The People's Guide to Mexico: Articles & Letters, Questions & Answers
November 2006more) reply by Carl Franz
more) Reply by Bill Masterson
Avoid Oaxaca For The Next Few Months (Nov 06)If youll be a first-time visitor to Oacaca and expect to see the city/area made famous by travel brochures and travel guides - you do not want to visit now.....avoid Oaxaca like the plague for the next few months until the violence/disruptions subside... (more) by Bill Masterson more) by David "El Codo" Eidell
The actual story is somewhat different. Yes, there are federal troops, pro-government hit squads, and confrontations at various points around the city. Yes, the buses have stopped running, temporarily. Yes, people are getting killed, injured, arrested, disappeared and tortured. But no tourists have been involved... (more) by Stan Gotlieb, editor Oaxaca Essays & Online Newsletter
I hope this e-mail finds you well! I have been reading the People's Guide books and web site for several years now and love it!....I always see the old "can I live in 'so and so' for X amount of money" questions. It always makes me laugh because I couldn't even answer a question like that about my little English village I've lived in for the last 3 years. People all over the world generally live on what they have?....
In the States 'standard of living' is a big deal and the standard of living is quite high for average Americans. In most other countries that I've lived in (especially the siesta culture), it is more about quality of life....How tolerant are the people to busking (street musicians)?... (more) emails from Bill J and responses from Carl Franz
The regulations on the sale of real property to foreigners are found in the Mexican Foreign Investment Law. An American (or any foreign national) can acquire land almost anywhere in Mexico with the permission of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The only exception in the Foreign Investment Law is that foreigners may not acquire directly real property in the "restricted zone".
I awoke a few mornings ago to the sound of pounding surf in my ears and a pungent seashore odor in my nostrils. I relaxed, this was home and it was August and dawn was muted by billows of summer rain clouds. It seemed as though everything happens in moderation in the tropics -- the temperature was neither too hot nor too cold; unlike in more northerly latitudes the sun doesn't rise too early nor set too late during the summer; and pointless enthusiasm is tempered by balmy temperatures. Moderation, I repeated silently to myself as I drifted off again-- That's the key to life around here, mod
.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell
I-10 at 90 miles per hour
Our Truck Runs on Veggie Oil: Border Crossing with jugs hanging off the back?
We drive a diesel pickup truck with a camper on it. We've converted the truck to run on used vegetable oil, which I collect from restaurants when they throw it away. Obviously on the FAQ page of the Aduana Mexicana website there is no written regulation regarding crossing into Mexico with jugs of veggie oil hanging off the back of the truck, but since that is what I'd like to do, I'd like to try avoiding any hassle at the border by getting a written opinion in advance.... (more) Q&A between Steve Crofter and Carl Franz
When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This article will clarify the misconception that commonly occurs when individuals familiar with the Texas Office of Notary Public encounter a Mexican Notario Publico.
more) by Joan Parker
I wanted to give you an update about the latest mapping products for Mexico, especially state maps. It's Guia Roji out, Ediciones Independencia in! I highly recommend the new Ediciones Independencia series of state maps for Mexico. These maps are easy to read and each state map contains numerous city maps in a larger sheet size.....Commercial GPS maps for Mexico come to us from two publishers, BiciMapas and Garmin....(more) by Mark Walker
Even though my need is legitimate my question is this: If I go to TJ in search of Cypionate with my U.S prescription and manage to get a mexican presescription for the actual purchase, will I have trouble at the border?... (more) Answer by David "El Codo" Eidell
A US prescription has two purposes, the first is to convince the Mexican doctors that your personal physician believes that the medicine is justified.... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell