Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please come along as Bruce and Mary navigate the waters of INAPAM. Bring your sextant!

dif-002If you recognize the water slide fountain in the background you’ll know that we are at the intersection of Av Fluvial (east of here it becomes Av Los Tules) and Av Francisco Villa. Our gym buddy John has been bugging us about getting our INAPAM (old age) cards for awhile and as we are in the mood for a walkabout, this is the day.

dif-005We’ve taken a right turn off of Av Fluvial and we are heading north on the walking path of this beautiful median de Av Grandes Lagos.

dif-006Ok, this is the last selfie, I promise. This gravel road leads to Av Mexico where we find…

dif-009Bridge construction. But we have no problem passing through.

dif-021After taking a left on Av Prisciliano Sanchez we walk a few blocks to this corner. John had told us it was at the DIF building just off this avenue that we could apply for our INAPAM cards. Oh, sorry, you’re wondering what the devil INAPAM is. It is this: Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores, which is, essentially, the institute for old people. Holding this card entitles one to a variety of discounts. The one we like is 50% off all first class bus tix which will be pretty handy when we finally get around to exploring Mexico.

When we came of age (60) a few years ago we had some misgivings about the propriety of gringos applying for such a card but then we had a conversation with Rogelio our cigar guy. He asked us if a retired legal immigrant in the US getting old age discounts would bother us. We said no but that guy probably paid a lot of taxes, we haven’t paid any Mx taxes. Oh yes you have, Rogelio countered, you’ve paid 16% IVA on virtually every purchase you have made in Mexico. And he was right, we have paid literally thousands of dollars in Mexican taxes. Ok, we feel a lot better, now.

dif-020Along the way we come across some SEAPAL (the municipal water works) street art which gives us a chance to give them a shout out for providing some of the highest quality drinking water in Mexico. We drink it right out of the tap.

dif-026We have walked several blocks, asking directions several times and find ourselves here, at the wrong DIF building. A very nice lady gave us rather vague directions having us return back to Prisciliano Sanchez and walking beyond some apartment buildings and it should be right around there.

dif-025After asking directions a couple times, once more, we find ourselves at a walkway just east of the big Farmacia Guadalajara. We head north and find ourselves…

dif-027At the right DIF building. We find out later that there are a number of DIF offices in Vallarta which is not surprising, after all DIF, Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, The Institute of Family Development, would have a pretty broad scope.

dif-030Mary is at the front desk. These gals are quite friendly and Mary is enjoying practicing her Spanish with them. She mentions that we are heading out, this coming weekend, to Yelapa to celebrate our aniversario. She tells them it has mostly been good but, while grinding her fists together, says there have been plenty of fights. The gal on the right, doing an entirely different hand gesture, says but I bet there has been plenty of this, too. The three girls just howl. It takes a lot to make me blush, but I’m blushing now. Finally the girls get down to business and they are sad to inform us that we don’t have all the dox we need and they give us…

002This, the requirements for an INAPAM card application.

001It’s the following week in June and Mary has the perfect file. The only problem is, they are physically out of the cards, they make them on the spot. They tell us to call next week. And that is what we do, week after week until…

003Finally, this day in September, they have the cards. We are sitting patiently waiting our turn to get processed. Ofelia, the gal at the counter has already reviewed our file and now she is dealing with a persona especial who claims the guy sitting next to us has jumped the queue. After about a 40 minute wait our number comes up and we are processed and presented with our INAPAM cards, they are new, but not shiny new, so…

010We stop at a nearby copy shop (ironically, this is where we got the final and correct directions to the right DIF) and have our cards properly laminated, for 7P per.008So where’s the first place we use our INAPAM discount card? At the liquor store, naturally. Cheers!

Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. If you have stories about tramites, processes, or any other subject, please share. Hasta proximo Domingo!

September 25, 2016 · Bruce · 8 Comments
Posted in: Life in Puerto Vallarta