency, but the INM is giving me hard time due to to the fact that I married a Mexican and was forced to have my mothers name on our marriage certificate. This of coarse does not match the name on my Canadian passport. The INM want me to get my marriage certificate amended to remove my mothers name, but this is next to impossible to do. No other Mexican document has my mothers name on it. The INM have never queried this in all my years dealing with them. Right now I am in limbo. Any suggestions what to do to resolve this mess?
RVGRINGO replied on March 25, 2015 with:
Much of the world, and certainly Mexico, does not understand the way we use names. They generally do not change theirs; nor do they use ‘middle names‘ as we do, which are not logically connected to family lineage. So, to live in Mexico, it is wise to conform to their naming system and avoid causing confusion. They insist upon it. To call their system stupid or inane will get you nothing but more resistance and little satisfaction, if any at all.
Mexstan replied on March 25, 2015 with:
Thanks, but I think that you missed the point. I AM already eligible for permanent citizenship, but the INM is giving me a hard time on only one stupid detail and I am seeking advice on how to circumvent their inane requirement. Have since discovered that maybe a acta notarial de identidad may fix this problem, but not sure yet.
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Mendocina posted Guadalajara on the Mexico forum on March 24, 2015:
I am interested in hearing from expats who live in Guadalajara. How do you like it there? Pros and cons, etc. Thanks.
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