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  • Taking Advantage of a Strong U.S. Dollar to Save BIG on Purchases in Mexico

    Qroo Paul wrote: So, what do a couple of thrifty American retirees living in Mexico do during self-isolation in the midst of a pandemic? Why go online shopping, of course!

    Since COVID-19 came on to the scene, much of the financial news has focused on the devastating effect on stock prices and the volatility of the market in general; however, not all of the financial news is bleak.

    For Americans who live in Mexico and whose income originates in the U.S. (e.g. pensions, social security), this is a unique opportunity to make their money go about 23% further than it did back in February. This is because the U.S. dollar has increased substantially in value against the Mexican peso since the onset of the pandemic. ...

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    GW: I would also note that the strong dollar has reduced the effective current cost of living in Mexico for those living on dollars. Besides spending more on yourself this is a great time to spend some of your exchange rate savings on others around you that are less fortunate. Not everyone has "extra" money but, just a thought, for those that do.

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  • Finally Back Home in Mexico! Just Flew Back.

    Qroo Paul: When Linda and I flew to Florida back in early March to assist a family member in need, we had no idea that it would be almost two months before we would be returning to our home in the Riviera Maya.

    That’s back when the world was somewhat normal. You remember those times. People could eat at restaurants, get their hair done by professionals and wearing a mask in a bank was a no-no.

    Anyway, our original plan was stay in Florida for about a month. We figured that would be enough a time to address the family situation at hand and be back before our 60-day exit/return permit expired.

    I guess I should back up and explain that 60-day exit/return permit thing a little more. ...

    Continue reading about "A Very Surreal Travel Experience" from Qroo Paul at Finally Back Home in Mexico!. More #QrooPaul.

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  • For American Retirees Living in Mexico, This Could Be an Ideal Time to Make a Major Purchase

    Qroo Paul wrote: No one can dispute the fact that the Coronavirus has had a rapid and profound impact on the economies of countries across the globe.

    Stock prices have fallen and the value of the U.S. dollar has risen sharply relative to the value of other currencies, especially against the Mexican peso.

    On March 24th, the Mexican peso dropped to a historic low against the dollar: $25.17 MXN. For comparison purposes, the exchange rate on February 18th of this year was $18.55 MXN.

    That probably doesn’t mean much to our readers outside of Mexico who are focused more these days on trying to find toilet paper — but it should mean a lot to American retirees living in Mexico on a fixed income originating from the U.S. (e.g. social security) because they suddenly have a lot more buying power. ...

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  • The Value of the Mexican Peso Drops to $20.35 Against the U.S. Dollar

    Qroo Paul: As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Coronavirus scare, among other significant world events, has created volatility in both the stock market and the value of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso.

    As a thrifty American retiree living in Mexico, I see a volatile market as an excellent opportunity to improve my financial well-being by acquiring more stock at lower prices and moving money to Mexico when I get the most pesos for my dollar. Basically the old buy low sell high strategy. ...

    After my last article on the subject, some readers still seemed confused how to maximize their gains through currency exchange, so I’ll explain the strategy a little more.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at The Value of the Mexican Peso Drops to $20.35 Against the U.S. Dollar. More #QrooPaul.

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  • The Thing I Like Most About Driving in Mexico

    Qroo Paul: When my wife and I moved to Mexico full time back in 2015, one of the things that I had to get used to was a completely different style of driving. I learned quickly that the lines on a road were merely suggestions and that a two-lane road quickly could turn into a three or four lane road. That’s not something that I necessarily like, but I really don’t mind it.

    The thing I like most is that drivers, as a rule, are very patient with one another. In fact, I have never seen a single incident of aggressive driving in five years of driving in Mexico.

    By aggressive driving, I’m referring to all of the those discourteous ways that drivers in the United States typically express displeasure to their fellow motorists: tailgating, slamming on their brakes, 3-5 second horn blasts, making rude hand gestures, screaming profanities, and/or trying to get the other driver to engage in a physical confrontation.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at The Thing I Like Most About Driving in Mexico. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico: How to Report Electrical Problems to CFE

    Qroo Paul: I often come up with topic ideas for articles based on my own experiences here in Mexico. This is one of those times.

    Over the past six nights, a large portion of the condos in our complex have experienced power outages at night lasting as long as 10 hours. Even the condos that didn’t lose power in the past have been affected because the water goes out to the entire community until power is restored to the pumping station. This usually happens between 8 and 9 o’clock the following day.

    I’ve started calling these long periods of no water or electricity impromptu camping trips.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Mexico: How to Report Electrical Problems to CFE. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Coronavirus Fear Has Devalued the Mexican Peso and That Means It’s a Good Time to Transfer U.S. Doll

    Qroo Paul: As a retired American living in Mexico, I carefully watch the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and Mexican peso and I take advantage of significant changes in the rate that will allow me to receive more pesos for the same amount of dollars.

    Just to be clear, I’m not talking about just going to the ATM in Mexico and getting pesos out with my U.S. bank card. Although that’s okay, it won’t really save you a lot of money in the long run.

    What I’m taking about is maintaining bank accounts in both the U.S. and Mexico and only transferring money between them when the exchange rate is to your advantage. The bigger the advantage, the larger the transfer.

    It’s basically like waiting for a big sale before going shopping, but instead of food or clothes, you’re buying money.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Coronavirus Fear Has Devalued the Mexican Peso and That Means It’s a Good Time to Transfer U.S. Dollars. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Our Trip to Mexico’s Premiere Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe

    Qroo Paul: ... Everything was going smoothly until we arrived in Valle de Guadalupe and Google Maps advised us to take a particular dirt road to the hotel. About a kilometer down the road, we encountered a huge puddle that almost took up the entire width of the road.

    Being a former deputy sheriff in a rural county full of similar roads, I employed the old trick of throwing a couple of coins into the puddle to check depth. A deep bloop sound and tall plume of water made it clear that we weren’t going that way.

    We backtracked back to the paved road and chose a different route. Once we arrived at the hotel, we told the clerk what happened she said that Google Maps isn’t very reliable in the valley.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Our Trip to Mexico’s Premiere Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Our Trip to Isla Coronado in Baja California Sur

    Qroo Paul: While writing my recent article about our trip to Queretaro, I realized that I probably should have broken our trip up into a few smaller articles that were easier to read and followed my well-established pattern of being short and concise.

    Well, I’ve learned my lesson, and to prove it, I’m dedicating an entire post to our recent trip to Isla Coronado (Coronado Island) located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

    First things first. This is the part of the post where I stick in an interactive map so that the geographically-challenged readers can see where Isla Coronado is located.

    Just to be clear, I’m not making fun of anyone. Linda will tell you that I’m one of the most geographically-challenged people she’s ever met. I often get lost making my way back to the table at a restaurant after going to the bathroom.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at Our Trip to Isla Coronado in Baja California Sur. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Our Trip to Queretaro’s Wine and Cheese Route

    Qroo Paul: Linda, who is an avid wine aficionado, was the one who chose the destinations and developed the travel itinerary for our month-long trip to visit areas of Mexico that we have never seen before. That’s why I wasn’t surprised at all to see that our first stop would be to visit the second largest wine region in the country located in the state of Queretaro. We spent four nights at a beautiful little boutique hotel located in the town of Tequisquiapan.

    I’m glad I’m writing the name of the town instead of trying to pronounce it because each time I attempt it, my tongue refuses to cooperate and I sound more like a 5-year old trying to make a machine gun sound: Te-ke-ke-ke-ke-ipan. Fortunately for me, the name of the town is often shortened to just Tequis. Now that I can say.

    Before I get too far into this post, let’s get the geography out of the way because I’m sure that more than a few of our readers are probably like “Where the heck is that?”

    Here’s an interactive map of the area. Just keep zooming out until something starts to look familiar. ...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at Our Trip to Queretaro’s Wine and Cheese Route. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Finding and Printing Your CURP to Access Mexican Public Healthcare

    Qroo Paul: Ever since the news came out that everyone, including foreigners, could obtain free healthcare and medications at public health facilities in Mexico simply by showing a Mexican Voter ID Card, a CURP or a birth certificate, I have been inundated with emails from readers asking me questions CURPs.

    Here are the most common ones along with the answers:

    1. What’s a CURP?

    CURP is an acronym for Clave Única de Registro de Población. It’s an alphanumeric population number that is similar to a social security number. It is issued to Mexican citizens and lawful residents.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at: Finding and Printing Your CURP to Access Mexican Public Healthcare. More #QrooPaul.

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  • INSABI: A Look at the Health Program that Replaced Seguro Popular

    Qroo Paul: When Mexican President Andrés Manuel Obrador López Obrador — commonly referred to as AMLO –first announced over a year ago that he would be replacing Seguro Popular with something new, expats who relied on that program to meet their healthcare needs naturally became concerned.

    At the time, it was unclear if foreigners would be eligible to participate in the new program, and if so, at what cost? Well, now we have some answers. ...

    The good news is that as the law reads now, there is no requirement that a person has to be a citizen or even have Mexican residency to participate. The bad news is that could change in the near future as supporting regulations and internal agency policies are enacted.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at: Mexico: A Look at the Health Program that Replaced Seguro Popular. More #QrooPaul.

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    General Health Law - T III bis - On Social Protection in Health (sp).

    Insabi: how to get free care and medications starting in 2020 (sp).

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  • The Financial Requirements for Mexican Residency Are Increasing in 2020

    Qroo Paul: On January 1st, Mexico’s minimum daily wage increases from $102.68 MXN to $123.22 MXN and that means that the financial requirements for Mexican residency are increasing too. That’s because the requirements are based on mathematical formulas based on the minimum wage.

    The specific financial requirements will vary depending on which residency option you’re applying for and if you have any special circumstances (e.g. family ties in Mexico).

    For the purpose of this post, I’m going to keep it simple and assume that you’re the average retiree from the U.S. or Canada who wants to retire in Mexico.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: The Financial Requirements for Mexican Residency Are Increasing in 2020. [/url] More #QrooPaul.

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  • Driving Through Mexico City? Get a Tourist Pass to Avoid the Driving Restrictions Under “Hoy No Circ

    Qroo Paul: This post is for those folks who are driving across Mexico and will be passing through either Mexico City or one or more of the 18 municipalities located in the State of Mexico that participate in a program called Hoy No Circula.

    The program, which loosely translates as ‘no driving today’, places restrictions on the days and times that certain vehicles can be operated on the roadways. ...

    But there is an easier way! You might be able to qualify for a free tourist pass that will allow you to motor through without restrictions — well, almost no restrictions. If the pollution gets too bad the government may place additional restrictions on traffic. The tourist pass won’t save you if that happens. ...

    Vehicles with license plates from Mexico City or one of the following Mexican states are not eligible for a tourist pass: Estado de México, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro and Tlaxcala.

    Foreign-plated cars are eligible.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Driving Through Mexico City? Get a Tourist Pass to Avoid the Driving Restrictions Under “Hoy No Circula”. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Decades Later, I Still Wonder Why My High School Spanish Teacher Never Mentioned This

    Qroo Paul: ... I don’t remember much from her class, and judging by the “D” she gave me on my report card that year, I didn’t remember much back then either. Nevertheless, I do distinctly recall learning that when writing numbers and prices in Spanish, the use of commas and decimal points is opposite of how we do it in English.

    For example, $1,200.30 in English would be written as $1.200,30 in Spanish.

    It wasn’t until I retired and moved to Mexico that I learned that not every Spanish-speaking country follows this pattern. In fact, there are several that write numbers just like we do in the United States, and Mexico is one of them.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Decades Later, I Still Wonder Why My High School Spanish Teacher Never Mentioned This. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Brief News and Views Nov 20, 2019

    Nov 20, 2019:
    • Charco del Ingenio asks the city council to dismiss Fox's request,
    • Mexican Revolution Parade Nov 20,
    • Street closures for Revolution Parade Nov 20,
    • Deeds delivered to San Miguel families,
    • Pitbull owner refuses to take responsibility for attack,
    • Golwen, of the K9 Canine Unit, finds drugs,
    • The Beaches of the Riviera Maya Continue to Be Sargassum-Free,
    • Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering,
    • The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's.

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    Looking for more news? These are our top local news sites:
    San Miguel Times | Atención | Noticias Con Valor (sp) | News San Miguel (sp).
    See our Links page for more news sites.
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    Charco del Ingenio asks the city council to dismiss Fox's request
    El Charco del Ingenio issued a statement asking the city council to dismiss Vicente Fox's request to build an ecological reserve area, 60 apartments and an amusement park

    In the statement they state “On behalf of” El Charco del Ingenio AC ”, I want to make public our rejection of the intention of Mr. Vicente Fox, representative of the Vamos México Foundation, expressed to Governor Sinhué Rodríguez and Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal last 5 November, that 20 hectares of the Bicentennial Park be donated for the creation of an “inclusive” amusement park. "A Disneyland" (Fox dixit). His request includes the construction of 60 apartments to cover the expenses of CRISMA, a rehabilitation center that already occupies 2 hectares of the park, which were donated by the municipality to Vamos México in 2017.

    They point out Bicentennial Park was created in 2009 as a green area and today has more than 10,000 trees, offering an important environmental service to the city. Most of this park is located within the Ecological Preservation Zone El Charco del Ingenio and Surrounding Areas, effective since 2006 and recognized in the urban development programs that govern us until today. The Declaration of this protected area orders restricted land uses: ecological conservation, environmental education, scientific research and low impact recreation.
    Charco del Ingenio asks the city council to dismiss Fox's request (sp).

    They invite you to enjoy the Commemorative Parade for the 109th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution
    More than 60 contingents with almost 4 thousand participants will be part of the revolutionary parade, with a gala of various sports, martial arts, rhythmic, choreographic tables and dances that will be seen by thousands of spectators who will meet in the main streets of the city.

    The tour begins in the Cardo, crossing the Broad Street of San Antonio, Zacateros, Canal, Hernández Macías, Mesones, Núñez, San Francisco, Plaza Principal Norte, Plaza Principal Oeste (Portal Guadalupe), Plaza Principal Sur, Correo and deploying by Sollano (secondary) and Recreation (primary, baccalaureate and universities) to Benito Juárez Park.
    They invite you to enjoy the Commemorative Parade for the 109th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution (sp).

    Evictions for traditional revolutionary parade in SMA
    The day flew away and tomorrow there is a parade of the revolution! Do not forget to check the evictions so that they do not catch surprises and let's go to rest that early tomorrow to work! Dream of many little angels!
    On the occasion of the commemoration of the 109 years of the Mexican Revolution, the Municipal Transit Directorate will make closures and evictions along the route that the contingents will follow; In addition, public transport will not reach the Historic Center. The eviction of the roads will be from 6 in the morning of this ...
    Evictions for traditional revolutionary parade in SMA (sp).

    They deliver deeds to San Miguel families
    Today we deliver 156 deeds to our San Miguel families. And we will continue working #Todos_Juntos to be able to build that #SanMigueldeAllende that we all want, but above all, that our children deserve.
    "This house, this land is mine" is what 156 San Miguel families can now say that they already have the deed of their home. This was achieved today by the support of the Land Tendency Directorate and the Human Settlement Regularization Directorate ...
    They deliver deeds to San Miguel families (sp).

    The owner of the Pitbull who attacked a man on Calzada La Estación refuses to take responsibility
    A few weeks ago we published that a Pitbull dog attacked a man and his puppy while they walk on the Calzada La Estación and after several weeks of seeking justice for the pet and its owner, now the owner refuses to take responsibility for what his dog did . As we will remember, it was the ...
    The owner of the Pitbull who attacked a man on Calzada La Estación refuses to take responsibility (sp).

    Golwen, of the K9 Canine Unit of the FSPE, succeeded in arresting a man who was in possession of drugs
    On his first day at work as a canine binomial #policía , the puppy Golwen detected an individual with #droga in Salamanca and thanks to him they were able to stop him!
    On his first day of patrolling and surveillance in this city, the police dog of the K9 Canine Unit of the State Public Security Forces, the Golwen police dog, managed to arrest a man who was in possession of 45 doses of the drug With the characteristics of the crystal.
    Golwen, of the K9 Canine Unit of the FSPE, succeeded in arresting a man who was in possession of drugs (sp).

    The Beaches of the Riviera Maya Continue to Be Sargassum-Free
    A few months ago, it seemed like the Sargassum would never stop rolling in.

    For you folks who don’t know what Sargassum is, it’s a type of seaweed that has been showing up throughout the Caribbean in massive and unprecedented quantities since 2011. It piles up on the beaches, chokes the bays and smells absolutely terrible.
    The Beaches of the Riviera Maya Continue to Be Sargassum-Free. More #QrooPaul.

    Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering
    A University of Miami professor and expert on organized crime in Latin America has been charged with laundering millions of dollars of illicit proceeds from Venezuela, causing both shock and consternation in his circle and beyond.
    Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering.

    The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's
    On St. Andrews beach on Scotland's east coast, you might run across a solitary woman on occasion, walking close to the water where the sand is wet and firm. The North Sea wind blows her gray hair over her ears as the woman closes her eyes and holds her nose into the wind. Her nose quivers and lifts, as though she's about to sneeze.

    The woman's name is Joy Milne. She spent 26 years working as a nurse, raised three sons and cared for her ailing husband. Now, she is widowed. She spends her time traveling and enjoys taking long walks. She is 69 years old.

    Her nose is a bit crooked perhaps, neither particularly big nor particularly small, and when she takes her glasses off, which she does to look out at the sea, you can see two dimples where they usually rest. But Milne's nose is special: She has a much better sense of smell than most people.
    The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's.

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  • Mexico: Can the Police Lawfully Keep My Drivers License Until I Pay a Traffic Ticket?

    Qroo Paul: This is a common question that I’m asked directly by readers of the blog and that I see pop up from time to time in Facebook groups about Mexico.

    Judging by the comments on Facebook, the consensus among tourists and expats is that the answer is a firm “no” and that it’s only a bluff by a corrupt cop to get a bribe. That prevailing belief leads to some very interesting recommendations from fellow group members that vary from refusing to handover your license to carrying a stack of laminated copies of your license in your glove box.

    Many of the recommendations, if followed, could land you a starring role in a future episode of Locked Up Abroad. Perhaps I’ll address them in a future post, but for now, let’s just answer the million dollar question that appears in the title.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Mexico: Can the Police Lawfully Keep My Drivers License Until I Pay a Traffic Ticket? More #QrooPaul.

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  • Have Surgery for Free in Canada in 2021 or Pay to Have It Now in Mexico? Our Friend’s Decision…

    Qroo Paul: Carolyn is originally from Canada and has suffered from knee pain for many years. She saw an orthopedist in Canada who gave her a cortisone shot that relieved the pain, at least temporarily. When the pain returned, she returned to her primary care doctor and was given another referral to an orthopedist. The earliest appointment that she could get was three months later.

    When that appointment finally rolled around, the orthopedist recommended a knee replacement and scheduled it for January of 2021. That’s not a typo, folks, I meant to write 2021.

    Looking for a Better Solution in Old Mexico
    We know Carolyn because she’s a member of our expat community and divides her time between Canada and Mexico. When she returned following the disappointing news from the orthopedist, she decided to see what Mexico had to offer and contacted the Arthros Centro de Ortopedia y Traumatología in Playa del Carmen. She was able to get an appointment the same day and was examined Dr. Omar J. Garcia Contreras. That was on October 22, 2019.

    Pay close attention to the timeline as we move through the rest of the story. ...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at Have Surgery for Free in Canada in 2021 or Pay to Have It Now in Mexico? Our Friend’s Decision… More #QrooPaul.

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  • Crossing the Border into the U.S.? This App Will Tell You the Wait Times for Each Point of Entry

    Qroo Paul: If you’re planning on driving across the border into the U.S. from either Mexico or Canada, you might want to download this useful app from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help you identify the quickest route.

    The CBP Border Wait Times App will provide with real-time information about the wait times for all of the different crossings, as well as historical data to help you plan your trip better from the get-go. ...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Crossing the Border into the U.S.? This App Will Tell You the Wait Times for Each Point of Entry. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico: Useful Website to Research the Import Requirements for Different Animals

    Qroo Paul: Conducting research about Mexico online can be challenging because there are several government web pages with outdated or paraphrased information that can be misleading as written. That’s why it’s important to get as close to the source material as possible, and when it comes to finding the latest requirements to import an animal into Mexico, that means turning to SENASICA’s online database.

    SENASICA is short for el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad, Calidad Agroalimentaria, and they’re the folks who oversee and regulate the importation of animals into Mexico.

    SENASICA’s online database makes it easy to find the specific requirements based on the type of animal and the country of origin. The site is called el módulo de consulta de requisitos para la importación de mercancías zoosanitarias. Here’s a direct link...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Mexico: Useful Website to Research the Import Requirements for Different Animals. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico Relaxes the Requirements to Import Pets from the U.S. and Canada

    Qroo Paul: For years, bringing your pets along with you on vacation to Mexico meant gathering a bunch of paperwork like health certificates, vaccination records and proof that your furry friend was treated for parasites within the last six months. Fortunately, many of those requirements were eliminated earlier this year for pets originating from ether the United States or Canada.

    Import Procedures for Pets from the U.S. or Canada
    Let’s begin with a fun fact — in Mexico, only dogs and cats are considered pets. Well, at least in the eyes of the Mexican government. That means that the procedures discussed in this post only apply to dogs and cats.

    That may come as a shock to those of you who were planning on bringing your parakeet, ferret, rabbit or turtle on your next vacation to Cancun. For those folks, I have good news. Although your animal is not technically considered a pet, it’s still possible to bring them along with you to Mexico. I’ll be discussing those requirements in a future post.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Mexico Relaxes the Requirements to Import Pets from the U.S. and Canada. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Top 5 Gas Station Scams in Mexico

    Qroo Paul: When we first moved to Mexico, I was surprised to learn that all of the gas stations were still full service. An attendant will pump your gas, wash your windows — and if requested to do so — even check your vehicle’s tire pressure and fluid levels.

    It reminded me of the old fillin’ station on the Andy Griffith Show — with one exception, on that show, Goober wasn’t trying to shortchange, cheat or otherwise rip off the customers.

    Unfortunately, frauds and scams at gas stations are not uncommon in Mexico and if you’re a foreigner, the odds of someone trying to rip you off increase exponentially.

    In the video below, I’ll be discussing the five most common gas station scams you’re likely to encounter and sharing some tried-and-true tips to avoid becoming a victim.

    Watch the video and continue reading Qroo Paul at: Top 5 Gas Station Scams in Mexico. More #QrooPaul.

    Also see: Profeco imposes 13.8 million pesos in fines to gas stations in Guanajuato
    In Guanajuato, 4.3 percent of the 320 million pesos have been imposed on fines to gas stations, issued by the Federal Consumer Prosecutor's Office. This is the last informative cut in which it is detailed that the entity already has 13.8 million pesos in this type of sanctions.
    Profeco imposes 13.8 million pesos in fines to gas stations in Guanajuato (sp).

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  • What Happens Once the Mexican Consulate Approves Your Resident Visa?

    Qroo Paul: We get a lot of questions from our readers about the procedures/paperwork involved in the second part of the residency process. That’s the part that begins once you arrive in Mexico after having received either your temporary or permanent resident visa at a Mexican Consulate.

    Instead of writing an article on the subject, I decided to mix it up a little and I created a short animated video to walk you through the process. ...

    As I stated in the video, my recommendation is to hire a professional to handle the second part of the immigration process. It just makes life much easier.

    Watch the video and continue reading Qroo Paul at: What Happens Once the Mexican Consulate Approves Your Resident Visa? More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico: How Much ‘Stuff’ Can You Bring Duty-Free and Which Items Are Exempt?

    Qroo Paul: The folks who ask these types of questions generally fall into two categories: 1) People who are moving to Mexico from either the U.S. or Canada, and 2) people who already live in Mexico but return to their countries of origin to do some extensive shopping from time to time. ..

    The thing that I’ve always found unusual about Mexico’s Custom’s rules is that many of the monetary limits are set in U.S. dollars and not pesos. This is one of the times.

    You’re permitted to bring a certain dollar amount of goods, not including “personal luggage” (next section), into Mexico without being charged a duty. As you can see from the following chart, the limits vary depending on how you enter the country and whether or not you’re a Mexican citizen ...

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  • Our Neighbor’s Experience Getting Cataract Surgery in Mexico

    Qroo Paul: Our neighbor, Larry, is originally from the U.S. and moved to Mexico with his wife, Carolyn, in November of 2017. He and his wife are both in their 70’s and retired.

    It had been some time since either of them had had an eye exam, so they went to Dr. Irving Rico Leal, an ophthalmologist in Playa del Carmen, at the recommendation of Larry’s cardiologist. The consultation and exam were $800 pesos each ($40 USD*). ...

    Dr. Rico told Larry that he had level 2 cataracts and advised him that the condition would worsen over time. He gave him two possible treatment options. They both involved surgery ...

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  • Linda’s Experience Renewing Her U.S. Passport in Playa del Carmen

    Qroo Paul: Over the years, Linda and I have both renewed our passports a few times while living in the U.S. but this was the first time that either of us has had to renew since moving to Mexico.

    It was fast and easy to do, but since the procedure differed a little bit from how we did it in the States (i.e. just mailing it in), I thought I would do a quick post on it. That way those readers who are interested can learn about how it works and I can easily find the information next year when it’s time to renew my U.S. passport.

    If you’re outside of the U.S. (with the exception of Canada), you’re going to have to make an appointment at a U.S. Embassy, Consulate or Consular Agency to renew.

    We’re lucky because there’s a U.S. Consular Agency only 25 minutes north of where we live in Playa del Carmen. Linda contacted them to make an appointment and they subsequently emailed her all the procedures for renewal.

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  • Our Getaway to Isla Mujeres

    Qroo Paul: We go to Isla Mujeres once or twice a year and we normally stay about a week. We spend the time visiting our favorite restaurants, bars and beach clubs. So, basically what we do on the mainland too.

    We’re not experts on the island by any means, but I thought I would share some information about where we like to go on the island along with some pics Linda took.

    The last few times that we visited the island, we stayed at a small house located on the water called Caribbean Casa. The main picture for this post was taken on the balcony there. You’ll find a few more pics below. I’m sure you can see why we like it so much.

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  • Using an ATM in a Foreign Country? How to Avoid Paying Too Much for the Local Currency

    Qroo Paul: I’m going to start today’s post with a scenario:

    A couple from the U.S. travel to Mexico for vacation. They go to an ATM together and use their debit cards, both issued by the same U.S. bank, to withdraw $8,000 pesos. When they check their bank statement, they learn that one of them ended up paying more for the same amount of pesos.

    So, how is this possible?

    Simple. The one who paid more let the ATM operator handle the conversion from pesos to dollars, a practice known as dynamic currency conversion (DCC), while the other one declined the offer and let their bank do it.


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  • The Federal Law That Makes it Harder for Foreigners to Get a Job in Mexico

    Qroo Paul: We receive about a dozen emails from readers each month who tell us that their dream is to move to Mexico but they don’t have the financial resources to do it without working.

    Most of these readers are from either the U.S. or Canada and they tell us that their goal is to find a job in Mexico in the same field that they’re currently working in.

    In corresponding with these readers, it’s clear that they share a common belief that once they get their Mexican immigration paperwork in order, they’ll be able to compete on a level playing field for jobs, even against Mexican citizens.

    What they don’t know — at least until we tell them — is that there’s a federal law in Mexico that could put them at a big disadvantage in the job hunt.

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  • Brief News and Views July 27, 2019

    July 27, 2019:
    • Calle de Hernández Macías y Canal Closed Monday,
    • Three Police resign after peaceful demonstration,
    • “It was a meeting to hear concerns ...”,
    • GN barracks construction will begin in September,
    • Private Hospital Visit in Mexico,
    • Mexico Simplifies Telephone Dialing,
    • Recreational marijuana will be addressed in September,
    • Shelter Theater’s A Bench in the Sun Will Move and Amuse You,
    • In the US, wells being drilled ever deeper as groundwater vanishes,
    • Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s,
    • Like I'm Losing My Mind,
    • Internet down after farmers burn off fields, damage fiber optic cables,
    • State takes over policing in high-crime Nuevo León municipalities

    Calle de Hernández Macías y Canal Closed Monday
    IMPORTANT NOTICE: From 9 in the morning, this Monday, July 29, we will be working on the street of Hernández Macías y Canal; so it will be closed for vehicular traffic.

    Three elements of Police resign after peaceful demonstration in SMA Presidency
    This morning [Friday, July 26], a peaceful demonstration of Security elements was held at the premises of the Public Security Administrative building, joined by Traffic agents in support of their peers. In the facilities of the place located in front of the C4, ...
    Three elements of Police resign after peaceful demonstration in SMA Presidency (sp)
    Related: Insecurity exploits Villarreal against the media (sp)

    “It was a meeting to hear concerns, not manifestation” Gonzalo Gonzalez
    The Secretary of the City Council, Gonzalo Gonzalez spoke in an interview for a local media in order to deny the accusations made in other media. Ensures the situation this Friday was not a demonstration, but an approach to address the concerns of the elements to meet their requests

    During the interview, he indicated that several of the accusations lack support and harm society itself ...

    The morning of this Friday, the patrols already came out with two elements, however the police consider it not enough. So far 3 police have already resigned and five more intend to resign, ...
    “It was a meeting to hear concerns, not manifestation” Gonzalo Gonzalez (sp)

    Construction of the GN barracks will begin in September
    In continuity to the process of construction of the barracks for the National Guard, a contingent of the 16th. Military Zone went to the land donated by the Municipal Government of Comonfort where preliminary work for its construction began. It was the Secretary of the City Council, Sergio Israel Prado Botello, in charge of receiving the military ...
    Construction of the GN barracks will begin in September

    Our Friend’s Visit to a Private Hospital in Mexico
    We didn’t bother to call ahead to make an appointment because this was more of a fact-finding mission. I really didn’t expect them to be able to see him immediately — but they did.

    Within 10 minutes of arriving, our friend was being seen by an orthopedist. The doctor examined his wrist and gave him a cortisone injection. Before we knew it, he was done.

    Our friend classified the level of care as excellent.

    So, How Much Was it?
    Our Friend’s Visit to a Private Hospital in Mexico. More #QrooPaul.

    Mexico Simplifies its Telephone Dialing Rules
    On August 3rd, 2019 dialing Mexican telephone numbers will become simpler. This article explains the changes. ...

    If you roam between Mexico, the US and Canada, we recommend that you store all of your contact numbers using the international dialing format: [country code] [area code] [number]. Thus your Mexican contacts will be recorded with the +52 prefix before the area code and number, your American and Canadian contacts with the +1 prefix before the area code and number. By doing this, your calls will connect without need for you to make adjustments regardless of whether you are in Mexico or roaming in the US or Canada.
    Mexico Simplifies its Telephone Dialing Rules

    Mexico: Recreational use of marijuana will be addressed in September in the Senate
    The legislator explained that the issue of decriminalizing the use of marijuana is one of the pending issues of the legislative agenda of Morena , which will be addressed at the beginning of the second year of the LXlV Legislature, after the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) resolved in this regard, so that legislators addressed the issue.

    “In addition to the laws that will remain pending in the Senate, one of them key, the decriminalization of the use of marijuana … only marijuana … recreational use.”RICARDO MONREAL AVILA.
    Mexico: Recreational use of marijuana will be addressed in September in the Senate

    Shelter Theater’s A Bench in the Sun Will Move and Amuse You
    A Bench in the Sun’s protagonist, has only a legacy of disappointment in his life: three failed marriages, five ruined businesses, and children who won’t talk to him. But one thing that has not failed him is his preoccupation with women! This week, Marjorie Burren and Shelter Theater present a tribute ...
    Shelter Theater’s A Bench in the Sun Will Move and Amuse You

    In the US, wells being drilled ever deeper as groundwater vanishes
    Its distributed nature makes groundwater a challenging resource to manage. Unlike on the surface, where we can manage through public infrastructure like dams and reservoirs, groundwater is mostly tapped through millions of wells drilled by individuals, businesses, and farms. But current levels of groundwater use are not sustainable: resources are being steadily depleted as groundwater use outpaces natural replenishment. ...

    And even if people would like to drill deeper as shallower wells dry up, it's not always possible: as you drill deeper, groundwater may no longer be high quality or may not be as easy to extract in useful quantities.
    In the US, wells being drilled ever deeper as groundwater vanishes

    Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s
    This major call for action is based on substantial published evidence into Alzheimer’s. The team’s landmark editorial summarises the abundant data implicating these microbes, but until now this work has been largely ignored or dismissed as controversial – despite the absence of evidence to the contrary. ...

    Opposition to the microbial concepts resembles the fierce resistance to studies some years ago which showed that viruses cause certain types of cancer, and that a bacterium causes stomach ulcers. Those concepts were ultimately proved valid, leading to successful clinical trials and the subsequent development of appropriate treatments.

    “We are saying there is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease has a dormant microbial component, and that this can be woken up by iron dysregulation. Removing this iron will slow down or prevent cognitive degeneration – we can’t keep ignoring all of the evidence,” Professor Douglas Kell said.
    Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s
    Related: Alzheimer's Society Infections and dementia.

    Like I'm Losing My Mind
    I may be one chili away from dementia. ...

    A 15-year study of 4,582 Chinese older than 55 has concluded that the daily consumption of more than 50 grams of chili, markedly increases the chance of developing dementia. The effects were markedly greater on study members who were lean. The study sounds like one of those evil genies who grant wishes with literal accuracy.

    I always read these studies with a barge-load of skepticism. Most of the reported results sound as if they would be right at home amongst the banner headlines of The Enquirer -- "Elvis spotted with JFK, Alexander I, and Amelia Earhart on Onassis island." The only exception, of course, is any study that supports one of our more obvious vices.
    Like I'm Losing My Mind

    Internet down after farmers burn off fields, damage fiber optic cables
    Internet service was interrupted in many parts of Mexico yesterday after fiber optic cables were damaged by fire.

    Telmex informed users late yesterday afternoon that the company had restored full internet connectivity after interruptions began to occur about 3:00pm CDT.

    The company explained that the connectivity problems occurred when farmers were burning off fields in San Luis Potosí and Sinaloa, causing damage to fiber optic cables.
    Internet down after farmers burn off fields, damage fiber optic cables
    See also Telmex says that Infinitum has been 100% restored (sp), and, Telcel Internet and network were 100% restored: Telmex (sp).

    State takes over policing in high-crime Nuevo León municipalities
    The government said that the mayors of the bordering municipalities, located on the eastern outskirts of the state capital Monterrey, requested the intervention.

    There were 30 homicides in Cadereyta in the first six months of the year, an 87.5% increase over the 16 murders in the same period last year.

    It was even worse in Juárez. Homicide figures surged 377% in the first half of 2019, when there were 62 homicides compared to 13 in the same period of 2018.

    Residents of both municipalities welcomed news of the state police takeover.
    State takes over policing in high-crime Nuevo León municipalities
    See also: Civil Force takes control of police in Cadereyta (sp), and, They demand to rescue Cadereyta and Juárez (sp), and, Security coordination results for Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas (sp).

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