Life here is less challenging than it was at first, and not just because we have better Spanish. For example the list of things that I buy in the US is getting smaller and smaller. You can now find organic food, decent peanut butter, and Keen sandals. Kindles and iPads make it easy to get any book you want. Netflix Mexico has pretty decent programming. You can even buy things on eBay and with the Estafeta connection have them shipped here for $10. The things I tend to buy in the US these days are vitamins and clothing, as clothing here is expensive and (in my opinion) not high quality.
We have enjoyed traveling around México every year – there are endless places to explore. There are even 28 new Pueblos Mágicos this year! Tourism is up everywhere, and Mazatlán is no exception. The new road between here and Durango has brought more visitors than expected, and hotels here are full most weekends. There will be 127 cruise ship arrivals here this coming season, and the city seems committed to improvements that will make those visitors want to return. And why wouldn’t they, as Mazatlán was named the 4th best city to live in México
We’re having additional air connections, making it easier to get around, but we’re still hoping for WestJet and Alaska to return to their previous flight levels. Most of us still yearn for the lost direct flights North we used to enjoy.
Paul and I have made it through serious illnesses here without ever even thinking for a moment about heading North. Our care and treatment was better than first class, and our bills were tiny compared to what they would have been up North.
To sum up, we are both happy that we moved to Mazatlán eight years ago. It’s just home, now. What are you waiting for?