Mar 21, 2010, 12:12 AM
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Re: [nopogayle] What to Bring to Live in Mexico
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Re: sheets and bed sizes here. I'm not sure, but I think that twin and full sized beds are the same size in México as in The US. Full sized beds are called “matrimonial” beds here. King sized beds are the same width, but they are 5 inches shorter than US sized kings. I don't know the size of queen sized beds here, they are kind of rare here anyway.
We have never had a problem finding good quality towels here, my wife is a Mexicana and she knows where to find good stuff. Wash cloths are hard to find though. We use a long, open mesh cloth instead. I can't think of the name for them right now and my wife is in México City for a couple of days, so I can't ask her right now. Those cloths are great, I have been using them for many years now, even in The United States before I retired and moved down here permanently. They are long, and great for scrubbing my back in the shower.
Besides usually lower quality, and low thread count sheets here, it is too often hard to find fitted sheet sets with bottom fitted sheets with deep enough corner pockets to stay on a mattress, especially pillow top mattresses.
We had a problem with the bottom fitted sheets slipping off of our Mexican king sized pillow top bed until I made a trip NOB and bought a couple of sets of high thread count, Egyptian cotton sheets 3 years ago, they are a little longer than they need to be for our bed, but they fit OK. I also bought two sets of 4 of those elastic straps with a metal clip on the end of them to use to hold ill fitting sheets at the corners on a mattress without slipping off. I bought two cards of four of them in a Wal-Mart up there. I thought it would be better to have them and not need them, than it would be to need them and not have them.
You can find just about anything you want, or need here if you keep looking. Many people often ask where they can find a salad spinner in México. They are not often available here, but if you keep looking, you will find one. Just this month, the Costco here in Cuernavaca has them on sale (offerta) with a $60 Peso discount. Here they are called a “escurridor giratorio para ensalada”. My suegra bought one a few years ago in México City.
Bring what you can't live without even for a short time. As others have written, many mundane things are much more expensive here than they are NOB, but with patience and diligence you can find everything you want here. We sold, or gave away almost everything when we moved down here from Alaska.
Do not bring a DVD player bought in The US down here, it will not play any region 4 DVDs bought in México. If you bring any DVDs bought in the US for region 1, they will not play on most of the DVD players bought here, we bought a LG brand multi-region DVD player at Costco here, it will play DVDs formatted for any region in the world. We never worry about the region codes now, but only which languages and subtitles are on the disk. There are many other brands of multi-region DVD players available here. Read this: http://www.hometheaterinfo.com/dvd3.htm
Besides many American brands, very good coffee is produced in México, particularly in Chiapas state. It is most practical To buy the beans at a coffee specialty shop, and have them ground there. Commercially bagged coffee often contains unknown “fillers” and is often not 100% coffee grounds.
If you happen to like canned Boston baked beans, bring a few cans with you. The only place I have ever found them here was at the Superlake grocery store in the Lake Chapala area, we even tried ordering some from Texas at a specialty store in México City, no go. I have never found any navy beans, and molasses is hard to find here, so making our own baked beans for a barbeque is not a viable solution.
If you happen to have a down comforter, or any warm wool blankets, bring them with you. Don't forget to bring your winter coats with you too.
To avoid a prison sentence, you should adopt 2 dogs (or 4 cats) within one year of moving here.
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