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A Wonderful Mazatlán Carnaval…

It’s been a wonderful Carnaval here in Mazatlán.  Last year was the pits, so we all were hopeful that this year would be a good one. The new mayor and governor were determined that it would be peaceful, well attended, and organized.  We think they succeeded. The theme this year was “The Return of the Muses.” Along the length of the malecon many statues like the one above were placed, as well as in significant spots throughout Centro – like...

Remembering loved ones…

Tomorrow is the Day of the Dead, and we put together a little altar to remember our loved ones who have passed on.  Pictured are my parents, who died way too young.  My mother was only 41 and my father 56.  Paul’s parents are pictured, too – they lived longer – into their 70’s.  There is also a picture of “Papa when he was a girl” – my maternal grandfather, born in 1898, wearing a dress in the days where...

It’s Moto Week in Mazatlán!

Semana Santa and Moto Week overlapped this year in Mazatlán!  Semana Santa ends this Sunday, with school back in session next Monday, and 15,000 motorcycles descended on Mazatlán for the 15th Annual Moto Week that started last Thursday and runs through tomorrow.  The hotels are full and happy, and the atmosphere is festive and fun. Thursday night we drove up to the Golden Zone to have dinner at Zab Thai (yes, it was delicious, of course) and what a scene...

Peace, please.

Ever since the panic at the Tuesday Carnaval parade I have been thinking about the illegal drug business and how I feel about my personal security and our home in Mazatlán. Those of you that keep up on the Mazatlán news will know that there has been a very real change around here recently.  A person was shot at point blank in broad daylight a few weeks ago.  Not way off in a remote colonia, either.  It was on Rafael...

Carnaval ends with a sigh.

Carnaval finished this year with a whimper or a sigh.  I’ll tell more at the end of this post.  But here are a few pictures that I thought you’d like to see… and I also want to encourage you to go to Mexico at Last and read this post about last Saturday night.  Paul and I shared the evening with them and I love the pictures they took of the crowds we encountered on our way home from the fireworks...

Where was I, now?

Wow, that was kind of unusual for me, to go missing in action for a whole week.  But it has been a busy week, primarily with Carnaval activities but also with knitting, and hanging out, and sleeping in, and other decadent Carnaval week pursuits.  Around here, nothing, and I mean nothing gets done during Carnaval week except partying and sleeping.  Government offices, most small stores, civic projects, and schools are closed. I plan on getting back in the blogging zone...

Gearing up for Carnaval!

The city is busy with preparations for Carnaval… it starts Thursday, and if the artwork around Centro is any indication, it is going to be an especially good time this year!  Here is a link to my Carnaval 2010 gallery – I will keep adding photos as I take them so come back here or go to the menu bar at the top and click on Photos to see what’s new....

I love this town!

I am really glad we decided to settle in Mazatlán.  I love living by the ocean.  I love the weather most of the time.  But really it is all about the people.  I just love the people here. The Mexican population is  just so nice!  No one is ever impatient with my Spanish, I truly think they like to help, they are that nice. How can that be? Everyone smiles and greets each other.  People want to chat.  People inquire...

It’s starting to look a lot like…

Christmas around here. Paul and I are usually a bit indifferent to decorating for the season.  Two years ago we didn’t decorate the house and only at the last minute decided to buy each other gifts.  Last year we put up a few decorations we’d bought in Guadalajara the month before, but it was very minimal. This year we bought a tree (yes, it’s artificial).  That has been joined by a huge star piñata, some icicle lights and a rope...

Nana’s on her way…

It seems to me that Halloween is catching on here in Mexico, but that doesn’t mean that Day of the Dead is taking a lower profile. Kids walked around Centro in costume but they basically called out “Halloween” here and there, not really expecting candy.  I think if anything it is another day to wear a costume an have parties, and that makes for a popular day for kids. All the blogs here in Mexico seem to have had their...

Naval Battle re-enactment

Last night was both the Burning of Bad Humor and the re-enactment of the 1864 Naval Battle where Mazatlan repelled the French.  It was quite a night! We were heading to Cerro de la Vigia during the Burning of Bad Humor, but we read in the paper this morning that they burned Héctor Carrillo, a judge in the election of the Carnaval Queen.  When the vote came out as a tie, he hastily said that he made a mistake, and...

Countdown to Carnaval!

x This is our second Carnaval here in Mazatlán, and already it feels different than last year.  Last year’s celebration was the first for the new city administration, and the previous administration had left no money in the coffers to roll over for Carnaval.  So if you were here last year things felt a little thrown-together, because they were. I’ll have a full series of photos of the changes here in Mazatlán in a couple of days, but I thought...

The Holidays in Mazatlán

Jumping on the bandwagon after Steve and IslaGringo, here are a few pictures of some Christmas scenes in Centro. The picture above is the nativity scene in the Plaza Republica.  As is usual in these kinds of scenes, there are various size animals sharing the barnyard.  See the HUGE turkey on the left side of the picture?  I took this picture as we met up with Guaymas blogger Brenda and her husband Roy.  It was so nice to finally meet...

Mazatlán Monument Monday #1

Pedro Infante was born in Mazatlán in 1917, and the monument at the South end of the malecon at Olas Altas  pays homage to him and commemorates his movie role in A Toda Maquina. He died in a plane crash in Merida in 1957 piloting a plane bound for Mexico City....

Rainy day parade

Paul and I headed out in the drizzly morning to watch the Independence Day parade.  We got a little bit of a late start as we waited for our housekeeper to arrive…which meant that we missed the horses at the beginning, but here’s a bit of what we saw.  Above, you see schoolgirls marching with a flag.  Pretty much every school in Mazatlán was represented, some with the Mexican flag, some with their school flag, and some with banners. There...