Wow, a whole month has passed since my last post! I had such good intentions – truly I wanted to be blogging more frequently but I was just having so much fun!
What was I up to? Here we go, in no particular order…
Paul and I bought a new car. We got tired of our little Honda Fit, wanting something that felt a bit roomier and was higher up off the road. (If you drive in Mazatlán during a rainstorm, you’ll understand why.) We shopped around and ended up with a VW Tiguan. We are thrilled with our choice and are enjoying all its fancy features like hands-free cell phones, a SD card input for music and a double length sunroof. We’re thinking about a road trip, too… possibly driving on the new highway between here and Durango when it opens in October and then continuing on to San Antonio and Austin just for fun.
I went to the US for a couple of weeks. I flew into Seattle and spent a few days with my sister and family. It was a super visit, and my sister and I even had time for a spa day and a lot of shopping. While she went back to work, I headed North to Bellingham to visit with son Phil and his family. What a fantastic time we had! I got to go to volleyball practice, a baseball game, exercise at the gym, for lunch and a swim off the boat in Lake Whatcom, a great hike at Mt. Baker, and lots of great meals. The time just flew by.
You might be interested that after six years here in México, the main things that I buy when I visit the US are clothes and vitamins. Clothes here are expensive and I am still somewhat bewildered by what size I am. Shoes in my size (9 1/2) are hard to come by at all. I buy vitamins from iHerb and Trader Joe’s. I pack a duffle bag inside my suitcase and always fill it up by the time I head back.
We had a party. It was a summer celebration party – and I celebrated that we could actually invite people over during the summer even though we don’t have air conditioning in our living spaces. We had lots of fans going but really I think those of us who are year-rounders were just ready to have some fun. I won’t hesitate to invite people over in the summer any more.
We’re on our way to Permanent visa status. That’s the equivalent of a green card in the US – we are allowed to stay here permanently with no need to renew our visa. After six years of a wonderful life here in Mazatlán we are thrilled at this change in status. We read about long waits and difficult to understand processes in other parts of México, but here things are very easy and low-key. Today we went in to Immigration, presented ourselves at the counter and within ten minutes we had been given the paperwork saying we were working towards permanent status. We paid the deposit at the bank and then visited Angel Cruz Cruz (next door to immigration) who has done our paperwork for the last few years. He prepared our packet and we took it back to the immigration office. A few minutes later we had our application number. Back to Angel for photos. In a few days we’ll go back in for fingerprints and to give them the passport pictures. Two weeks or so later we should have our new permanent visas. I guess I’ll be permanently preserved on my visa with super short hair!
Work continues around town as eyesores turn into beauties. A couple are above.
Now I promise – really promise – that it won’t be so long before my next post.