There are many taxis in Mexico and they are quite inexpensive. For anywhere in town from here it's 35 pesos (just shy of US$3). Drivers are generally honest, that is, they won't try to overcharge but they will round up a few pesos to make the cambia (change) work. Of course, we don't present them with a big bill and always try to have exact change including a small tip. If there's any question about the fare, there is a fare card in every taxi and we can refer to it freely.
I've found the drivers always courteous and generally quite friendly. Some want to practice their English, some force me to practice my Spanish, and some, seemingly far less talkative than even I, simply turn up the radio.
The other day I was looking for a rather special plumbing part. I knew the location of the regular stores but this was something, based on a bit of research, that was only going to be found in a specialty shop. The taxi drivers were most helpful. I never found the part but I found some great shops!
If you are driving and lost, hail a taxi and tell him where you want to go. They'll lead the way for you and keep an eye on you the whole way.
We also have the small combis or mini-buses. They have regular routes through various parts of the city and are less than US$1 for a trip. Convenient if traveling solo and you have time, but if Wifey and I are traveling together, that ride is now 20 pesos where the taxi is only a little more and quicker to boot. Major stops along the combi route are written on the side of the mini-van/bus. I've yet to find a bus schedule in writing or online...getting around on these is a bit of luck or learned by word-of-mouth.
Closer to home, we now have some banana trees in a little grove. Gift from our friend Rosa. Big bananas and, we're told, a couple of the small "Apple Banana" species. They sure look the same to me so I guess we'll have to wait for the next harvest to find out. I'm still looking for the perfect lemon tree (though I doubt I'll find a Meyers Lemon down here). Thanks to Darren's generosity, Wifey has some flowers, bushes, and vines in the ground and growing quite well. Slowly but surely the landscaping is taking form. This week I'll be working on ridding the lawn of some nasty stickers or burrs (Tribulus terrestris for you geeks). Pulling them up, drowning them in water, and heavy fertilizing will help but the lawn has been ignored for so long, well, it could be flame-thrower time!
Oh, the satellite TV is now up and running. Competition is a wonderful thing. Two Dish Network (the Mexican version) dishes are up on the roof servicing three rooms in the house. OK, so there's only one real TV but there's room for expansion especially if visitors get cranky and need their own space. Ever so slightly less than US$45/month keeps it in the realm of affordable.
I continue to enjoy our food shopping trips. Seeking my favorite brand of coffee, bottle of wine, or fresh chorizo is one of the small thrills of shopping at the various markets. This week I have to focus on flour. I need a good baking flour and an all-purpose flour. Wish I could find some nice semolina too because, well, I'm in the mood for a crab ravioli...