Mazatlán is an interesting place to live because it has a lot of different phases. Carnaval is busy and noisy, Winter is filled with art openings, theater, fundraisers, and other social events. Semana Santa brings lots of tourists to the beaches. Summer school vacation means we can park on our street anytime. Summertime once the kids are back in school is very quiet. And I mean quiet.
It’s still hot so people aren’t walking around town as much. All the people in restaurants and parks are locals, which makes us feel like the city is ours for a time. We have had people over and been invited over to friends houses. We’ve eaten out a bit.
But Paul and I are enjoying the lull before the social season here to laze about a bit reading and doing projects. I’ve read a number of books lately. Right now I’m reading (and loving) Jane Eyre – I can’t believe that I never had read the book before! I wanted to read it before I read Jane Eyre’s Daughter by Elizabeth Newark. I also read Emma Donoghue’s new book, Room, Bonk, the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach, The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones, and A Nail through the Heart: a novel of Bangkok by Timothy Hallinan.
We took our new little dog Coco in to be sterilized. She did very well and will have her stitches out in a few days.
The newspapers are full of criticism for the current city administration because several projects are dragging on and on for lack of funds to buy supplies. Plazuela Zaragoza has been partially planted with new borders and helliconia, but still is waiting for the rest of the walkway tile and lighting. Same thing at Plaza de Los Leones on Angel Flores. The Central Mercado is coming along but it is not done yet and it has been months! The project was increased with the addition of undergrounding utilities throughout the area but it certainly seems it should be done by now! I’ll get out and take some pictures this week – if I can get my nose out of my book, that is!