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RE: Crossing Back Into The U.S.

Which crossing did you use? Where were the inspections. Have a safe trip home. Thanks, Playaboy. We crossed both ways at the Hidalgo bridge. Coming home today, the military inspection heading north was over 4km long. Something is going down, not for me to say, but we have never seen it that long. Crossing the bridge into Mexico we had a green light. We know many people in Reynosa. It has its good points and is much better than Nuevo Laredo as a city. Many Mexicans have homes in McAllen as well. Nothing exciting to tell other than the fact (I have to check my dashcam) a pickup truck either blew a tire or just lost control and flew, literally, across the median and onto the other side of the autopista. We pulled over, and he got out of the pickup and did a walk around. So, he survived! But, man, those things really give you a wake-up call to pay attention to the road. Overall, a good trip. Our infamous president has now said he is authorizing a booster shot as Omicron has shown its ugly face in Mexico. This will be long term and we are ready to participate in the process. I have to say, as much as I love Texas, it is in a constant state of highway construction. Hwy 83 has been under construction since I first visited in the early 80s.
qtla9111 12/03/21 05:49pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Contracted employees, self-employed, are not eligible for aguinaldos by law. The years I worked as an independent consultant, via honorarios, was never included. When a person, such as a maid works for more than one person, they aren't eligible either as you have to be fully employed by one employer. Similar to a person who works less than 40 hour weeks in the U.S. is generally not eligible for any company benefits. BTW, an employee of OXXO (where I worked in corporate for a year) posted the truth about his pay at the store he worked at. His salary was so good, and his benefits, that many people posted, "I have a degree and work in a large corporation. I would be better off working in an OXXO". Of course, the guy who posted on TikTok is a store leader. His salary is 20,000 pesos a month, IMSS, INFONAVIT, aguinaldo, and 750 pesos additional in despensa or food coupons. The years I worked in the U.S., employees received a turkey. Big deal.
qtla9111 12/03/21 06:35am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

It became a mandatory monetary benefit in 1970, with an amendment to the Federal Labor Law, which stipulated that the bonus should be equivalent to at least 15 days of salary and must be delivered before December 20. In the constitutional article, it is referred to as a bonus although mandatory. Full-time teachers in the state of Nuevo Leon receive an average of 50,000 pesos, current and retired. Keep in mind the 2 weeks is a minimum and many company employees receive much more. If you read the link below the history goes back hundreds of years and for different reasons including the influence of the church. https://www.milenio.com/negocios/breve-historia-de-cual-es-el-origen-del-aguinaldo
qtla9111 12/03/21 06:10am RVing in Mexico and South America
Crossing Back Into The U.S.

We decided to go to McAllen for a booster shot. It's been two years for us. They only have one lane open to the bridge and we entered the line at 11:52. Once you get to the bridge it remains one lane. On the U.S. side, they split up into different lanes for the border inspection. That was at 12:52 and the agent asked to see our vaccination records, passports, and visa permit. Off we went three hundred yards ahead and we found the commercial strip center next to the Whataburger. They had the vaccination tent set up. We filled out the forms, no questions were asked. A little tense on the toll highway at the two inspections. It looks like they have been hit a couple of times. Spikes strewn over the shoulders and one lane. The soldiers were very cautious and were changing the spiked chains from one lane to another during the 30 minutes it took us to get through. Both checkpoints were the same. Lots of scattered car parts and glass. We saw four RVs heading south one of each class. Reynosa was pretty busy but calm. Soldiers and GN just about everywhere. Heading back home Friday the 3rd.
qtla9111 12/02/21 09:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

You are likely correct. We remember some of our very first trips to Mexico in the early 1980s when we changed money and became millionaires. How times have changed! We now live here permanently, in our dream home in Zihuatanejo, and as a bonus find the living expenses to be less than they were in our former Southern California beach enclave. Agreed, for those that earn dollars. Those of us who earned pesos feel the sting every day when we buy gasoline, gas LP, and groceries that continue to go up in price.
qtla9111 12/02/21 05:22am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

The latest from PROFECO, November 2021 compares prices under EPN (Enrique Peña Nieto) and AMLO (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador). https://i.imgur.com/VNFuDNWl.jpg
qtla9111 12/01/21 05:59am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: They are coming!!!

Coming back from SMA on Tuesday we saw a motorhome pulling a pickup with an ATV in the bed over the mountains from Linares to San Roberto. We haven't seen that in a long time. I guess it's time to uncover the RV!
qtla9111 11/25/21 05:51am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Living in Mexico on a tourist Visa. Legal or Illegal?

If you are not a perpetual tourist, why do you care if someone else is? This is a pretty common approach to things these days, "live and let live" and that is probably why there are so many problems. It has a lot to do with a person's moral compass. You might ask, "How does this affect you?". For starters, as a foreigner, something of which I will never escape, it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many Mexicans. "You gringos come here and do whatever you want". I've heard all the lines. Now, because of the foreigners coming from the southern part of the continent illegally, we have now been put on alert so that INM might stop us and check to see if we have our papers with us. That's what happens when people don't follow the rules and everyone else has to pay the price. Americans and Canadians in SMA are breaking federal, state, and local rules by paying mafias that provide a plastic license plate to avoid paying taxes and import fees on their vehicles. It looks pretty silly to see, as I did last week, a current model Mercedes and a Lexus both owned by gringos flaunting those plates. What is the message being sent to Mexicans, "Oh you come here in your big fancy cars and then not pay anything while we have to pay coyotes, Aduana, and cartels upwards of $450 USD so we can cross our cars into Mexico legally?" ? Americans and Canadians come here thinking we have no rules or that they can easily be broken. Yet in their respective countries, they would never think of doing such things and frown upon those foreigners who do. What does a Rver in Mexico actually pay for that adds to the general economy? Many rvers come with their rvs loaded with foodstuffs, fuel, wine, the sacred Canadian butter, and the cheddar cheese. Buying veggies off the food truck is self-serving and the RV park owner employs but a handful of people most of which make next to nothing. The list goes on. Don't brag to a Mexican that "I'm an American" because first off, we are all Americans, and second turn around and think you can break all the rules, it's not a show of one's true colors. Buy Mexican and follow the rules. JMHO
qtla9111 11/24/21 06:27pm RVing in Mexico and South America
La Siesta Rv Park Then And Now

Being here in San Miguel de Allende brings back a lot of fond memories including the La Siesta Hotel and Rv Park. It was located just off the libramiento in the middle of the city. It was convenient, airy and outdoorsy but you could walk everywhere. We were fortunate enough to celebrate many holidays there with rvers from as far away as Holland. Unfortunately, Don Raul made the decision to sell the place for a Walmart or Costco which never took place. Years on now, it was finally given permission and the permits registered. Here's what the RV park looked like then and now. https://i.imgur.com/Ohtj5OEl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/nkMcFKbl.jpg
qtla9111 11/19/21 02:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border is open

Prices are all over the map depending on the source of the fuel and competing stations. Some stations have low prices because they are larger rest stops and offer many services. In a five km radius here in Santiago,NL the prices range from 19.99 to 23 pesos for fuel. The apps come in handy, it's a matter of getting used to them.
qtla9111 11/12/21 05:22am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Gas prices

This is a good place to start although they can change any day. You need to know the state and city or municipality. Check Gasoline And Diesel Prices Official Government Website We found gas on Hwy 57 to be as low as 18.74 a liter, that was a week ago Friday. Border prices are competitive with those on the U.S. side for logical reasons. I would suspect border prices dropping a little more after tomorrow's reopening.
qtla9111 11/07/21 05:45pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

I think that is true in any country. X2
qtla9111 11/02/21 05:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

42 Tim Horton's in Mexico so far. We saw a new one going up today when we went to Home Depot in Monterrey.
qtla9111 11/01/21 02:47pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

This might solve part of the puzzle. It was never a requirement before. Foreign Tourists Must Show Immigration Document To Buy A Bus Ticket
qtla9111 11/01/21 10:31am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Expired RV permit

I want to believe that there will some sort of moratorium on expired permits depending on when they were requested and the date of expiration. I'm no expert on that but it sounds like with what we have been through and governmental border closing it would be understood. Anybody?
qtla9111 10/29/21 06:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Car Jacking

Not comfortable posting this but I do believe it is important. Matamoros and the surrounding areas along the border have had heavy gunfire every night for the last week. Streets blocked, cars set on fire. Most of it was caused by the death of a cartel leader. In English, you can find many reports searching for "Matamoros news".
qtla9111 10/26/21 09:26am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Hurricane Rick

Does your Mexican homeowner's policy cover flooding? Our policy does and it's paid off twice. Worth checking.
qtla9111 10/25/21 05:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mask use in Mexico Right Now-It's IMPORTANT!

There are some of us who were vaccinated here in Mexico. This is the official government website where you can scan and print your vaccine registration. Mexico Vaccine Registration
qtla9111 10/16/21 07:12am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

People here in Mexico would love for the U.S. border to be open as well. "The economies of U.S. border communities have suffered losses of US $10 billion since March 2020 due to the inability of many Mexicans to cross the border to go shopping, eat in restaurants and fill up their cars, according to a study by José Iván Rodríguez Sanchez of the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University in Texas."
qtla9111 10/08/21 04:46pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Clicky - Traveling in Canada by plane or train? You'll need to show proof of vaccination, starting Oct. 30
qtla9111 10/07/21 08:17am RVing in Mexico and South America
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