19 November, 2019

Today’s Topic: Airlines, Residency, and the México Tourism Tax

I’m back from my trip to Beijing! Well, not back in Mazatlán yet, but I won’t be traveling anywhere for several weeks. Until I have the photos from Europe and China edited, I thought I’d make a little post on the Méxican tourism tax that airlines charge if you fly into México from another country, and aren’t a Méxican citizen.

Residents, both temporary and permanent, are exempt from paying the Méxican tourism tax. I’m told that airlines only automatically exempt the people using a Méxican passport during booking from this tax. Sometimes your ticket confirmation will split this tax out, sometimes it won’t – but rest assured, you’re being charged. Alaska Airlines does show it separately, so it’s a nice reminder that you need to contact them to have it removed. I booked my flight back to Mazatlán today and there it was – $28.81, México tourism tax.

Last time I called the airline after I’d gotten home. They scolded me and told me that I was supposed to request the refund when I booked the ticket. I asked them how I was supposed to do this when I booked online, and they didn’t have an answer. They did refund the charge though! Today I called Alaska Airlines customer service (1.800.252.7522) right after I received my confirmation email. Thankfully the agent knew I didn’t need to pay, but she didn’t know how to handle the refund request. About 5 minutes on hold and she came back and told me I had two options:

  1. Request the refund when checking in for my flight.
  2. Send a request via fax to 206.392.7587.

Airports give me a little angst, and the possibility exists that I’ll forget to ask when I check in, which would result in another scolding because I would call after I got home. Fax really sounded like the right option for me.

When requesting the refund via fax, Alaska Airlines requires you to provide the ticketing information – name, confirmation code and/or ticket number. They also require a copy of your resident card, both front and back. So I got the information together, put it all in a .pdf file, and then realized that I no longer had access to a fax.

After a little research, I found a website that will send a fax for you, for free. Faxzero.com doesn’t require you to give them any credit card information just to send a free fax (other sites do). They *do* have access to the information you’re faxing – so if it’s something you don’t want others to see you’re using the wrong service. It’s pretty easy to use faxzero. Took about 5 minutes for the whole process and you can print a confirmation that the fax was received.

I’m sure that the other airlines that fly into México have similar policies – you’ll have to contact their customer service desk to get the particulars. $28.81 may not be a lot of money, but it would buy me a very nice dinner, with drinks, in Mazatlán. I like nice dinners.

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27 October, 2019

Finally home from my trip to México City and Puerto Vallarta!!! After spending June in México City, it was like slipping back into a comfortable pair of shoes. The only downside was that my favorite quesadilla joint, Quesadillas Doña Mary, has closed! I’m very sad! Puerto Vallarta was rainy for the first few days, then sunny and hot for the rest of the week. October is usually a hit or miss situation with the weather, but there aren’t the crowds that there are later – so I suck it up and just limit my activities!

I’m still organizing the photos from the trip to Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, and Budapest – but hope to get a post up sometime this week before I run away again on my trip to Beijing.

Speaking of Beijing, the purpose of going to México City was to get my visa for China. As a citizen of the USA I need a visa *before* traveling to China. There is no option for a visa during entry. I thought I’d take a few minutes to describe the process for anyone who is contemplating a visit to China! Here goes …

  1. Things you need: Passport; Residency Card (if you’re applying in México City as a USA Citizen and have residency in México); Application.
  2. Find, and complete, the application. It’s online. I’m not going to link to it, as when I do something changes and I don’t want anyone using an old application form. Google the application process and read two or three posts about how to complete the form. Tips: The consulate will want everything filled out, and in UPPER CASE. If something doesn’t apply – Put “N/A” or “NOT APPLICABLE” in the box.
  3. Picture. You need one. It’s NOT 2 inches x 2 inches like you’ll see described in some places. It needs to fit into the box on the application form. Passport rules apply – no glasses or hats. In color, with a white background.
  4. As part of your application, you need to have proof of plane tickets to/from China, and either an invitation letter – or proof of a hotel reservation that covers your stay.
  5. GLUE THE PICTURE TO THE APPLICATION FORM IN THE APPROPRIATE BOX. This cost me an extra day and 4 1/2 hours in line. The consulate is a consulate, not an office supply store (that’s what they told me when I asked if they had a little glue).
  6. Arrive to the consulate early – if there’s only one consulate in a city of about 22 million people, get there VERY early. Get there VERY early if the consulate has just been closed for several days because of a Chinese holiday. On my first, and fateful, visit I arrived at 9:00 am. The line was huge. When I finally got inside at 1:30 pm, my ticket said I was visitor number 150 (they normally shut the doors at 1:00 pm, but had opened a half hour late – I was one of the last allowed in). I arrived at 7:00 am the second time around, and I was still way back in line (I think #63).
  7. At the México City consulate, you are allowed to bring in yourself, your passport, your identification, and your application. No phones. No backpacks. No metal (ditch the coins). No bulky jackets. No apple watches. You, your passport, and your application. Period. At this consulate there is a little magazine stand across the street that will watch your stuff for 20 pesos. Sometimes the people outside who are waiting for friends will do it too – and for free!
  8. Don’t fold or wrinkle your application. They want it to look pretty. Use a file folder – they’ll let you bring that in!
  9. When you get inside, you’ll be given a ticket based on what you’re there for. One type for submitting your paperwork, and one for picking up your passport. When your number is called, GET TO THE APPROPRIATE WINDOW QUICKLY.
  10. Spanish, Mandarin, and English are spoken, but not all by everyone. If you need a particular language and the person at the window you were called to doesn’t speak it, ask them to reassign you to someone who does. They’ll put your ticket number at the top of the queue – assigned to the correct window.
  11. If your application is approved, and once they’ve entered information into their computer, they’ll print out a page with information. DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING – Type of visa (L is for tourism), number of entries (M means multiple), Maximum length of stay each entry (mine is 60 days). I didn’t see where it indicated 10 years on this page, so I asked the clerk.
  12. Now they’ll take your passport, and give you a payment form. They’ll direct you to a particular bank (HSBC in my case), and will tell you when to return with proof of payment and to pick up your passport with the visa. Before you leave, ask them where they want the bank receipt attached to the payment form. They’re VERY picky. At the México City consulate, they want the proof of payment receipt attached to the front side upper right corner of the bank form.
  13. Go to the appropriate bank, make your payment, get the receipt, attach it to the proper location on the bank form.
  14. Go BACK to the consulate on the day they indicated you should return. This is usually within 5 business days from when you submitted the application. At the México City consulate there is a separate line for people coming to pick up their passport/visa. You don’t need to get there as early, and this line moves fairly quickly.
  15. When you get to the window give them the bank form. When they give you your passport, open it to where the visa is attached and again, VERIFY THE INFORMATION. Type of visa, number of entries, maximum length of stay each visit, and this time you’ll see the date range that the visa is good for. TELL THEM IF SOMETHING IS WRONG.

So, there is a lot of time, a four page application, a picture, hassle finding a place for your phone and backpack, etc. You can avoid all this and hire an intermediary to do everything for you. If you’re local they may even take the photo. When I was researching the process, I found several places that would do it for between $100 and $200 USD. My problem was that I was in Mazatlán and would have to mail my passport to them, then they’d have to mail it back. In less than 2 weeks. I was traveling to Puerto Vallarta by bus, and sometimes the checkpoints want to see your passport. Plus, I’m retired and standing in line for a few hours doesn’t cost me anything. BUT, keep in mind that a LOT of people DO use an intermediary, and they will be in the same line with you – but with a stack of 20 or more applications to be processed. ARRIVE EARLY! They do!

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6 October, 2019

Back from the Europe trip and now off to México City and Puerto Vallarta! Thought I’d make a quick post about my experiences with the CBX (Cross Border Express) crossing between Tijuana and San Ysidro (San Diego).

CBX is the walkway between México and the USA. You need a ticket, which you can buy online here: https://www.crossborderxpress.com/

As a Méxican resident, when crossing from Tijuana into the USA, you will most likely NOT be required to complete an FMM tourist permit. Not only will you not be required to skip this process, you’ll be denied if you ask to. Yes, the Méxican government says that when leaving the country you need to fill out the FMM and retain the top part – which you turn back in when you return. NO, they won’t do it at this crossing. It scares the holy jicama out of me to not follow the regulations I know can result in my residency going poof, but this is what it is. The INM agent swore to me that no one would ask for the top portion on my way back – and he was right. I presented my residency card and my passport (which they stamped), and was asked a couple of questions (what were you doing, how long were you gone). Then I proceeded on my merry way and let out a big sigh of relief!

Also, when going from Tijuana to San Ysidro, you will need to take transportation to San Diego proper. There’s a shuttle company or two right before you exit the facilities on the USA side. They’re fairly reasonable. You can also call an Uber or a cab. I asked about buses and they said there weren’t any. So, if you’re doing the crossing to save airfare – factor in another $20-$30 each way, plus time waiting, plus the 20 minutes or so getting from San Ysidro to downtown San Diego. In the end, saving $50 in airfare might not be worth the trouble. Saving a couple hundred definitely would though!

Ok, I need to finish packing! México City for 11 days, then Puerto Vallarta for 7! I stay at the Lindo Mar in Puerto Vallarta – they have killer margaritas! The first one is always very tasty and doesn’t seem very strong. Same with the second one. I can’t tell you about any after that as the blackout happens and I wake up with vague recollections of the intervening time! Be sure to hit La Playita at the Lindo Mar when you visit Puerto Vallarta – and experience the margaritas for yourself!

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14 September, 2019

Adventures in Mazatlán: Today’s topic: Article 33.

Since I’ve been in the United States of America for the last two weeks, I’ve been sucked back into US politics. Thankfully medications keep my blood pressure in check as having to go through another election cycle would otherwise do me in.

Watching debates, listening to political commentary, just seeing the evening news has me thinking that I’m very thankful for the Constitution of México. Specifically Article 33. This is the one that says, in no uncertain words (when translated to English), “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” It also defines who a foreigner is and what may happen to those who violates this article: ” Foreigners are those who do not possess the qualifications set forth in Article 30. They are entitled to the guarantees granted by Chapter I, Title I, of the present Constitution; but the Federal Executive shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action. “

“Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” Not a whole lot of wiggle room here. Yet each and every year I will see posts from ex-pats and snowbirds asking people to sign some petition they’ve become enamored with. Or someone will give details of attending a political rally. Or they’ll discuss the merits of this candidate for mayor/governor/president. “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” I really don’t want to jeopardize my residency because I like that a local candidate for office supports animal rights and I’ve been attending rallies. I really don’t want to jeopardize my residency because my street is too loud, and I circulated a petition to ask the mayor to deal with it. Do you? Do you really? And before you say otherwise, I’m certain many could provide a winning argument that a petition is a political instrument. And as a non-citizen of a country gracious enough to allow me to live here, why would I ever want to do something contrary to their most basic governing document?

I am not saying that México doesn’t have problems. I’m not saying that I’m not concerned, privately, about some issues. I’m also not saying that the President of México is going to eject me from the country because I signed a pro-spay/neuter petition. I am saying that until the day I’m a Méxican citizen, my mouth is shut and my hands are in my pockets. It’s a matter of respect for the laws of the country that provides me with a much happier existence than I’d have elsewhere.

An English version of the Constitution of México is available to read here: https://www.oas.org/juridico/mla/en/mex/en_mex-int-text-const.pdf

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13 September, 2019

Adventures in Mazatlán: Countdown to Europe and How to Travel Light episode!

Three days until the trip to Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, and Budapest! I booked my tickets through Brussels Airlines who are using Air Canada to get me from Boston to Paris (via Toronto). A little concerning in that I could see my reservation on Brussels Airlines website, but not on Air Canada. So I gave Air Canada a shout today and, after holding for 20 minutes, they gave me their record locator for my reservation. They also were nice enough to assign seats for me! Now I can see my reservation on both airlines, and don’t have to worry that I’m going to be in a middle seat between two sumo wrestlers!

Three days and I begin a journey that will take 24 hours, 14 of them in the air. I am definitely not looking forward to that many hours of sitting, but I have aisle seats on all flights, so I’ll have the opportunity to get up and move a little whenever I feel the need. I’m only traveling with a small backpack, and think I just might tie my Amtrak Comfort Kit to one of the backpack straps. It has a blow up pillow, earplugs, sleep mask, and a fuzzy blanket. The pillow is the selling point! If it doesn’t live up to Amtrak’s hype, I’ll leave it in the hostel in Paris.

Yes, staying in hostels. They let me keep the cost of travel & lodging under $1,500 for a five week trip from Mazatlán to Tijuana, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Toronto, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Budapest, Paris, Zurich, Boston, San Diego, Tijuana, and back to Mazatlán. I only have concerns about Munich (I’ll be there, totally unplanned, during Oktoberfest) and Budapest (staying at the “Hive Party Hostel” on the advise of another traveler – my idea of ‘Party’ these days is saying yes to a second beer). Munich I’m probably locked into because of Oktoberfest, but I’ll grab a hotel room in a flash if the party hostel keeps me awake.

As I said, I’m traveling with just a small backpack (35 liters). If it weren’t for my daily medications it would have a lot of room left! So, here’s what I’m bringing and how I intend on maintaining during the duration of the trip. Two long sleeved shirts. Four short sleeved shirts. Three pair of socks. Two pair of underwear. One pair of flip-flops (for the hostel showers). One pair swim trunks for sleeping in. Two electrical outlet converters/adapters. One Olympus TG-4 travel camera. One multi-USB power center and some assorted USB cables. Travel sized hand sanitizer. Small bottle of water (which I need to remember to empty before going through airline checkpoints). Four folding clothes hangers. One TEPI portable hotspot for WiFi. One knee brace. A microfiber towel.  One travel money belt. One extra backpack, flattened into it’s small travel size. One Ipad and one Kindle. Meds and toiletries in a separate travel bag kept on top of everything in the backpack. One light knit jacket that I loop through one of the backpack straps if I’m not wearing it.

I’ll be wearing some of the clothes – as well as jeans and a pair of tennis shoes. The shirts, underwear, and socks are all made of nylon/rayon/polyester type materials that dry quickly. I’ll wear them into the shower every day, clean them then clean me, and hang them on the folding hangers to dry. Of course, everything hinges on my not spilling mustard on my jeans while I’m eating all variety of wurst in Munich!

I intend on emulating this food vlogger, at least while in Munich!

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7 September, 2019

Adventures in Mazatlán: Seattle Edition

Other than really good Asian food, I’ve discovered one thing about the United States that I miss – water pressure! And I even have an on-demand pump on my water line in Mazatlán! But here, my shower is crazy strong! I can spend 10 minutes in the shower and feel as clean as 25 back home in Mazatlán. Sigh. Sometimes it’s the little things 🙂

Tried to kill myself the other day doing yard work! The incursion of morning glory didn’t seem to care that I put down plastic tarps – it grew under them! I’m not allergic to poison ivy. I’m not allergic to poison oak. Morning glory gives me itchy hives, and I’ve discovered that more prolonged contact results in something that looks like burns. And it made me nauseous for a day. From now on it’s long sleeved shirts when going anywhere near morning glory!

It took a week to get my meds refilled, but I finally got them! Tried for 180 day refill, but they only gave me 90. I’ll take it though as I was *almost* out. I should have filled up before I left México. Live and learn!

We just had a quick thunderstorm. 30 minutes of thunder, lightning, and cold rain. I don’t miss the cold, and I finally understand why my Aunt who lived in Phoenix was always complaining she was cold! 72 during summer is NOT warm. I mean, how can you sit on the beach and have an enjoyable day? Oh, that’s right – that’s why I moved to Mazatlán!

I’ve gotten most of my chores, minus some yard work, done so tomorrow I’m treating myself to Chinese buffet. They have never ending mounds of shrimp available, and they let me practice my Mandarin on them without laughing! It’s a win-win!

A week from Monday is my flight to Boston connecting to Toronto connecting to Paris! I remembered to order the power adapters and some folding clothes hangers so I’m all ready to go! I just need to decide if I’m going to bring my dslr camera, or if I’m going to stick with my Olympus TG-4 (which I highly recommend – it’s water resistant and shock proof, and it takes very decent photos).

Fun, fun, fun!

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3 September, 2019

Adventures in Mazatlán, Road Trip Edition!

Took a plane from Mazatlán to Tijuana, where I walked across the border to San Diego.

The answer to the question is, NO. They would NOT give me a FMM to fill out when I left México. I asked. I gave them stern looks. I threatened to cry and stomp my feet. The customs guy swore to me that I will only need to show my passport and residency card when I come back into México using the same method. I’ll be sure to report back when that happens to tell if there were any bumps. I’m not a happy camper as I know that I am supposed to fill out an FMM, keeping the top part until I return. We’ll see.

Took a shuttle van to my hostel downtown, had some pretty good Indian food for dinner, got a little rest and then took the train to Los Angeles. From Los Angeles I rode the Coast Starlight to Seattle. Fun, and lots of great scenery – but it’s really hard on my tender little tushie! I need to find a comfy inflatable donut!

I’m seriously debating writing a full length novel about the staff and passengers on the Coast Starlight. Let’s just say that the following clip will not even come close to doing the cast and crew of the #14 Coast Starlight justice. It was truly an experience!

Took care of business today and got my car legal again (license tabs/insurance). Started the process of getting a hefty supply of my meds from the pharmacy. Did a little shopping so I’m not relying on the nice staff at Domino’s. Got Amazon to send me a couple of travel power converters, some folding clothes hangers, six pair of quick dry socks, and some extra memory cards for my camera. Filed for my Social Security benefits! They should start January 2020! Woo!

Tomorrow will be yard work. Thursday is adult beverages with friends, and then I’ll slow down and mentally prepare for the jaunt to Europe. I’ll be hitting Paris, Amsterdam, Munich (during Octoberfest), and Budapest – for two weeks. Travel and lodging arrangements have already been made, although the “Hive Party Hostel” in Budapest is scaring me. My “party” days ended in the early 1980’s! Lol! If it’s too much I’ll give in and spend a few bucks on a hotel.

And now you’re caught up on my adventures!

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22 August, 2019

Last night, from approximately 3:00 am until 3:30 am, tropical storm Ivo came through Mazatlán. In that half hour, three and a half inches of rain fell! Wind speed was almost 40 mph! Needless to say, there were a lot of streets underwater. Around 4:00 am the rain started again, but without intensity. Rain fell, off and on, until about 9:00 am today.

And that’s not to mention the lightning and thunder! Before the storm totally woke me up this morning, I thought “why am I seeing lights flash when my eyelids are closed?”! Then the thunder boomed, and I popped out of bed to open the curtains and watch the show!

I needed to venture out this morning to take my clothes to my lavandaria and had to wade through several intersections. One of the main drags, Miguel Alemán, was a river for several blocks. And I’m not exaggerating, the water was up over the sidewalks. Residents of several of the houses I passed were pushing water out of their homes.

The street I live on gradually slopes, and when the city repaved a couple of years ago, they didn’t pave all the way to the sidewalks, so there are ‘gutters’ the rain can travel down. When I looked out the window a little after 3:00 am, I couldn’t even see across the street, so I’m not sure the gutters were working, but my building and the section of street out front didn’t flood.

My property manager said her power was out, and she thinks she heard a transformer near her blow up during the storm. Hopefully she’s back up and running! Seattle has a storm like this, almost always at Thanksgiving. Winds blow, rain falls, it’s just not 75 degrees at 3:00 am, so there’s not much lightning and thunder. But it usually kicks the power grid’s ass, and leaves many in the proverbial dark for several hours.

Here’s an article and a “shock and awe” photo. Evidently there was a street that was severely flooded – mine were bad, but not that bad.

Tropical Storm Ivo Kisses Mazatlán
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20 August, 2019

Today I’m taking a more serious tone. Summer in the coastal towns of México are HOT. Hot AND Muggy. Today in Mazatlán it’s 92 f/33 c and the humidity is 71%. This is a dangerous combination if you don’t prepare yourself.

Today was also a cruise ship day. During my brief (yes, it got too hot even for me. I stopped when my fitbit said I’d walked my 10k steps) stint as a Mazatlán Tourist Aide Volunteer I saw several cruise ship passengers whose faces were bright red. After exiting the cruise ship terminal, tourists can elect to see Mazatlán a few different ways.

First, they can take a tour from a tour group. Big, air conditioned buses with tinted windows that drive them around the city and have someone who speaks English giving them history. Second, they can take a pulmonia (it’s like a fun golf cart) or a taxi, or an auriga, or a mini-van. Pulmonia’s hold about four people. Taxi’s might hold five. I’ve seen about ten people in an auriga (they’re red converted flatbed trucks). Mini-van’s hold about the same as an auriga, but they’re not open-air. Whichever of these are chosen, they normally provide the same kind of experience as the group tours – but are a little more personal. And they stop in the places the tour buses are too big to go. Third, they can walk. There’s a blue painted line from the cruise ship terminal that leads people into the historic section of town. It’s not a short walk if you aren’t used to walking.

And it was the latter group of cruise ship passengers that I saw having trouble today. HOT. Did I say it was HOT? The fifteen to twenty minute walk from the cruise ship terminal to Centro might seem a short time – but it can wipe you out in this heat. Please bring/buy a big bottle of water. One for each person. Stroll, don’t power walk. Sit in shade (yes, you can find it here) when you feel the need. Stop at a restaurant for a bite and something cold to drink so you can cool down. Scrap the walking idea and grab a pulmonia for a tour. Do whatever it takes to avoid heat exhaustion/heat stroke. Whatever it takes.

We actually had a couple, already sweating profusely (and no water bottles in sight), tell us they’d rather keep walking than spend six dollars to have a pulmonia drive them to their destination. Don’t be these people. Whether you’re playing tourist, or resident – be mindful of the weather and just don’t take chances with your health. We want your visit in Mazatlán to be memorable – because you fell in love with our city, not because you had a medical emergency here.

Please take a couple of minutes and read the article about heat exhaustion from the Mayo Clinic. They give symptoms and steps to take to prevent you from getting it. Being informed is the main step for never getting to the point where medical attention is needed. And when you’re in a coastal city in México, enjoy! But check the weather and plan accordingly.

Mazatlán Summers are HOT!
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19 August, 2019

Today’s topic: Gas!

Most of the houses/apartments here in Mazatlán use liquid propane gas. Either 30 liter cylinders or the bigger tanks that are usually located on the roof. Either variety will eventually run out, and not at a convenient time!

My apartment uses gas for my little hot water tank, which holds enough for a shower and about 5 minutes of washing dishes. I also have a gas stove. I’ve been fairly lucky in that my gas has run out during cooking and not in the middle of a shower! Even luckier, it’s been the stove top and not the oven – so I notice right away.

It would be convenient if there were a meter of some sort on the cylinder, but alas there is not. Some people do have a two tank setup so when one runs out the other kicks in. Neither I nor my neighbors are so lucky!

The predominant propane company in Mazatlán is Gaspasa. They have both the trucks that are loaded up with cylinders, and trucks with a giant hose they pull up to your roof if you have that large tank. Ordering is very straightforward, but they don’t speak any English. I start the conversation with “¡Buenas tardes! Mi Español is muy malo” (Good afternoon, my Spanish is very bad). Then I tell them “Necesito un cilindro de repuesto. Mi dirección es ____________” (I need a replacement cylinder. My address is ________). Of course, if you have a tank on your roof, don’t tell them you want a cylinder! They actually have my address pop up from the caller id, so giving it to them again confirms they have the right account. They will respond with the estimated time until delivery and the price. The price is usually printed on the side of the truck too – just in case you need a reminder! When they’re done, I tell them Gracias, and hang up. If you need to let them in at a door on the street, make sure you’re keeping a lookout for them at least 15 minutes before they told you the driver would arrive. I’ve found the estimates are very generous and they’re at my door pretty quickly.

Every time I get a receipt it has a different phone number on it. Today I called +52.669.981.05.05. The receipt they gave me has +52.669.980.10.10 (my cellphone has a different area code, and it makes me enter the +52.669 before it’ll let the call go through). If the first number doesn’t work, try the second! If neither work, walk over to a busy street and do some window shopping. When you see a Gaspasa truck coming, flag them down!

Oh – if your delivery person has to lug the tank a distance, or up flights of stairs, consider giving them a little propina (tip). I’m on the third floor and there is no elevator. It really does not look like they’re having fun when they’re carrying my tank to my apartment. Fifty (or more) pesos will get them a little lunch, and won’t break your piggy bank.

30 Liter Gas Cylinder
30 Liter Gas Cylinder

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