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Mazatlan is Unique

One of the reasons that we chose Mazatlan as our home is because it has a historic colonial Centro – and is on the beach. Usually these two don’t go together. But there’s another thing that makes Mazatlan interesting – it’s varied people. Germans settled in Mazatlán in the 1820’s. Their presence is noticed in the music, food, and beverages. There is strudel in most bakeries and Pacifico beer is the most popular in town. Oompah music is heard everywhere....

Morning at Olas Altas

Yesterday I took a little video while we were near the Pedro Infante monument at the south end of the malecon. It starts out with a view of the newest boutique hotel here – Casa Lucila, then shows Paul and the dogs, Pedro Infante on his motorcycle, and then I just scan around in a circle. The tide was very high. Olas Altas is the stretch of beach nearest us, and it means High Waves. Kind of a nice way...

Sailing on Sunday

Yesterday we went sailing on the Patricia Belle with a group of about a dozen put together by our realtor. The Patricia Belle is an 82 foot schooner – on Fridays and Sundays they take people out sailing just for tips – around 100-200 pesos each. It was such a fun time I know it will be a regular event for us – or for sure anyway when we have people here visiting. We sailed out at 3:30 and returned...

Are we famous?

I forgot this little tidbit in my last post, so I thought I’d step back in time to Sunday. We’d moved our van full of stuff in, and after dancing around a while we headed out to buy a mattress. We decided we’d buy a queen size for the guest room and just stay in there for the time being. That is because we want a king size bed in our master bedroom and don’t want to buy it with...

Road Trip! Road Trip!

Yesterday was a crazy day. We emptied all the remaining bits and pieces from the cupboards and washed them out. We sealed up all our boxes except our office box. Ran the library books back, to the bank for some cash, got Tiko’s wings trimmed, and put a bunch more things for Goodwill in the van. The buyers of our house had their home inspection, too. Oh, boy, was he a finicky dude. Put on a space suit to go...

Goodbyes can be hard

  I have mentioned here before that I have been scanning all my photos so that I don’t have to carry the originals to Mexico with us. This has become a seemingly endless task, but one that has been a lot of fun, too. I’m looking forward to the ease of browsing through them – just telling the computer to run slide shows while I sit and watch. A couple of pictures made me think about farewells, and how hard...

It’s Been Quite A Ride

In my wildest dreams I would have never believed our last month here would be such a roller coaster ride…. Last Tuesday we got word that our house deal had failed. Down to the depths of despair! Then we gave ourselves a talking to, realized we were still heading to Mazatlan even if the house wasn’t sold. We made arrangements for a caretaker and someone to do yard maintenance, and then we were back on top of the world. We...

Quickie Update

We got our FM3’s and menaje approval on the same day we submitted for them! Crazy! I really, really, hope that there will never be a reason for anyone except customs people to take a close look at the pictures. They are pretty horrifying. At least I hope we don’t really look like that! We are heading out this morning to our son’s family in Bellingham. The air is crisp and there is fall in the air. I plan on...

One countdown done, one to go

This is a post from the usually silent member of the blog team. Those of you who read us regularly know that there has been a countdown clock on the upper right area of the screen for almost a year, tracking the days until my retirement. Well, there are no days left. I have just come home after my last day of full-time gainful employment ever. I am in a bit of a daze, but I feel great. I have...

Aw, Shucks!

  Paul and I missed the annual Key Peninsula News retreat this year because we were at our realtor’s office making a counter-offer to an offer to purchase our home! Look what showed up on our porch when we got back! (The wine is from a local winery)   Both of us have been the webmaster for several years for this local monthly paper. It was really fun to be involved with such a great bunch of people who are...

Wonderful

We just got back from a brisk early morning walk on the malecon. The air is fresh, the water and sky are blue. Fluffy clouds. Lots of people walking, smiling, greeting the morning. We aren’t ready to talk about our housing adventures – probably by tomorrow we will feel like we can, but not yet. I’m amazed that we slept last night. I am reading again, second book so far this trip. The last few weeks have been so busy...

What We’re Excited About

Paul and I are really looking forward to our new life in Mexico. Here are some of the things we are excited about: Warm, sunny weather A new house The change from a rural community to a city The adventure of learning a new language Time…with each other Meeting new people…making new friends Buying our fruits and vegies in the mercado Not working for the first time in 45 years (Paul) Long walks on the malecon before breakfast A healthy...

Emotions are Running High

Paul and I talk about our upcoming move pretty much all the time. But yesterday was a day for talking about Mexico, for sure! In the morning we had a visit from Lise and Ken and their girls. They are Seattle-ites who are planning a six-month move to Mexico and are trying to figure out where they’ll go. It is an exciting time for them, and even though they are planning a temporary move and we are planning a permanent...

I’m Trying to Live in the Present

Having made the decision to move to Mazatlan, we are able to focus our attention on what we need to do to make that happen. There is a lot to do, as anyone who has ever disassembled a household can attest! And to move out of the country adds a whole layer that complicates everything. I believe I have the tasks we need to accomplish pretty well lined out. Some of them are complicated – like refinishing our wood floors...

The door is open – come on in.

  Enter at your own risk…it’s kind of a mess here! The first picture is of me at my desk working on moving all our music from cds to the computer. We recently bought a Creative Zen 60 GB MP3 player as well as a 160 GB hard drive for backups. Our thinking is that all our music as well as our data will be on the new hard drive. Of course the new MP3 player will be a treat...