Mission related and personal items by Felipe Colby
I would LOVE to hear how you set up online bill pay. I spend several hours a month in line at the bank.
I use Banco Ficohsa's "interbanca" to do all of that...including moving payments for rent to my landlord's account, etc. It is extremely handy. I believe some of the other banks in town have it as well. It took me just a visit to my local branch to set up the username and password, and which accounts I wanted to affiliate to the interbanca account. From there...I just access and pay/move what I want, no problems. If you need to move larger amounts, they will even give you a token/fob to use for added security when logging in to do so.
Good post, Felipe.
However, I am curious. Do you know of anyone who ever received a letter here? I know a wealthy US guy who sent a letter to his father in law a few months ago as an experiment. He posted it downtown. They live in the same ritzy colonia. He never got it. I know La Gringa posted a humorous post years ago about unexpectedly receiving a piece of mail in her "buzon." But I don't know of anyone personally getting a home delivered piece of mail.
We have regularly received mail at both places we have lived here. Sometimes it seems they wait until they have more than one piece to drop off, other times just a card or letter by itself gets here...usually 2-4 weeks from when postmarked in the US. I do warn people not to send pictures or anything that makes the envelope bulky, as those tend to disappear. The letters my grandpa used to send were also regularly in a plastic bag with a stamped explaination that "somehow" it had been ripped open along the way. It is not the cheapest route...but we have even received packages from people that have not heeded our advice and sent them through the mail. I am not a glowing endorser of the process...but for post cards, small letters, even newsletters from the US...it seems to work fairly well, just keeping in mind the limitations and such.
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