We all know about Cancún and Cozumel and Acapulco, but there’s much more to Mexico than the colossal beach resorts. Did you know that Mexico is so mountainous that if its total land area were laid flat, it would be bigger than the entire continent of Asia? That’s a lot of nooks and crannies for hidden gems to hide. If you’re heading south of the border to have gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico, or just to get some dental implants, try to fit in one of these lesser visited sites to make your trip truly unique.
Although the southern state of Oaxaca itself is far from a hidden gem, there are places here that your average all-inclusive resort goer has never heard of:
- San José del Pacífico – This quaint, quiet mountain town is a great place to recharge some tired batteries. Rent a cabin for the night and watch the sunset in the valley from above the layers of cloud. If it’s your thing, you can sample the local specialty: psychedelic mushrooms.
- Hierve El Agua – Translated literally to ‘The Water Boils’, this natural wonder in the middle of the Oaxacan desert took thousands of years to take the form of frozen waterfalls. You can also take a dip in the natural springs.
- The Bays of Huatulco – This is the perfect destination if you want the five star resort experience without the crowds. Oaxaca’s version of Cancún boasts luxury accommodations and nine different bays to explore.
- Xadanú Eco Retreat Center – Really get away from it all at Xadanú. Located just north of Huatulco, they offer yoga, massages, horseback riding, white water rafting and more!
Isla de la Peidra, Mazatlán
Funny thing about ‘Stone Island’ is that it isn’t even an island at all. It’s actually a long, skinny peninsula that the locals call an island because it’s most commonly reached by boat from the southern end of the bustling city center of OldMazatlán, Sinaloa. Sunday afternoons draw the locals for barbecues and swimming, but the beach is pretty much deserted the rest of the week. Stop in at the first palapa (beach hut) place on the beach and ask for José. He’ll cook you up a delicious mackerel.
This old mining town nestled in a narrow valley is simply a delight. The pastel oranges, pinks, purples and blues of the brightly painted houses on the steep mountain sides offer kaleidoscopic views. There are mummies in the museum and the city’s granary was the site of one of the most famous battles of the Mexican War of Independence. The most distinctive feature of Guanajuato is the series of tunnels under the city. They were originally used for flood control, but a dam now keeps the river at bay and they have been converted into underground thoroughfares.
Tulum is a small town on the highway just a couple hours south of Cancún. Its beaches are just as impressive as those at the megaresorts to the north. What gives Tulum its real charm are the cenotes, or sinkholes full of crystal clear water. You can rent snorkeling gear and swim around the mouth of a cave that is actually connected to a huge cave system under the Yucatán Peninsula.
Tulum is also home to Mayan ruins. Although they aren’t as architecturally impressive as those at Palenque or ChichénItzá, they are located on rocks overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It’s a beautiful location to take in some culture, and there’s even a beach within the park grounds where you can take a break from the sun in between photo ops.
If you’re just planning to get away for while or to explore a place or thinking of coming down to see a surgeon like Dr. Ismael Cabrera for weight loss surgery, consider adding some of these hidden secrets to your itinerary to have a one of a kind experience in Mexico.
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Dr. Deepika Garg – Dentist, and Internet Enthusiast.
The Secretaría de Gobernación released the guidelines for the immigration process today. Honestly, I am a little disappointed by some of the requirements: some may make it harder for foreigners to live, work and retire in Mexico. I want to believe that these guidelines are temporary and will be adjusted over time to encourage foreign investment in Mexico, but we shall see.
Here is a very general idea of how the new immigration process is going to work, I’ll probably publish more in depth articles over time and as I get practical experience.
Getting a new immigration document
If you don’t have an FM3 or FM2 (No-Inmigrante or Inmigrante) in your hand or in process before November 9th of 2012 and you want residency in Mexico, you will have to ask for it using the new immigration rules that have been published in relation to the Ley de Migración of May 25, 2011. The big change in these immigration rules, apart from the names of the immigration documents (which in my opinion, really are very superficial changes), is that in most cases you will no longer be able to change from a “tourist” to a “resident” while in Mexico.
If you come from one of the countries that Mexico has agreed does not need a “visa” for entry, you will still need to go the nearest Mexican Consulate in order to pre-process the following types of immigration documents (which are now called “visas”):
1. Temporary Residency for students
2. Temporary Residency for people not planning on working while in Mexico
3. Permanent Residency for people not planning on working while in Mexico
The process for any of these documents is simple enough, but I am going to deal with only the last two hypotheses in this article.
People who plan on living in Mexico and not working
If you are going to live in Mexico and plan on not working, you are going to need to prove that you have enough money to eat, pay rent and go fishing. To get the “visa” to live in Mexico for an extended period of time and not work, you will need to go to the Mexican Consulate nearest you with the following:
- A color, passport sized photo (1.5″ x 1″)
- The document showing your legal presence in the country you are in, IF you are not a citizen of that country
- Original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with an average worth over the previous year equivalent to $95,000.00 USD;
- Original and copy of documents that prove that the foreigner has had for the previous six months an income from a job (outside of Mexico) or a pension that pays at least $1,950.00 USD per month;
- Proof of a any familiar bond with another Temporary or Permanent Resident or a marital (or equivalent) bond with a Mexican;
- Original and copy of a notarized public deed showing ownership (or trust rights) to a property in Mexico worth at least $195,000.00 USD;
- Proof of participation of at least $100,000.00 USD in a Mexican company;
- Proof of ownership in heavy equipment or machinery in Mexico worth more than $100,000.00 USD; OR
- Proof of doing business in Mexico and legally creating at least 5 jobs for Mexicans.
Please make sure to note the OR in that previous list! Any one of the requirements in that list, or the following list, will be sufficient to obtain a “visa”. Also, these are the requirements for people who are planning on NOT WORKING while in Mexico, the process for people going to Mexico to work are different and will be covered later.
- Original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with an average worth over the previous year equivalent to $95,000.00 USD;
- Original and copy of documents that prove that the foreigner has had for the previous six months an income from a job (outside of Mexico) or a pension that pays at least $2,400.00 USD per month;
- Proof of parent-child bond with a Mexican citizen by birth (this would be birth certificates of everyone involved, plus any other documents proving the citizenship of the Mexican citizen);
- Proof of the same parent-child bond with another Permanent Resident; OR
- Proof that you have enough points (based on a points system that still hasn’t been published).
How long will this take?
That is a great question, and one that I hate to ever answer (mañana). Fortunately for you, I think the new process will be fairly fast. The law requires that the consular visa applications be resolved within 10 days of when you submit them, hopefully this will be the case.
I have my Residency “visa”, how do I get my Residency card?
Come to Mexico. Once you get into Mexico you will have another 30 days to take your “visa” to the nearest Immigration Institute office and they will help you with the process of changing the “visa” into a residency card (see below).
What do I need to take to the Immigration office?
To change your non-working “visa” for a Residency card, you will need to take a few things with you to the immigration office:
- The form that you will fill out online
- Your passport
- Your FMM (the tourist card you get when you enter Mexico)
- Receipt of payment of the corresponding fees
- Three color photos, “infantil” sized (2.5cm x 3cm)
Once you bring all this paperwork into Immigration, the process is supposed to take only 15 days. I’d guess that for the next couple of months, while everyone is getting used to the new system, it might take a little longer.
This concludes today’s installment of MyMexicanLawyer.com, please tune in later on in the week for the next installment of this series: Working in Mexico under the new Immigration Law. I will try to publish that article in the next couple of days.
Source: Our thanks to the author of this excellent article, Solomon Freimuth, an American lawyer working in Mexico.
Contact information: Call from the United States or Canada 1-800-895-0968 from inside Mexico 01-984-148-1003, website is, http://www.mymexicanlawyer.com/
“Queridos hermanos y hermanas:
Papa Francisco I
Doy gracias al Señor por poder celebrar esta Santa Misa de comienzo del ministerio petrino en la solemnidad de San José, esposo de la Virgen María y patrono de la Iglesia universal: es una coincidencia muy rica de significado, y es también el onomástico de mi venerado predecesor: le estamos cercanos con la oración, llena de afecto y gratitud.
Saludo con afecto a los hermanos cardenales y obispos, a los presbíteros, diáconos, religiosos y religiosas y a todos los fieles laicos. Agradezco por su presencia a los representantes de las otras iglesias y comunidades eclesiales, así como a los representantes de la comunidad judía y otras comunidades religiosas. Dirijo un cordial saludo a los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno, a las delegaciones oficiales de tantos países del mundo y al Cuerpo Diplomático.
Hemos escuchado en el Evangelio que “José hizo lo que el ángel del Señor le había mandado, y recibió a su mujer” (Mt 1,24). En estas palabras se encierra ya la misión que Dios confía a José, la de ser custos, custodio. Custodio ¨de quién? De María y Jesús; pero es una custodia que se alarga luego a la Iglesia, como ha señalado el beato Juan Pablo II: “Al igual que cuidó amorosamente a María y se dedicó con gozoso empeño a la educación de Jesucristo, también custodia y protege su cuerpo místico, la Iglesia, de la que la Virgen Santa es figura y modelo” (Exhort. ap. Redemptoris Custos, 1).
¿Cómo ejerce José esta custodia? Con discreción, con humildad, en silencio, pero con una presencia constante y una fidelidad y total, aun cuando no comprende. Desde su matrimonio con María hasta el episodio de Jesús en el Templo de Jerusalén a los doce años, acompaña en todo momento con esmero y amor. Está junto a María, su esposa, tanto en los momentos serenos de la vida como los difíciles, en el viaje a Belén para el censo y en las horas temblorosas y gozosas del parto; en el momento dramático de la huida a Egipto y en la afanosa búsqueda de su hijo en el Templo; y después en la vida cotidiana en la casa de Nazaret, en el taller donde enseñó el oficio a Jesús.
¿Cómo vive José su vocación como custodio de María, de Jesús, de la Iglesia? Con la atención constante a Dios, abierto a sus signos, disponible a su proyecto, y no tanto al propio; y eso es lo que Dios le pidió a David, como hemos escuchado en la primera lectura: Dios no quiere una casa construida por el hombre, sino la fidelidad a su palabra, a su designio; y es Dios mismo quien construye la casa, pero de piedras vivas marcadas por su Espíritu. Y José es “custodio” porque sabe escuchar a Dios, se deja guiar por su voluntad, y precisamente por eso es más sensible aún a las personas que se le han confiado, sabe cómo leer con realismo los acontecimientos, está atento a lo que le rodea, y sabe tomar las decisiones más sensatas. En él, queridos amigos, vemos cómo se responde a la llamada de Dios, con disponibilidad, con prontitud; pero vemos también cuál es el centro de la vocación cristiana: Cristo. Guardemos a Cristo en nuestra vida, para guardar a los demás, salvaguardar la creación.
Pero la vocación de custodiar no sólo nos atañe a nosotros, los cristianos, sino que tiene una dimensión que antecede y que es simplemente humana, corresponde a todos. Es custodiar toda la creación, la belleza de la creación, como se nos dice en el libro del Génesis y como nos muestra San Francisco de Asís: es tener respeto por todas las criaturas de Dios y por el entorno en el que vivimos. Es custodiar a la gente, el preocuparse por todos, por cada uno, con amor, especialmente por los niños, los ancianos, quienes son más frágiles y que a menudo se quedan en la periferia de nuestro corazón. Es preocuparse uno del otro en la familia: los cónyuges se guardan recíprocamente y luego, como padres, cuidan de los hijos, y con el tiempo, también los hijos se convertirán en cuidadores de sus padres. Es vivir con sinceridad las amistades, que son un recíproco protegerse en la confianza, en el respeto y en el bien. En el fondo, todo está confiado a la custodia del hombre, y es una responsabilidad que nos afecta a todos. Sed custodios de los dones de Dios.
Y cuando el hombre falla en esta responsabilidad, cuando no nos preocupamos por la creación y por los hermanos, entonces gana terreno la destrucción y el corazón se queda árido. Por desgracia, en todas las épocas de la historia existen “Herodes” que traman planes de muerte, destruyen y desfiguran el rostro del hombre y de la mujer.
Quisiera pedir, por favor, a todos los que ocupan puestos de responsabilidad en el ámbito económico, político o social, a todos los hombres y mujeres de buena voluntad: seamos “custodios” de la creación, del designio de Dios inscrito en la naturaleza, guardianes del otro, del medio ambiente; no dejemos que los signos de destrucción y de muerte acompañen el camino de este mundo nuestro. Pero, para “custodiar”, también tenemos que cuidar de nosotros mismos. Recordemos que el odio, la envidia, la soberbia ensucian la vida. Custodiar quiere decir entonces vigilar sobre nuestros sentimientos, nuestro corazón, porque ahí es de donde salen las intenciones buenas y malas: las que construyen y las que destruyen. No debemos tener miedo de la bondad, más aún, ni siquiera de la ternura.
Y aquí añado entonces una ulterior anotación: el preocuparse, el custodiar, requiere bondad, pide ser vivido con ternura. En los Evangelios, san José aparece como un hombre fuerte y valiente, trabajador, pero en su alma se percibe una gran ternura, que no es la virtud de los débiles, sino más bien todo lo contrario: denota fortaleza de ánimo y capacidad de atención, de compasión, de verdadera apertura al otro, de amor. No debemos tener miedo de la bondad, de la ternura.
Hoy, junto a la fiesta de San José, celebramos el inicio del ministerio del nuevo Obispo de Roma, Sucesor de Pedro, que comporta también un poder. Ciertamente, Jesucristo ha dado un poder a Pedro, pero ¨de qué poder se trata? A las tres preguntas de Jesús a Pedro sobre el amor, sigue la triple invitación: Apacienta mis corderos, apacienta mis ovejas. Nunca olvidemos que el verdadero poder es el servicio, y que también el Papa, para ejercer el poder, debe entrar cada vez más en ese servicio que tiene su culmen luminoso en la cruz; debe poner sus ojos en el servicio humilde, concreto, rico de fe, de san José y, como él, abrir los brazos para custodiar a todo el Pueblo de Dios y acoger con afecto y ternura a toda la humanidad, especialmente los más pobres, los más débiles, los más pequeños; eso que Mateo describe en el juicio final sobre la caridad: al hambriento, al sediento, al forastero, al desnudo, al enfermo, al encarcelado (cf. Mt 25,31-46). Sólo el que sirve con amor sabe custodiar.
En la segunda lectura, San Pablo habla de Abraham, que “apoyado en la esperanza, creyó, contra toda esperanza” (Rm 4,18). Apoyado en la esperanza, contra toda esperanza. También hoy, ante tantos cúmulos de cielo gris, hemos de ver la luz de la esperanza y dar nosotros mismos esperanza. Custodiar la creación, cada hombre y cada mujer, con una mirada de ternura y de amor; es abrir un resquicio de luz en medio de tantas nubes; es llevar el calor de la esperanza. Y, para el creyente, para nosotros los cristianos, como Abraham, como san José, la esperanza que llevamos tiene el horizonte de Dios, que se nos ha abierto en Cristo, está fundada sobre la roca que es Dios.
Custodiar a Jesús con María, custodiar toda la creación, custodiar a todos, especialmente a los más pobres, custodiarnos a nosotros mismos; he aquí un servicio que el Obispo de Roma está llamado a desempeñar, pero al que todos estamos llamados, para hacer brillar la estrella de la esperanza: protejamos con amor lo que Dios nos ha dado.
Imploro la intercesión de la Virgen María, de San José, de los Apóstoles San Pedro y San Pablo, de San Francisco, para que el Espíritu Santo acompañe mi ministerio, y a todos vosotros os digo: Recen por mí. Amén”.
Just before the 2012 holiday season began, we woke up to discover that a neighbor in our street had brought in a dog, and chained it up in front of his house. The chain was short so that the poor dog could not reach the sidewalk—he was exposed to cold, rain, and anyone passing by.
This is our dog, Rex. He has never been chained up and we treat him like the King he is!
We are not meddlers in any way. However, when an animal is abused, Jim, Matthew and I get very upset.
We discussed this issue with our vet, Dr. Rafael, an animal lover himself. He told us, “You can call the police and they will come to see what is happening to the dog.”
Someone else in our neighborhood had already done that, and the police did come twice to owner’s house, to check on the status of the dog. With the arrival of the police, the owner unchained the dog, and showed the police a small jacket the dog could wear during the cold nights. Jim sat outside our front porch, with our dog, Rex, by his side, and kept an ongoing diary of the players involved. He never saw the owner put the jacket on the dog, or pay any attention whatsoever to the poor dog.
“Maryann, this fella with the chained dog rents the house from the fella next door, the guy with them there 2 fancy dogs,” noted Jim.
“How do you know that?” asked a concerned Matthew.
“Well, I see the dog guy comin’ over to clean the poop of the chained dog. Now, who in tarnation is gonna to do that, if he ain’t the owner?” fumed Jim.
“What are you going to do Jim; we have to feed that dog?” I said.
“Well, I am gonna talk to that dog fella, first—the one with the two dogs,” said Jim.
“I’ll be right back.” Jim came back, in a good half hour.
“Well, what happened Jim?” Matthew and I asked.
“I told the dog guy that it was cruel to see a dog chained outside…he said he has his two dogs kept outside as well. No go or sympathy with the dog guy,” said a frustrated Jim.
“So now what? We’re not gonna sit around and do nothing.” I said.
“Tonight, we’re gonna feed the dog!” said Jim.
“Action at last!” I clapped.
“What time Jim?” asked Matthew.
“Late.” answered Jim.
Using our own dog, Rex’s food, of dry and wet food, we waited. Matthew came out of his bedroom, all dressed in black.
“What are you doing’ dressed up like some ninja?” asked Jim.
“Ah, so no one will see me,” grinned Matthew.
“Haven’t you learnt after living in Mexico, that the neighborhood has eyes?” said Jim.
“Good for you Matthew. You go right ahead. I hope the neighborhood will be watching!” I said.
Late in the evening, with just the streetlights shining down on us, we walked to the house, where the poor dog was chained. Jim threw some dog biscuits to kept the dog’s attention. We used the same ones that we get for Rex.
I had mixed up some dog food with what we give to Rex. Next, Jim threw the dog food that I had prepared, on a Styrofoam plate, as near as possible to the growling dog. The neighbor’s two huge dogs started barking up a storm, and began jumping up and down on their chain link fence. Then they calmed down.
“These two dogs know my scent, we always walk past them. Rex is always the calm one. Time to go guys!” said Jim
In less than a minute, the chained dog had eaten everything and looked up for more food. “Wow, that was quick; poor fellow was starving!” I said.
We continued to feed the chained dog every night. One evening, another of our neighbors, Jesus, showed up, with food and a blanket for the chained dog. This was good news!
“My daughter went over to talk to the owner, but he refused to put the dog in the back garden. She called the police,” said Jesus.
“It is painful to watch this old dog suffer like this,” said Jesus.
I stayed out of the conversation, and let the men talk. It was wonderful to see that we had neighborhood support!
About 10 days later, the dog was gone! The neighborhood pressure had made it difficult for the owner to carry on his cruel behavior.
I had prayed so hard for some kind of law against animal cruelty in Mexico, and one morning, Jim came in and informed me of the good news. As far as we are concerned, this law, even though it is valid only in Mexico’s Federal District (Mexico City) is a great first step. It will cost perpetrators of animal abuse to think twice, before they decide to torture them. Now we all have to push for the law to be adopted in Baja California, and throughout Mexico.
Here is the information Jim received over the Internet concerning the law:
“MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City lawmakers have approved prison terms for animal cruelty, previously considered a civil offense sanctioned with fines and detentions.
The capital’s legislative assembly unanimously agreed that people who intentionally abuse and cause animals harm will face up to two years in prison and pay up to $500. If the animal is killed, they can face up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Antonio Padierna, president of the assembly’s law enforcement and justice committee, said late Friday that if animals are killed for food, the death must be quick and not cause pain.
The lawmakers agreed current administrative laws weren’t doing enough to end animal cruelty. In Mexico City, animals are sometimes killed by being burned, beaten or shot.
Here is the information straight from Mexico City for our Spanish-speaking friends:
¡Victoria! ¡En D.F. se castigará con cárcel el maltrato y asesinato de animales!
El 28 de Diciembre, la Asamblea Legislativa del Distrito Federal aprobó por unanimidad la reforma al Código Penal de la entidad, que ahora reconoce y tipifica como delito, los actos de maltrato y asesinato perpetrados hacia animales. ¡La capital mexicana ha sentado un precedente histórico en el país!
Esta resolución es un evidente gran avance en materia de Derechos Animales, y el Distrito Federal es la primer entidad mexicana que tipifica el maltrato y crueldad hacia los animales, como un delito, estableciendo que se castigará con cárcel a quienes lesionen o maten animales domésticos y ferales.
Las penas previstas en el Código Penal para el Distrito Federal, por maltratar animales, contemplan de seis meses a dos años de prisión y multas de cincuenta a cien días de salario mínimo vigente; estas medidas pueden aumentar hasta la mitad, si las lesiones causadas ponen en peligro la vida de la víctima. Quien asesine a un animal podría pasar de dos a cuatro años en prisión, y pagar una multa que oscila entre doscientos y cuatrocientos días de salario mínimo vigente; esto también puede aumentar si a la víctima mortal se le infligió un grave sufrimiento.
AnimaNaturalis Internacional aplaude este significativo avance, que ha sido resultado de un trabajo conjunto entre activistas por los Derechos Animales y legisladores; los primeros, realizando campañas informativas y educativas que progresivamente han colocado a la Defensa de los Animales como un tema de interés para la sociedad, y los segundos atendiendo a la urgente necesidad de proteger a los animales, desde las leyes, códigos y otros ordenamientos jurídicos.
AnimaNaturalis en México agradece el apoyo brindado por su equipo de abogados, encabezados por los licenciados Arturo Berlanga y Verónica Valladares.
Y aunque sin duda éste ha sido un logro que puede impulsar otros semejantes, en las demás entidades de México, es necesario atender a que el nuevo Código Penal para el Distrito Federal no contempla sanciones para quienes dan un trato inhumano a los animales explotados y exterminados en granjas industriales, rastros, mataderos, laboratorios de experimentación y vivisección, granjas peleteras y curtideras, y espectáculos; como tampoco se prevén penas por actos de crueldad hacia animales actualmente considerados “plaga”.
Todos los animales, sin excepción, merecen protección legal y el reconocimiento a sus derechos básicos: vivir, ser libres, no ser torturados y no ser considerados propiedad. Si bien es positivo que en el Distrito Federal se haya dado un avance en beneficio de los animales domésticos y ferales, es indispensable motivar a los legisladores a dar muestra de avances idénticos considerando a todos los demás animales, en su mayoría aniquilados para consumo humano, experimentación, espectáculos y vestimenta.
Es muy importante que envíes una carta a los legisladores involucrados en este logro, y les manifiestes tu interés por que también velen por el bienestar de todos los demás animales.
Puedes basarte en el siguiente texto modelo:
Dip. Antonio Padierna Luna, Presidente de la Comisión de Administración y Procuración de Justicia de la ALDF;
Dip. Olivia Garza de los Santos, Vicepresidenta de la Comisión de Administración y Procuración de Justicia de la ALDF;
Dip. Arturo Santana Alfaro, Secretario de la Comisión de Administración y Procuración de Justicia de la ALDF;
Dip. Jesús Sesma Juárez, Presidente de la Comisión de Preservación del Medio Ambiente y Protección Ecológica de la ALDF;
Dip. María de los Ángeles Moreno Uriegas, Vicepresidenta de la Comisión de Preservación del Medio Ambiente y Protección Ecológica de la ALDF;
Dip. Rubén Escamilla Salinas, Secretario de la Comisión de Preservación del Medio Ambiente y Protección Ecológica de la ALDF:
Por este conducto, respetuosamente me dirijo a cada uno de ustedes, felicitándoles y agradeciéndoles su valiosa labor de análisis y dictaminación de la Iniciativa con proyecto de Decreto de reformas y adiciones al Código Penal para el Distrito Federal, habiendo hecho posible la tipificación como delito del maltrato, la crueldad y el asesinato de animales domésticos y ferales.
Esta reforma aprobada en la Asamblea Legislativa del D.F., representa un significativo avance en materia de Derechos Animales y ha sentado un precedente histórico en México, que de antemano esperamos impulse la consecusión de avances semejantes en todas las demás entidades del país.
No obstante, es importante que como legisladores, atiendan también a la situación de los animales que son explotados y exterminados a millones, para consumo humano (granjas industriales y de acuicultura animal, rastros y mataderos), experimentación, espectáculos (tauromaquia y circos) y vestimenta (granjas peleteras y curtideras); así como de los animales en situación de calle y considerados “plaga”.
Todos los animales, humanos y no humanos, poseemos capacidades moralmente relevantes: sentimos placer, dolor, miedo, estrés, angustia, y nos interesa procurarnos estados de bienestar. Por ende, respecto a los animales no humanos, la protección que de sus derechos establecen las leyes y otros ordenamientos jurídicos, debe ser la misma; no excluir a otras especies que injusta y erróneamente son concebidas como “recursos” a disposición de la humanidad. Y en este sentido, la labor legislativa es crucial.
“The only way to look young is to have a facelift done by a plastic surgeon,” I said.
“Well, I sure hope you don’t come out of it lookin’ like some of those I’ve seen,” said Jim.
“OMG,” said Matthew.
“Don’t care what you fellows have to say—I’m gonna do it,” I answered.
“Just remember, MaryAnn, all I am interested in a woman is looks,” laughed Jim.
“Very funny,” I said.
We first went to our Dr. Arturo, and we scheduled a meeting with the plastic surgeon. I never do anything without first checking with Dr. Arturo. We decided to have it done right here in Mexicali.
The very next week, Dr. Arturo, Jim and I sat down and I told my plastic surgeon what issues I had with my face.
I told the plastic surgeon, “It’s not a lot, but I want my eyelids done (too much skin), and my face pulled up, which is called a ‘neck lift.’”
Jim was happy, as he “Didn’t want nothin’ too radical.”
For the facelift operation, I had to stop eating, drinking and taking my Lyrica, all before 10pm before the day of the surgery. I was really concerned about my Lyrica, and I showed my plastic surgeon what I was taking during my consultation. “No aspirin!” said the plastic surgeon.
Before operating my plastic surgeon made me see a cardiologist, get blood tests and a chest x-ray. That all done we met with the plastic surgeon to see if I was medically fit for the procedure—I was.
Dr. Arturo would be in the operating room during the operation assisting the plastic surgeon.
On the eve of my surgery, I washed my hair with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.
Wearing my tracksuit, with a hoodie and a pair of dark sunglasses, I checked into the hospital at 7:00am, October 19th 2012.
Jim and Matthew were in the waiting room. After about six hours, I came through, all bandaged up, and was transferred to my own huge hospital room. I had two drains coming out of me, each from one side of my head. Antibiotics and saline solution flowed via an IV-drip into a vein.
Jim came running into the room took a quick look and said, “You look beautiful honey!” It was the most wonderful thing he had said to me, since I told him that I wanted to have a facelift and considering that I had just come out of surgery.
Next, my plastic surgeon and Dr. Arturo came to check on me, with Jim sitting on the chair. Later, the nurse brought in some jello and apple juice. The next morning, my plastic surgeon removed one of the drains, and said ” You can go home now. Your husband has the date when you next have to see me.”
I had some more jello and fresh orange juice, before I left.
After a week of semi -sitting up in bed propped up with four pillows, and putting the drain in the pocket of my hoodie (very convenient), taking my antibiotics and my faithful Vitamin C, God Bless it! My swelling had subsided. I had to sit semi-up in bed, to allow the fluids and what not to drain down.
Several days after the operation I returned to my plastic surgeon who was very happy with my healing process. The bandage around my face was removed and I was ready to have my first shower since the operation!
I still had my drain in my head, which was not ready to be removed. Have to get all the excess blood drained out. My hair needed a wash, but that could wait!
My next visit, I finally had the second drain removed. What a great feeling! I was shown how to change my bandages on either side of my face. I also used a scarf to wrap around my face even in bed. “So you look like a movie star with your sunglasses MaryAnn!” grinned Jim.
“So long as all my wounds heal, I’m fine with it!” I said.
“The plastic surgeon didn’t pull your skin too tight, that you can talk, but I don’t see no turkey neck, that’s all gone!” laughed Matthew.”
“ Yeah, she looks great. Hey, I got myself a new chica here!” said in Jim.
Our dear friend, Robert, came to visit me. He is considering a facelift himself. “You know, MaryAnn, this surgeon did a great job,on you, I can’t tell that you had any surgery at all, except that you look a lot younger, with a great profile. Amazing!.”
“Check my eyelids out, look at the way my plastic surgeon did them! No more sagging skin on my top lids,” I smiled.
“And no more sagging jowl lines which really bothered me!”
Now, for all of my readers who have followed me, you guys know that I had two Tarlov cysts drained during my spinal surgery in 2009.
This facelift surgery was the best thing I ever did for myself! And no seafood for the next three months!
At 34 days and counting, I am totally healed now and it is thanks to the fact that ‘I’m taking all the right vitamins.
Here they are:
Hostess Twinkies (GFDL photo by Larry D. Moore)
“Hey!” shouted Matthew, putting down his newspaper. “Says here that some Mexican guy is gonna take over makin’ Hostess Twinkies!”
“Lemme see that,” said Jim, grabbing the paper away from Matthew. “Well gol darn, ain’t that great, we’re down to our last two boxes of Twinkies in the fridge.”
“Nope, we got three,” I said.
“Whoopee!” shouted Jim and Matthew giving each other high fives.
“This has just been the worst week for us with Hostess Twinkies goin’ out of business in the states,” said Jim.
“Yeah,” added Matthew, “now we too are finally victims of the recession.”
“Nope, we three,” I said.
“Lookee here,” said Jim, looking at the paper, “seems as how this Mexican guy worth four billion bucks is gonna make Twinkies right here in Mexico!”
“So they’ll be cheaper here in Mexicali,” added Matthew.
“Yeah,” continued Jim, “this Mexican guy, Daniel Servitje Montull has this company Grupo Bimbo…”
“What a great name—Grupo Bimbo!” added Matthew.
Jim continued without breaking pace, “Says here that Grupo Bimbo is the world’s largest bread baking firm. It owns a part of Sara Lee, and Thomas English Muffins.”
“Geez,” said Matthew, “Mexico is takin’ over the U.S, just like they did with Corn Flakes!!”
Jim continued, “Bimbo made a low-ball offer of $580 million a few years back, now Hostess Twinkies may only be worth $135 million.”
“How much money do these Mexicans got!” exclaimed Matthew.
“Yeah but there’s two other companies tryin’ go get in on the deal, says here, ConAgra, and Nature Valley Granola,” said Jim.
“Well, I’m rootin’ for Bimbo,” said Matthew.
Jim looked at Matthew smiling, “What kinda American are you?”
“The kind what wants to see cheap Twinkies here in Mexico,” answered Matthew.
“Atta boy,” said Jim as he and Matthew did another high five.
Looking back at the paper, Jim said, “Seem as though Bimbo can make cheaper Twinkies because sugar costs a lot less in Mexico than back in the U.S.”
“Just like the gas, which is a lot cheaper here in Mexicali,” I added.
“Yeah, only $3.12 a gallon,” said Jim.
“Cheaper gas, cheaper sugar, cheaper Twinkies, cheaper everything,” said Matthew, “we’re as happy as pigs in…”
“Hang on there Matthew, we got no cussin’ in this here house,” said Jim.
I went to the icebox and pulled out a box.
“Have a Twinkie, boys,” I said.
Mexicali conveniently located on the California border
Every year, many Americans head south of the border to Mexico for dental care. KPBS, San Diego State University’s public service radio, reported that one patient needing a total of $20,000 in dental work got it done in Mexico for $3,800 – less than one-fifth of the cost! With such savings, it is no wonder that Mexico is becoming a getaway for Americans seeking to lower the costs associated with dental treatments. CNN reported that dental tourism to Mexico is growing by 20% a year and some dental clinics cater to a 97% American clientele. With the benefits of dental insurance being available to a few, and prices of dental care continuing to rise, it is no wonder that Americans are in search of more affordable options for dental care.
What Dental Tourism in Mexico Has in Store for You
The close proximity of Mexico is a great benefit for most Americans and Canadians, who travel down here for all types of dental treatments. Whether one goes to Mexicali for dental bridges or gets some dental implants in Los Algodones, all dental tourists in Mexico easily get to save more than half of the treatment price in the US. Dental implants, being the most expensive of dental treatments, have a lot of takers in Mexico. Some of the other dental procedures sought by Americans include dentures, crowns and bridges, and veneers.
It is hardly surprising to find that procedures like full-mouth restorations and all-on-4 dental implants draw many dental tourists to Mexico, because unless it was for dental tourism, many people in the more-developed parts of the world would have to go without getting treated their entire lives. The torment of the dentist coupled with a bill so big, one could risk a heart attack. Who would want that?
Many of these procedures are about 70% less in price when done in Mexico. For example, with the cost of one good quality implant in the US beginning at around $1500 on an average, and the cost of teeth implants in Tijuana, Mexicali, or Puerto Vallarta, being almost 30% of the American prices, you will save about $1000 per implant.
Considering that Tijuana is roughly 17 miles from San Diego, even if a person lives in New York City (presumably the most expensive flight to San Diego) and pays $500 for a return ticket, $100 for a rental car, and $150 for two nights in a hotel in Tijuana, the person will still save $350. In addition, the dental tourist will get a great weekend away at a premier holiday destination. This, of course, is an extremely generous estimate. Considering many people will not have to pay such an exorbitant flight expense, and that there is always the option of staying in a cheaper hotel and taking public transport, one stands a good chance of saving anywhere from $500 to $900 per dental implant.
Dental Tourism Hubs in Mexico
Mexicali – This border city, the Silicon Valley of Mexico, has a booming population of around 700,000. Mexicali is easily accessible via Calexico, California just off of Highway 8. In addition to being a prime place for dental tourism, Mexicali is famous for its growing electronics industry, which is pegged to be the world’s new semiconductor manufacturing Mecca. Mexicali also has a special medical lane which reduces the return to the U.S. from hours to minutes.
Tijuana – As mentioned, Tijuana is merely 17 miles from San Diego. This makes it easily accessible to most people from the West Coast. There are approximately 300,000 border crossings each day, a part of which is related to dental tourism.
Los Algodones, Mexico on the border near Yuma, Arizona
Los Algodones – This is also a border town, right on the California border. It is a smaller town and is one of the boroughs of the Mexicali Municipality. It is easily accessible from the United States, as it is only 10 miles from Yuma, Arizona. Los Algodones has become a hot spot for dental tourism largely because of its proximity and easy border control. Dental clinics here have mushroomed at a great pace. Need a hotel? Stay at the Quechan Casino Resort, located 525 Algodones Rd, on the U.S. side of the border which is only 1.8 miles from Los Algodones.
Geographical accessibility and quality dental work at an affordable rate are the main reasons why Mexico’s dental tourism industry continues to grow. As more Americans look for better alternatives to paying exorbitant rates in the United States, clinics in Mexico continue to look for ways to better serve their foreign clientele. Some are all up for it, some are still skeptical. Which side are you? Would you ever go on the other side of the border only to get a dental treatment?
Dr. Deepika Garg, guest blogger
Al Mater Specialist Center - Mexicali
This is a valid question to ask for anyone considering a trip to the Latin American country. There are several concerns of people considering traveling to Mexicali, Guadalajara or Tijuana for sleeve gastrectomy, dental work, cosmetic surgery or any other medical procedure. Although, the confidence in Mexican healthcare is rising with more and more people crossing the border every day, but the violence of the drug war dominating news about Mexico in the American media, many people are also having second thoughts about taking a medical trip to Mexico.
Despite what you may hear on the news, traveling to Mexico is quite safe. In fact in 2010, the homicide rate in Tijuana was actually less per 100K people than in many US cities. In 2011 Philadelphia—a city around the same size and population as Tijuana—had more homicides and carjackings than Tijuana. If you put the Mexico Travel Warning into perspective, you see that Mexico is not really the scary place the media would like you to think it is.
Most of Mexico’s violence is contained in the drug war, the prevalence of which, these days, is less than in recent years. Tourists are usually not involved in such violence. As a matter of fact, if one does not count the murders of those directly involved in the drug trade—such as military, police, and members of cartels—the murder rate in Mexico in 2010 was barely above that in the US.
Safety Tips for Medical Tourists in Mexico
Despite the fact that danger in Mexico is appallingly exaggerated by the media, you will still have to practice some caution whether you are traveling to Mexico for gastric sleeve surgery, some orthopedic procedure or are just going there for a day to get a small eye or cosmetic procedure on outpatient basis.
Below are the tips to consider:
- Just as in any big city in the United States, there are places in Mexican cities where it is not a good idea to go. Use your common sense and stay out of areas similar to those you would stay out of in your hometown.
- The most common crime that a tourist in Mexico needs to worry about is petty theft. You can greatly lower your chances of being robbed by not making yourself a target. Don’t wear flashy, expensive-looking jewelry or clothing, and you won’t attract attention to yourself.
- Many times tourists get into trouble when out partying. An inebriated tourist is easier to rob or swindle than a sober one. If you do decide to go out, it is a good idea to drink in moderation and keep your wits about you.
- Also, do not ever buy, possess or use illegal drugs in Mexico. They are more trouble than they are worth.
- Political protests are quite common in Mexico, and like large groups of people anywhere in the world, mob mentality can sometimes take over and they can be dangerous places to be. It is actually against the Mexican law for a foreigner to participate in political protests in Mexico; so if you see a large, angry crowd, steer clear.
- Traffic in Mexico can be pretty hectic at times and traffic laws are not as strictly enforced as they are in the US, so make sure to be careful when driving or dealing with traffic in any way. Look both ways before crossing the street!
Mexico is a lively and exciting place with lots to see and do. You can have a good time while on a medical trip to Mexico, as long as you make the right arrangements and take the required precautions.
Author: Dr. Deepika Garg – Dentist, Internet Enthusiast, now helping people find affordable medical treatments in Mexico.
¿Cómo, cómo como? ¡Como como como!
By the end of this email you’ll understand a common Spanish expression that you hear all the time in the markets, plazas and cafes… But you won’t find it in your Spanish dictionary.
Let’s break this Spanish riddle down into simple steps.
Firstly como = I eat Como also means as/like.
¡Como como como!
¡I eat as I eat!
If we tweak the translation it makes even more sense.
¡Como como como!
I eat the way I eat!
My wife often tells me “come despacio” (eat slowly)
because I can be like Homer Simpson if you let me loose. I feel like replying “como como como”, but I know she’s right so I slow down.
Now you understand the answer to the riddle, como como como (I eat the way I eat). Let’s figure out what the question means.
¿Cómo, como como?
Cómo with an accent above the ó = how?
How do I eat?
You can use como five times and make a completely correct question and answer in Spanish.
¿Cómo como? ¡Como como como!
¿How do I eat? ¡I eat the way I eat!
All we are missing is the first use of Cómo?
Unfortunately, the dictionary sometimes fails us when real everyday Spanish kicks in.
Spanish speakers also use ¿cómo? to ask a question that implies, what do you mean?
And so the riddle is complete.
¿Cómo, cómo como? ¡Como como como!
What do you mean, how (do) I eat? ¡I eat the way I eat!
Now that you know this expression it won’t take long for you to notice ¿Cómo?. It’s a very common way of speaking.
Another way to think of it is like the English turn of phase, come again?
Try it out with your Spanish speaking amigos. If you don’t understand what they say just use a polite intonation and ask, ¿Cómo?
Make sure you say it politely though because if you say it sternly it can sound like you are saying, “what the heck are you talking about?”
However, if you use a gentle polite intonation you’ll fit in well. It’s more authentic than saying “más despacio por favor” (more slowly please).
As you integrate into the Spanish-speaking world you’ll find the way people speak to you becomes more natural.
They’ll talk to you the same way as they do with their other friends, the ones who speak Spanish as a first language.
You’ll be exposed to a lot more of these expressions that aren’t always in the dictionary. That’s why from the get go Bola de Nieve has 5 Conversation Multipliers to help you understand and fit in with native Spanish speakers.
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Doctors Offices Mexicali
Our dear friend, Robert, contacted us as he had a problem with pain in his lower abdomen. He lived in Phoenix, Arizona and like a lot of folks had no health insurance. Knowing us and of the great experience we had with healthcare in Mexicali, he decided to pay us a visit.
Robert came down on the Greyhound bus from a good five hour ride and arrived at 8:45am.
Jim picked Robert up at the Calexico Greyhound station which is right across the border from us in Calexico, and checked Robert into the Siesta Real Hotel.
After checking Robert into the hotel, Jim took him to see Dr Rosas, and a urologist that Dr. Rosas had called in for consultation.
The doctors checked Robert’s vital signs and the source of his pain-it didn’t look like a urological problem, but more like two hernias on either side of Robert’s lower abdomen.
That same day, Robert was sent in for his blood tests, and in for an x-ray of Robert’s colon.
With the tests completed that same day, Jim took Robert back to Dr. Rosas’s where Robert was diagnosed with two bilateral hernias. Robert’s colon was okay, but his platelet count was not right for an operation, so Dr. Rosas gave him a prescription for the platelets.
Two months later, Robert contacted us; he was ready for his surgery. Dr. Rosas faxed Robert a prescription for another blood test to get the platelet count. The laboratory in the U.S. accepted Dr. Rosas’s prescription, did the exam, and the platelets were okay and Robert was ready to go for the operation.
Again, Robert arrived by Greyhound and Jim picked him up and took him to the Siesta Real Hotel. This time, Robert checked in for three weeks. He had planned to stay at his brother’s home in Prescott Arizona, but last minute, his brother had to travel and those plans were changed.
Immediately after checking into the hotel, Jim took Robert to Dr Rosas. He explained to Robert that he had had to have another blood test, so no food until after the blood tests. After the blood test, Robert and Jim grabbed a quick lunch and chatted about family and friends. Then it was off for a chest x-ray, and finally to see the super best surgeon in Mexicali.
Doctors Office Mexicali
Robert couldn’t help but be impressed when he saw the surgeon’s office, and even more impressed when he met the fellow. Dr. Rosas was there, as well. The surgeon went over Robert’s tests, and examined him.
“Bilateral hernia,” said the surgeon, nodding to Dr. Rosas.
Turning to Robert, the surgeon said, “You will have your surgery at 8.30 tonight-you need to be at Hospital San Angel at 6:30. No food and preferably no water at all. You will stay one night at the hospital. Tomorrow morning, I will examine you and then you can be released.”
A surprised Robert said, “But I came all the way from Phoenix, overnight. I need to get some sleep.”
The surgeon answered, “Sure, you can sleep until the operation.”
Robert turned to Jim, who said, “These here guys sure ain’t dawdlin’ around.”
The surgeon handed Robert a pill and a prescription, “Here, before you go to the hospital take this pill. It’s an antibiotic. The prescription is for five more antibiotic pills. Take one a day for five days. There is also a prescription for a mild pain killer there, as well.”
“Thanks,” said Robert.
Next, the surgeon walked Robert down the hallway to see a cardiologist-no chances were being taken. The cardiologist examined Robert, did an EKG and gave Robert his report, telling him his heart was in good shape for the operation.
Jim drove Robert back to the Siesta Real, and, several hours later, at 6:00pm Jim and I picked him up and drove him to Hospital San Angel which was diagonally across the street from the surgeon’s office – or, as Jim put it, “Just catty-corner from the docs.”
We walked Robert to his room. He was surprised that it was a large single room and was quite happy with it. We wished him luck, and said we would see him tomorrow.
On our way out, the nice hospital coordinator, Lucy, told us that, for US$4.00, we could get the Medical Lane pass good for taking five people across the border to Calexico using the fast lane. Normally the trip is about an hour and a half, but, in the fast lane, it is only ten minutes.
Lucy told us that Robert’s surgery would take about one hour and a half, and that Robert would be in the recovery room for another two hours before he would be brought back to his room.
The next morning, we visited Robert at the hospital. He was feeling great! Robert told us that the evening before the nurse came in, inserted an IV drip, and that he woke up the next morning feeling great. Shortly after he woke up the surgeon and Dr. Rosas paid him a visit to tell him that everything went well and that his stitches would be absorbed, no need to remove them and to eat no solids for a five days.
Our friend, Robert is now recuperating wonderfully in the Siesta Real, a very relieved and happy man.
In just one day (what a day!), after getting off the Greyhound bus in Calexico, Robert had been successfully tested and operated on and was now resting comfortably in the Siesta Real with its TV, his laptop, his indispensable Samsung Galaxy cell phone (with every Android app imaginable), with no pain and hernia free!
“And at a fraction of what them guys in the USA charge,” added Jim.
“Now that’s healthcare!” I said.