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Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 97 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 5, 2022 1:57 PM

Watch the movie The Decline (Netflix), its a survivalist flick. Filmed in Quebec. 

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
29,228 posts 320 reps Joined Apr 2010
Sun, May 8, 2022 10:43 AM

italki has been an immense help for me in Italy. Some people just have the ear for languages, and I’m not one of them. 

Once you figure out the conjugations, search “top 1000 words in Spanish” and make flash cards. 

Also, don’t be a dipshit like me and try to structure your sentences from English to Spanish. It’s ok to simplify and not overthink sentences.  Good luck.

sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 35 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, May 8, 2022 11:53 AM
posted by Automatik

It's a tourist/international town town, so a decent amount. I do regularly come across locals who speak zero English though....waitstaff, bartenders, taxi drivers, etc. 

I've been on several dates with women who don't speak a lick of English. Hell of a challenge.

Booze definitely gives me more confidence.

Were going to see you on 90 day fiancé soon. 


brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 20 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jan 23, 2023 4:02 PM

Are you still in Playa Del Carmen?

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 97 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jan 23, 2023 5:15 PM

Got back a few weeks ago. I renewed my residency last week. 3 more years then I'm permanent! 

brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 20 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Jan 24, 2023 8:45 AM

I'll be flying into Cancun this weekend and staying in Playa Del Carmen for a week.

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 97 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Jan 24, 2023 10:09 AM

Nice man! Weather is perfect. It's high season, so just know it's rather crowded. Happy to provide any recommendations if needed....beaches, food, other shit to do, etc. Let me know. This place is small and I know it well. 

brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Tue, Jan 24, 2023 5:01 PM

We are staying at the Riu Playacar. Hopefully, we picked a good one (or at least decent).

Automatik Senior Member
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Tue, Jan 24, 2023 5:41 PM

The beach is better in Playacar with less crowds. It's a rather far walk unless you're IN Playacar.

The tide is high for this time of year meaning a lot of the public beaches are very narrow. That + more people = very crowded beaches, especially on weekends. 

Playacar is a gated community, basically it's own little bubble. You can still get out to centro Playa, just hit up the hotel for a ride.


Have you been here before? If no, a few tips.

When out of the resort, never use dollars, EVER. Use an international CC when possible. It's a cash heavy town though. Pull pesos from Mexican bank ATMs (not tourist ATMs that offer USD) using your US debit card. Decline the conversion fee when that screen pops up on the ATM. You'll still get hit with a small ATM fee and possibly an international conversion fee from your bank, it all depends on who you bank with. That screen asking to accept is just some scammy BS that's easy to fall for.

Standard tip is 15% no matter what anyone tells you. 18% is nice, 20% is for great service.


brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 20 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Jan 25, 2023 8:28 AM
posted by Automatik


When out of the resort, never use dollars, EVER. 


Would dollars still be ok for tipping within the confines of my resort?
Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 97 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Jan 25, 2023 9:32 AM

Yeah, totally ok. Place looks nice!

33,369 posts 127 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Jan 25, 2023 8:11 PM

I’m not going to Mexico, but is using dollars a way to get robbed? Or it just not socially acceptable. 

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 97 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 26, 2023 11:55 AM

More often than not, you'll get an unfavorable exchange rate. 

It's the simplest scam around. Restaurants will accept the dollar at 17 or 18:1. They make it seem like it's convenient for you because they will accept USD. 

When in reality the exchange rate is actually 20:1. Or they will just completely fuck you over, i.e. if you pay in dollars its $10 more than it would cost if you paid in pesos. I've caught this on several occasions. 

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 203 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 26, 2023 1:37 PM
posted by Automatik

More often than not, you'll get an unfavorable exchange rate. 

It's the simplest scam around. Restaurants will accept the dollar at 17 or 18:1. They make it seem like it's convenient for you because they will accept USD. 

When in reality the exchange rate is actually 20:1. Or they will just completely fuck you over, i.e. if you pay in dollars its $10 more than it would cost if you paid in pesos. I've caught this on several occasions. 

When we were in Costa Rica, restaurants and other merchants had a basic exchange calculation.  It didn't matter one bit what the current conversion was at all.  So we were always better off using credit cards, as the CC companies do the converting, not the merchants.  Also, when we paid with cash, we got change back in local currency.  So the conversion could have been screwed up multiple times. 


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