There are so many things to love about Mazatlán… here are my thoughts as we prepare to move to México City.
…is an unbelievable and wonderful asset to the city. I love getting up in the morning and getting out for a fast walk. The view is incredible, and almost every day is sunny. Even in the summer when you get out early you can enjoy your exercise like you never would in even the best gym! I always like walking in México City but you really can’t beat the ocean, can you?
…is a comfortable, welcoming place. We have friends and acquaintances here that are important to us. We love being on a first name basis with lots of people, and feel lucky to be included when they have big news to report. I will miss being greeted as I walk along by people who exercise at the same time I do, or who know me from my cancer shots or lab work, our local car wash guys and their families and others who live or work nearby. I know I’ll eventually have something similar when we get established in our new neighborhood, but I think Mazatlecos may be more outgoing than people in other areas.
Every time I walk towards the Plazuela Machado and the tequila loving car wash guy a few streets down says to us in English “Good Morning, No Problem, Downtown Two Blocks” I laugh and say that is something I will miss!
The expat community
…here is really wonderful. Paul and I both know that our friends are going to be the hardest to leave. People make friends quickly here and we are so much richer for these friendships. We are hoping that we will see people often on their layovers at least as México City is a transfer point for so many flights, but it sure will be different, especially at first.
Mazatlán Facebook pages and a Yahoo group show (usually) how helpful expats are – sharing tips, help finding needed items, and in general offering a hand when needed.
The cultural offerings
…are really incredible here for such a small city. I think we’ll especially miss Delfos Dance, although I imagine we will see them perform in México City occasionally. Cultura does an amazing job with a diverse calendar of very high quality performances.
The people are so accepting here
They are very generous and open, even while trying to understand what we are saying in our less than perfect Spanish. They smile, and feed you a word or sometimes even switch over to English themselves. Mazatlán has been a perfect “soft entry” to México for us, and for that we are so grateful.
It has a small town feel
…for a city of almost a half million. For example, over the years (until we became permanente) we had nothing but pleasant interactions at immigration. Same thing at the bank, when renewing license plates or drivers licenses or other usually frustrating transactions.
They sure know how to party!
Mazatlecos enjoy themselves no matter what they do but when they party you can’t help but join in the fun. Carnaval, Moto Week, the marathon, Semana Santa, and my favorite of all – Dia de la Musica – are city wide fun times. And they are so well managed, too! I remember one year walking home from the North end of the malecón after watching a Carnaval parade and experiencing how expertly and fast the cleanup happened! Truly amazing.
They’ve been so kind to me
When we moved here I was one of only a few people blogging about Mazatlán, and it was a kick to write about all of our new and fun experiences. Over time some bloggers dropped out and others came in, but I have always felt that there was appreciation of my writing and my message of love for Mazatlán. Several business owners have thanked me for showcasing their businesses over the years and I was even given an appreciation award by tourism some years ago. It’s been a lot of fun – and a lot of work – but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Our house is under contract now and we expect to head to México City not long after closing. We are looking forward to our new adventure and will look back on our years here in Mazatlán with lots of love.