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Mexicali FAQ – the Rules

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  • We chose Mexicali, because it’s close to America. Why go to one of those towns hundreds of miles down into Mexico, where it costs a lot of time and money to get in and out? Also, on our budget, this was as far as we could make it.
  • In Mexicali, everybody pays in dollars, or pesos—it’s your choice. Easy to figure. When we arrived the Peso was about 10 to the dollar. Now, it is near 13 to the dollar, giving us a 30% boost in buying power. The old Mexican saying is – Not all bad things come to hurt you—and the financial problems in the USA have helped us make ends meet in Mexico!!!
  • We visit Calexico, California, which is the American town right across from Mexicali, probably once every two to three weeks.  We pick up our mail at the Calexico Post Office.
  • We have a bank account in Calexico.
  • There is a Social Security office in nearby El Centro just ten miles away.
  • We shop at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Calexico, for simple stuff like plastic hangers, which are a buck over for stack of plastic hangers, as opposed to the same hangers which costs more at the Mexicali Wal-Mart Supercenter.  There are tons of stuff that we stock up on our Cafe Bustello, trash bin liners, grocery stuff, women’s plus sized clothing that is hard to find in Mexicali. The is also a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mexicali where the food is much cheaper than in the U.S.
  • We visit the new huge mall in El Centro, for pet food, from PetCo and electronic stuff from Best Buy.
  • There is a faster lane for people who cross into the US; it’s called the Sentri lane.  When we have the time, we are going to sign up for it.  At the moment, we use the regular lanes, which can be slow.  Crossing into the US takes about an hour’s wait…usually.
  • You can bring your US cars with US plates into Mexicali. Not a problem. Just buy some Mexican Insurance going into Mexicali, it’s cheap. Coming back into Mexico is a breeze – no delays, no passport check, nada.
  • We gas our truck up down at the Mexicali Pemex gas station, as gas in Mexico is much cheaper, about $2.30 a gallon.  Very handy as gas costs are ridiculously high in Calexico and the States. Who knows why?
  • We pay our utilities in Mexicali at OXXO, which is the equivalent of the 7/11 stores in the US.  It’s that easy.  Got your Mexicali utilities bill? Go down to your nearest OXXO, line up, pay and you’re done.
  • We pay our water bill at the nearest OXXO.
  • If we are late in paying, we have to drive down to the various Mexicali utilities headquarters, and pay.  It can be a drag, because these places can be hard to find—so pay your bills on time.
  • At our new home, Internet service is provided by TELNOR, the telephone company. Plug our modem into the phone line, and we are in business.  It is much better than and faster than CABLEMAS, which is cable.  We have plenty of speed to make free Skype calls over the Internet to our friends in the US.
  • We have a brand new satellite dish from SKY which pulls in hundreds of channels including CNN, Larry King and Letterman along with American movies in English. Our SKY bill appears on our TV. We telephone SKY to pay – yes, they speak English. Jim is trying to figure out how to pay them over the Internet.
  • Trash is collected every Monday and Thursday.  We often tip the trash men about 100 pesos ($8). They work very hard to keep the streets clean. We tip them, as, when, and if we see them, there are no hard and fast rules.  They appreciate it, and so do we.
  • Mexicali’s 911 number is 066—and they come fast!
  • We now buy our fresh meat at this fantastic grocery store called Ferbis, which is just down the road from us. Ferbis has the best meat in town.   I usually get 10 pieces of marinated chicken, five pieces of steak shish kabob, spring onions and sausages to be grilled for our weekend meals. The prices are great and Mexican meat does not contain antibiotics, growth hormones, or tenderizers – just good old fresh meat!  It’s the same for milk and eggs.  We stick with the ‘La La’ brand of dairy products, they are delicious.
  • Next door to Ferbis is a fish store. All fresh stuff from the nearby Gulf of Cortez, including fish, clams, oysters, small shrimp, big shrimp. We always have a cooler when we do our grocery shopping – to throw in our perishables.
  • One can get maid service; we have a hard-working gal that cleans our home, just once every 2 weeks.  We pay her $25 for a full day, and everyone is happy.
  • We do our own laundry, Jim is particular about his laundry, and he enjoys doing it on his own—every Sunday. Jim’s in competition with our neighbor, who has a washing machine, as well. Jim’s ahead, as we’ve got a big gas dryer—our neighbor doesn’t.
  • Our neighbor has his full-time maid, who lives in a very small free standing room in his back yard.
  • Maid service is an honorable profession, and helps the maid to support her family.
  • Mexicali residents have managed to handle the hot weather extremely well.  They shop in the morning, or after six in the evening.  The grocery stores are opened for business into the night.
  • Those Mexicali residents, who can afford it, take their families on vacation to cooler areas, like Ensenada or Rosarito beach for vacation.  If not, residents stay indoors, and we see less people on the streets.  It makes no sense fighting it out with the scathing heat in the summer months of June, July, and August.
  • We had to move to our new house during July, and I guarantee we will not do it again. We had no choice.  Even one of our tires burst, and we had to drive it to the tire shop, called “Llantera,” as “llanta” means tire, in Spanish. Fortunately, there is a tire shop at just about every other block to cope with burnt out tires!
  • Mexicans have the most wonderful attitude to work. They work very hard, and they will work in spite of the weather. They get the job done.
  • Friday night is our night out. We take in a movie at Cinepolis, armed with popcorn and ice cream.  On returning home, we usually visit our neighbor down the street, to feast on her home-cooked beef tamales, and fried tacos. The Signora has her own restaurant opened, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm in her garden. Four huge tamales, two golden tacos (with vegetables), and two cokes come to $8.00 – great home-cooked food!
  • Mexicans love their Tecate beer, named for the town of Tecate.  On a hot day, eat a plate of steak, beans, chilies,  hot tacos, and wash it down with a couple of Tecate beers, – a real thirst quencher. I can vouch – life can’t get any better than this!