It is Semana Santa here in Mazatlán. The paper says they expect the hotels to be at 100% occupancy starting today. So far – during the day, anyway – it has been pretty relaxed and not too packed at the beaches and the traffic is still more or less normal. I expect that to change, though! The picture at the top of the post is from yesterday – I took a bike ride and liked how the lifeguards, Marina, and Police are all sheltering under a palapa.
I hope that all of you read M! Magazine. If you are in town you can pick up a copy many places, especially in Centro, or if you aren’t just read it online. The picture above is a snapshot of the home page, click it and you’ll go to the M! website. I hope you’ll read my article on Oaxaca – and also the rest of the issue! By the way, there are links to all the Mazatlán news and information sites on the @Maz page in the top menu bar.
You’ll all be happy to know how well things are going with the new El Recreo space! Mazatlán Film and Theater held an open house there on March 23, where people were able to see the space and get a tour. Everyone was thrilled, and fundraising is off to a good start. The picture above is the theater space – before, of course! So far we have had a fair bit of electrical work done and are making good progress sourcing seats and equipment. It’s amazing how fast things are moving. A group will be there this Friday during Art Walk to show people around who weren’t able to come in March.
The biggest news in my world, though, is that Paul has now re-retired. He had been working part time for the last few years and it just felt like the right time for him to give his notice and actually enjoy all day however he chooses! I am so happy, this was the right choice at the right time. The picture above is him having a celebratory martini on his last day of work last Friday! Doesn’t he look jubilado?