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It’s Almost a New Year

The end of each year is always an introspective time for me – and this year is no different.  It has been a year of changes as we sold our house in Mazatlán and moved to our new home in San Antonio Tlayacapan. We had originally planned to move to México City after selling in Mazatlán but obviously nothing in life is certain and our plans needed to change.  Paul and I always think about how our luck has been...

What’s Been Going On With Us?

Paul and I are enjoying ourselves these days.  I thought I’d tell you about some of the things we’ve been up to.   It’s kind of amazing, but we have a bit of Holiday Season Flu.  We have set up a little tree and hung the stockings I knitted from the mantel.  We’re even going to go against tradition and even buy a few small gifts for each other.  How fun and different! The lake is really high right now, at...

It’s a Winter Wonderland

Winter is so lovely here in Mazatán!  We enjoy walking every morning although with all the construction on the malecón North of the Fisherman’s Monument we have moved our walk more South.   The new walking surface of the malecón is lovely and the views are wonderful as always.  There is some controversy in town about the vendors at the cliff divers being removed against their will but I love being able to walk through in the morning and not smell...

Dia de los Muertos

We flew to México City at the end of October for a couple of weeks, and it was our good luck to be there for El Dia de los Muertos!  What fun we had! In my previous post I shared a few pictures from one of the parades.  In the album below you will see pictures from our day in Coyoacán, our shopping for flowers and candles for our home altar as well as taking Consuelo out for La Noche...

Fun Parade for Day of the Dead in Mexico City

A couple of hours after arriving in México City we met our son and the family to go to the Día da de Los Muertos parade on Paseo de la Reforma. I have never seen so many people dressed up as catrinas in one place! Children, dogs, entire families were dressed up with amazingly intricate face and body paint. The three pictures at the top (you can arrow through them) are just a sampling of the thousands who participated.  And...

Easter Week in Mazatlán

Easter Week or Semana Santa is a beach holiday for most Mexicans. With the new Mazatlán – Durango highway there are more people enjoying the beach here than ever, with the expectation being around 500,000 visitors. As you can see from the panorama picture above, the beaches are plenty full. With so many people in town it is a bit of a nightmare driving anywhere after 10 in the morning, but we just stay close to home for the week....

The first few days of Carnaval 2014

Carnaval is always so much fun.  This year has been amazing, as the city has absorbed so many visitors, and many of them are from Durango, taking advantage of the new highway. At the top of this post you see the effigy of Lucero, the Mexican singer and actress who enjoys hunting and killing animals and then posing with their corpses.  Some reports have said she has shot endangered species.  So I think she was a great choice for the...

A Carnaval Preview…

What a fun surprise we had last night. While eating dinner in Olas Altas along came several trucks with pieces of the floats for Carnaval. Take a look, below. (As always on YouTube, click the gear icon at the bottom and you can choose HD for a better picture.) Please like and share this post!20...

Getting Ready for Carnaval in Mazatlán

  We all start getting Carnaval fever when we start seeing the large statues go up along the malecon, and the first few were installed yesterday.  Then this morning on my walk I saw them installing one that seems to be of Che Guevara playing the guitar. (picture above) In the same picture you’ll also see someone installing what I think is a guy wire into the palm tree. I’m not sure what all of the rest of the statues...

Lots more shopping in Mazatlán

Paul and I went out for breakfast this morning at Surf’s Up Cafe on the beach in Nuevo Mazatlán.  (Yes, it was amazingly delicious!)  On our way home we decided to stop at the newly opened Galerías Mazatlan mall.  The Liverpool store has been open for a while but the mall itself just opened November 8.  The other anchor tenant, Sears, isn’t open yet. The mall is a stylish two story mall that is all ready for Christmas.  Poinsettias are...

FUN! Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween in Mazatlán

The second annual showing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show by Mazatlan Film and Theater at El Recreo was a big success! Everyone had a great time and there were some fantastic costumes.  Some people dressed up like Rocky Horror characters and others came in Halloween costumes.  Wine and prizes were provided by Mazatlan Film & Theater sponsor MazatlanMyCity.com and the Jonathon Hotel – there were delicious tapas available to purchase from Sugarpop, too.  At the top of...

Mazatlán’s 2013 Carnaval Statues

One of the things I look forward to the most at Carnaval time is the excitement of the set up and election of Carnaval royalty.Even if you don’t attend the coronations you’ll likely enjoy a fabulous fireworks show at the conclusion of the show. Last week’s election of the King of Joy and the Child Queen had an incredible fireworks show that we enjoyed watching from home! The monigotes along the malecón are another big treat. This year’s theme is...

Day of the Dead in Mazatlán

There are so many wonderful holidays here in Mazatlán.  How could I possibly choose a favorite?  I love Moto Week and of course Carnaval, but what about Semana Santa – or El Dia de la Musica?  Every event is celebrated with a parade and fireworks, por supuesto! But maybe, just maybe, Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos might be my favorite.  It’s such a unique celebration, full of love for family, partying, beer, fireworks, and celebration...

The Moto Parade in Mazatlán

It has been a busy time lately here in Mazatlán. Semana Santa is actually the week before Easter, but since the kids are out of school for another week after Easter, it turns into a two week party. This year, the Wednesday after Easter Sunday marked the beginning of Moto Week, my favorite event of the year. Bikers come from all over the Americas for the fun of showing off their bikes and getting together with other bikers. There is...