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Eight years of fun in Mazatlán

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...

Dear LA Times: and another thing….

A few weeks ago I wrote the post Sorry, LA Times, You’re Out Of Line and finished with this: After thinking about how far off she was in this article I started thinking about things I should tell her if she ever comes back to Mazatlán. So here goes, Tracy…on your next trip to Mazatlán don’t be surprised if: – you see piles of garbage on a street corner. Garbage is picked up three times a week here (and get...

Sorry, LA Times, You’re Out of Line

Last week a friend shared a link on Facebook to a story about Mazatlán. She expressed how ugly and mean spirited the article was, and I headed right over to the LA Times to read it. I’ll just wait here for a minute while you go check it out – don’t worry it won’t take long. So now you’re back. What did you think? I was blown away by the pointlessness of the article. It seemed as though the only...

The Shame of House Hunters International

It’s our guilty pleasure, how about you? I love reading books about the expat experience but I also love to watch House Hunters International and see people look for a place to live in interesting locations around the globe. We have our DVR set up to record the show, and lately we’ve seen people move to Budapest, Sarajevo, Brussels, and Dublin. But we’ve been watching the show for ages and there are a few things that we see over and...

Mazatlán is just fine.

Unless you have been away from the news today you must know that  the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken into custody today in a joint Mexico/US effort.  He was apprehended in a condominium in the middle of the malecón, about halfway between Centro and the Golden Zone.  I went for a walk this morning after being woken by a few loud helicopters, but on the malecón the triathalon that was being held was the...

We’re here for good!

  The visa process for expats is different in each area of México.  We had no idea before we moved here that the INM office here would be one of the many reasons that we love Mazatlán!  They are efficient and friendly. Here’s our recent experience.  We had held FM-3 visas for four years and FM-2 visas for two.  With the recent changes to immigration policy we decided to change to Residente Permanente, which gives us all rights and obligations...

Five years of the good life in Mazatlán

I remember our first visit to Mazatlán back in February of 2007.  We stayed at Casa de Leyendas, and were introduced to lots of people and activities through the generosity of owners Glenn and Sharon.  Practically as soon as we got home we started planning another exploratory trip. Mazatlán had really grabbed us, that’s for sure.  To make a long story short (go to the Monthly Archives at left if you want to read from the beginning) we bought a...

Tips for Moving to México

Are you one of the 10,000 baby boomers reaching retirement age every day? Yes, every day for the next 18 years 10,000 people in the US turn 65. Even if only 1% of those people consider México, that is 36,500 people per year. Are you one of them? Paul and I decided on México for retirement for a lot of reasons. We wanted an adventure. We wanted to learn a new language, learn about a different culture, and experience life...

The Expat Forum in México City

I’ve been home from the 1st National Forum on the North American Retiree Community: Expectations & Options for Living in Mexico since Sunday, so it’s high time I report out to all of you! Thursday evening we all gathered for cocktails at the hotel and got to know each other.  It was great to meet so many people who make México their home. There were people from Puerto Vallarta, Mérida, Los Cabos, La Paz, Ensenada, Mazatlán, Colima, Acapulco, Rosarito Beach, Ajijic,...

Expat Forum in Mexico City

I am leaving early in the morning Wednesday on my way to México City. Paul is staying home this time, as he still works part time and on Fridays helps out at the Luna Gallery. This Friday should be even more interesting as it is also the First Friday Art Walk, so there should be a lot of visitors to the gallery in the early evening. That ought to keep him out of trouble! I’m heading to Mexico City as...

How to be a successful expat….

-or- How to Move Away From Your Home Country and Not Want to Move Back in Six Months. People go on vacation every day and comment “Oh, I would so love to live here! Maybe someday!” That’s fine, but would you really? How would you do if you actually made the move to México? Here are my thoughts on what makes a successful expat. Know Yourself You know what you love and hate, what will irritate you and what you...

It’s a winter wonderland…

I love seeing Mazatlán through new eyes.  My older sister came to visit for a week and I loved showing her what our life is like and seeing her really understand the magic of this place. The weather has been chilly – by Mazatlán standards, that is. High 50’s to low 60’s overnight and mid-60’s to mid-70’s during the day.  We’ve had a lot of wind, too – so a jacket or shawl is nearby at all times.  She joked...

It’s like a country & western song

…He loved me and I left him and now he don’t love me no more… When I was in San Francisco last month I stayed with my best friend Jeannie.  When we were planning our move to Mexico we asked her if she’d mind taking care of our yellow shouldered Amazon, Tiko, for a couple of weeks until we got settled in our new house.  I planned to fly up and bring him down on the plane with me. FAIL!...

Friends, near and far

Living in paradise can be a great way to meet people!  We have had several wonderful introductions recently that wouldn’t have happened unless we lived here in Mazatlán. My sister was at a party with some people she has known for years – their kids played soccer together through many years of school.  So when my sister heard that they were heading to Mazatlán, she shared that I live here and suggested we get together.  She gave them my blog...

The 920 days in Mazatlán report (part two)

As soon as I published the previous blog post I remembered a whole bunch of things I should have included… so here goes! Around the house When I come home from the store I immediately put all pasta, beans, rice, flour, nuts, etc. in the freezer over night. I can’t even tell you how many times I have found bugs in food I had carefully sealed in ziplock bags… quite a disheartening feeling to look into a kettle of boiling...