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soulpatch

Dec 16, 2013, 8:03 AM

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We are considering a move for next school year to San Miguel de Allende. We have a good friend (not raising children) that lives in Patzcuaro and loves it and thinks we would, too.

There is not much information out there on schooling options in Patzcuaro. We will be road-tripping soon to look at both cities.

Patzcuaro seems significantly more affordable and I do like being 3 hours from surf rather than 5-6..... makes for some easy camping trips.

Any info would be appreciated.



chinagringo


Dec 16, 2013, 1:37 PM

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Re: [soulpatch] Patzcuaro

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Just our personal opinions but we would take Patzcuaro over San Miguel de Allende any day. In fact, Patzcuaro may just be our favorite city (that we have visited) in all of Mexico. Nice size, nice feel and plenty to do and see in the area. One of the pluses is that it is located so close to Morelia or if you so choose, you can drive to Guadalajara in just over three hours.

Won't make comment on schools as we have never dealt with that issue.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



soulpatch

Dec 16, 2013, 1:41 PM

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Re: [chinagringo] Patzcuaro

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Thanks Neil.

Yes, it has all that.... now, if I can get squared away on the school thing.....

Having kids and being responsible parents to them supersedes my own desires...... I have a few feelers out to some expat parents in the area but it is kind of like following a maze to connect to them.

Thanks again and I love the positive response.
No where is perfect, once we get schools figured out, this could fit all of our needs and well within our budget.

Saludos


(This post was edited by soulpatch on Dec 16, 2013, 1:58 PM)


soulpatch

Dec 16, 2013, 1:57 PM

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Somebody has told me to check into a school named La Troje..... poco a poco.


at7mbe


Dec 16, 2013, 4:31 PM

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Re: [soulpatch] Patzcuaro

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I can count on one hand (and have a finger or two left over) the number of Patzcuaro ex-pats who post to Mexconnect. You'll do far better joining the Michoacan_net Yahoo group and posting your question there.
-- Mark (Patzcuaro)


chinagringo


Dec 16, 2013, 4:41 PM

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Mark:

Someone must have clued him in because he is already asking questions and getting responses over there.
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Neil
Albuquerque, NM



soulpatch

Dec 17, 2013, 5:44 AM

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Re: [chinagringo] Patzcuaro

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Thanks to all who have privately messaged me.

Been lots of help.

Road trip scheduled end of January!

And, then, well, we'll do what my wife wants!

Hell, she's followed me all over Mexico and as a professional educator and pretty much far smarter than me person this one is her choice.

Thanks again


Aaron+

Dec 17, 2013, 8:30 AM

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Michoacan is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Trust you know all that...


soulpatch

Dec 18, 2013, 4:55 AM

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Michoacan is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Trust you know all that...

I am hearing that from my Mexican friends as well......

My buddies last trip to Ticla they got to see three buses burning on the side of the road.

Many things to consider.


chinagringo


Dec 18, 2013, 5:04 AM

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On the other hand, we have driven thousands of miles around Michoacan since 2008 and never seen a single incident. It is a very large State with fairly concentrated geographic pockets of violence. Painting the entire State with that broad brush may be a bit inaccurate?
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Neil
Albuquerque, NM



soulpatch

Dec 18, 2013, 6:33 AM

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I would agree. Prudence, right?


RickS


Dec 18, 2013, 9:33 AM

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Yes, and Patience also.....


La Isla


Dec 18, 2013, 10:12 AM

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Does anyone remember this Patience and Prudence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIHUsajkH7w


RickS


Dec 18, 2013, 10:18 AM

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Yes! and that was exactly what I was thinking about, humming actually, when I wrote "Patience". Thanks for the link.

OK, so much for hijacking a thread.....


La Isla


Dec 18, 2013, 10:27 AM

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You're welcome, Rick. Sorry for the slight detour.


soulpatch

Dec 18, 2013, 3:06 PM

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Ha! Thanks all.... part of our road trip is going to include Morelia. Seems like a pretty cool city with many things that appeal to us.


chinagringo


Dec 18, 2013, 5:09 PM

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If you wish to remain positive about Morelia:
1) Make sure there aren't disruptions created by students, teachers or anyone else with an excuse. While these events are rarely violent, they can turn moving through the streets of Morelia quite challenging!
2) You would want to schedule driving through Morelia during the off hours and try to refrain from Saturdays since traffic can be exceptionally heavy on Saturdays.

We have driven into and through Morelia both with and without a GPS. The GPS minimized spikes in my blood pressure!
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Rolly


Dec 18, 2013, 8:16 PM

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San Miguel de Allende v. Patzcuaro
By Jennifer Rose

Copied from her blog.

Rolly Pirate


Anonimo

Dec 19, 2013, 2:14 AM

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2) You would want to schedule driving through Morelia during the off hours and try to refrain from Saturdays since traffic can be exceptionally heavy on Saturdays.


Also certain hours of weekdays bring heavy traffic, eg, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.; and 4 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Centro has by far the worst traffic.



Saludos,
Anonimo


soulpatch

Dec 19, 2013, 5:02 AM

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I've received great messages about places both publicly and privately.

I've much to learn about this country!

Thanks


chinagringo


Dec 20, 2013, 6:13 AM

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Thank you for the breakdown of busy times of the day. With only 3 non busy hours during the day, no wonder I have managed to enjoy so many traffic jams!
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Anonimo

Dec 20, 2013, 4:49 PM

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¡No hay de que! I didn't add in any road blocking, traffic diverting, city paralyzing manifestaciones, because they are by nature, hardly predictable. However, Mondays seem more popular for demonstrations and street rallies.



Saludos,
Anonimo


MichaelD


Mar 26, 2014, 6:32 AM

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Those thinking of moving to Patzcuaro might want to remember that it's very cold in winter, and there are no central heating systems in houses. More moderate climates are more agreeable to most folks.


citlali

Mar 26, 2014, 9:58 AM

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The thread is a year old so they may have done what they wanted to do.

By the way we live in a similar climate at 2300m and we have gas heaters through out the house. Some people do heat their house.
Actually we have some gas heater at 1600m as well and we use them 2 months of the year. There is not reason to feel cold if you do not want to.


MichaelD


Mar 26, 2014, 10:10 AM

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The initial post is dated December 2013, so actually it's three months old.

Even so, it's a tad stale. Just wanted to point out that living in Pátzcuaro is not for the mild-hearted or for those who equate Mexico with beaches and warmth.

Yes, I have some portable gas heaters too, plus two big fireplaces. They are better than nothing. The fireplaces provide a romantic atmosphere more than anything, but you can warm your backside if you stand close. The gas heaters work in smallish rooms, but you cannot keep most models ignited in bedrooms at night, or at least you should not due to safety concerns, which is to say if you want to wake alive in the morning. There are no central heating systems here like Gringos are accustomed to above the border. Often, bundling up in heavy clothing is the best you can do.
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