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gubabbaboy posted on the thread what is a 'car hotel' ? on the Mexico forum

I have lived in central Mexico for nearly 5 years. When my husband and I travel we often use Auto Hoteles. They're designed for privacy. When you enter, there is a barricade, and you speak into a speaker - no office here! Normally you'll be asked how many hours you'd like to stay.
Many people use these hotels for short-term private liassons. After the barricade is lifted you enter. Usually a person walks in front of your car to lead you to your room. There is often a private garage downstairs with closing doors and the room is above that. We have found them to be extremely clean, well-designed, and comfortable, often with marble or tile bathrooms/showers that would be considered luxurious in the US. My personal advice would be to use these hotels. We have had no negative experiences.
Good luck in your travels.

gubabbaboy created a new thread on the Mexico forum

Internet connection in central Mexico

Hello, Friends,
Greetings to all.
We are musicians living in my husband's small home town and have had internet problems from the git-go four years ago, and they seem to be getting worse. I use USB broad band now, and would like to switch to wireless receiver.
If I purchase a receiver in the US will it work here in Mexico?
Any experiences with this, anybody? Suggestions for better service with tech advice?
Thanks for reading.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread The other side of the Mexican postcard on the Mexico forum

I have lived in Guanajuato, Mexico for three years, right in the heart of the country. In a nutshell, we came because this country, this little town, this house is my husband’s birthplace. We had retired from years of working the US, and found it difficult there to live on our retirement income.  And in general, we are able to manage very well here.

Since we are farming my husband’s father’s land and two other pieces of land he bought in the 80’s we can’t travel a lot. We do manage to go occasionally to towns in other parts of the state and in nearby states, and we enjoy the drives, the views, and meeting new people.

As musicians, we especially enjoy going to Paracho, Michoacan, for guitar music festivals. This trip, as short as it is, can become part of the other side of the postcard.

When we let our travel plans out, people start saying “Michoacan? Don’t go there! There are many problems there, and it’s dangerous!”

We have never had problems traveling to Michocan during our trips there – over 20 years of short trips. We haven’t had any problem getting there, even when the roads were “closed because of violence”. Occasionally we are stopped and asked where we are from and where we are going. Then we are waved on.

The trouble we sometimes do have is with the federales and the Mexican version of Highway Patrol. We have been told we must turn over our car. We have been asked for money. We have been searched. We have been insulted.
There is red tape, very similar to the bureaucracy in the US.  You must pay for your car registration every year. You must pay property taxes. There may be problems with identification, addresses, money exchange.

You may have very different ideas about the intangibles of life than the people you live with. Opinions, ideas and ideals may differ widely. You may be ignored in your community. Language may be a problem if you find it difficult to apply your self to learning, or find it hard to make friends.

I think it's worth it. Yes, I do.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Car Legalization/Residente Temporal, My Experience on the Mexico forum

Hi, rsandyanne,
Well, as you can see from my post, I am still being informed - this was just my experience. What I have been told is right there:). If you have a Residente Temporal permit you (SHOULD) be allowed to have your car.
Check with an immigration lawyer, maybe, for a clearer answer?

gubabbaboy created a new thread on the Mexico forum

Car Legalization/Residente Temporal, My Experience

My husband and I have been living in a rancho in the state of Guanajuato for three years. This February I received my Residente Temporal card (my husband is Mexican), and we were relieved that our car with its California plates would now be legal without having to return it to the border for a new permit. At the immigration office in Leon, we were told that the car went along with my residency status. But after a few months we wanted to be sure, (especially after reading stories in blogs and information boards!)so we returned to the office to ask how we could get a temporary permit for the car to go along with the residency.

They sent us to the aduana offices at Puerto Interior, near the Bajio airport. Our first visit was early in August. At the aduana it was all very official. We had to leave our id’s at a kiosk, and sign a large book at the entrance of a large, silent office. After waiting a few minutes a young man came out of a nearby glassed-in office gave us a form to fill out, and asked for the title of the car, my passport, the car registration and the most recent 6-month permit (the one from the border). We returned a few days later with the documents.

This time a young woman came to see us and told us we didn’t need anything! No form to fill out - nothing! The car automatically goes along with the residency, she said.

We thought Great! and left to celebrate. But then, just this Monday  as we were driving my husband’s mother to a doctor visit in a nearby town,  we were stopped by a Transito Estatal police (their vehicles look a lot like US Highway Patrol). He asked for my driver’s license and didn’t notice that it was expired (whew! we are still waiting for it to arrive). He asked for my green card and said that those documents were in order, but that our car permit sticker was expired. Of course we explained that we had been told at the aduana that the car was legal, along with my green card.

He becamse testy, and asked if we were suggesting that he didn’t know the importation regulations. He threatened to confiscate the car. After lengthy protests from us he returned my license and green card and let us go “in respect for my mother-in-law”, who is ninety-one years old.

Yesterday we returned to the Puerto Interior. We were determined to get SOMETHING -a letter, or anything to carry with us in case we were stopped again.

At the kiosk we left our ids again, and returned to the big silent office. And this time the same young man came to talk with us. He is, evidently, a lawyer. He repeated what the young woman had told us - the car is legal, and as long as my status does not change to Resident Permanente, the car is legal as well.

We explained what had happened, and he said that the state transit police do not have the authority to confiscate the car, and that only the aduana can do that (hmmm!). He would not give us a letter or a permit or any kind of proof. Finally he gave us a pamphlet  from the SAT entitled Vehiculos/Vehicles - the one in Spanish, French and English that you can pick up at the border or other aduana places. He turned to a page and circled a couple of sentences in Spanish. It was the section  headed  Duration of Permit. It reads “For Foreigners”, “The duration of their immigration status, including extensions.”

The attorney told us not to let anyone confiscate the car (hah!) and that the car is legal without any other permit or document.

We walked out, dubiously shaking our heads, and as we left the area and got our documents back from the sympathetic man in the kiosk, he said, “And just now they brought in a trailer they confiscated.”

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Housing in San Miquel, Mexico on the Mexico forum

Try this for more information:
Civil_SMA : Civil San Miguel de Allende - Yahoo! Groups ...
Welcome to the list about San Miguel de Allende! This list is designed to let you share information, ideas, questions and answers with folks living in SMA or those ...
Good luck with your ideas.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Mail on the Mexico forum

I have had good service from They forward to our local post office box.

They handle all mail. They scan, shred, forward as you wish, for about $300/year. The only drawback for us is that you cannot actually go to the site when you are in the area.

Good luck with this project!

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Getting married in Mexico on the Mexico forum

We still are not married, having discovered that we really MUST provide a proof of non-impediment to marriage (proof that neither of us are married). It is a silly requirement in my opinion because there would be a myriad of ways and places a person could be married. But I am dutifully getting a statement of a search of records in the county where I used to live. Then that must be apostille by the state where I used to live.
Our lawyer is asking some questions to see if we might be excused from this requirement. We have lived together for more than 25 years!!
Good luck on your information gathering, your move and your marriage!!

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Getting married in Mexico on the Mexico forum

Thanks for your response.
The registrar is the one we must use, according to other registrar civil officials. We live half-way between two larger towns, but we "belong" to one, and not the other. My husband was born right here, in our little rancho. We have no previous marriages, hence no divorce decrees.
We will probably stick with our lawyer, as he has helped us with property issues, and when he discusses marriage with us, at least, it really DOES sound easy, as you say.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Getting married in Mexico on the Mexico forum

My husband and I are gathering documents to get married here in Mexico (he is Mexican; I am from USA).

We went to our local Registro Civil for assistance. The woman there who is in charge of all local birth/death/marriage records gave us a list of requirements. There is a new one called Proof Of No Impediment to marriage, and she asked us to get a document from the township we used to live in, in California, stating that neither of us were married there. And she wanted it Apostille! Searching the Internet, we could find no similar document.

We went to our lawyer, who had not heard of the requirement, but assures us that it is not necessary. He also assures us that the local clerk either has not read the requirement carefully, or is misinformed.

We'll keep you posted!

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Jalisco/Yucatan on the Jalisco forum

We live in the state of Guanajuato near Jalisco. We are happy here, but I'm sure we would be happy in Jalisco, as well. Both are conservative states, (overly conservative to my taste), have very affordable prices for food and housing.
I, too, write about our experiences here.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread cars and shipping on the San Miguel de Allende forum

If you haven't already solved this problem, you can get an import agent to help you. You didn't say where the car is located. You haven't mentioned getting a permit for the car.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Banking in Mexico on the Mexico forum

Thanks for your response. I think HSBC's fee for withdrawing money is less than $2.50. I haven't yet checked about fees for local accounts - I just know that right now, getting a local HSBC account sounds like a lot more trouble than it's worth, since I don't have me FM3 yet.

We just make one or two withdrawals a month.

And thanks for the reminder about being careful at ATM's.

gubabbaboy posted on the thread Banking in Mexico on the Mexico forum

We opened an account on-line with HSBC before we moved to Mexico, and have been satisfied. Money is deposited in the US, and easily available here from the many ATM's for a modest fee.

My niece uses and likes BanaMex, and had bad experiences with Banorte.

gubabbaboy added the blog Living in Mexico to the Mexico blog directory
My husband and I are professional musicians living in Mexico. We travel to the US for performances and record in our own studio. I write about our life, food and experiences in Mexico.
gubabbaboy created a new thread on the Mexico forum


I am new to this site.

I haven't seen this topic addressed yet. I have lived in Mexico since November, and have not figured out the best way to handle my old mailing address. I still have a mail box in California, and we plan to go there twice a year. I do most of my business online, but keeping the mailbox doesn't seem very handy. It seems important to me to keep a US address, though.

We live in a small rancho, and there is mail service here, but the deliveries seem to be sporadic at best.

We are getting a mailbox in the nearby town of San Francisco Del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico, a large town, but should I keep an address in the states?

How do you handle this? I have heard of folks who keep mailboxes in Arizona. I look forward to hearing your solutions.