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Love Letter to Mazatlán

There are so many things to love about Mazatlán… here are my thoughts as we prepare to move to México City.  The malecón …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...

Un Solo Mazatlán Por Ti

Mazatlán is really trying to improve life for its citizens.  We have seen a lot of improvements around town to the infrastructure as well as things like removing old cars, paving streets, and better garbage collection.   The latest improvement seems to be (yes I am a bit cautious here) an app for smartphones that allows Mazatlecos to report things to the city such as garbage, street lights out, etc. You put a pin on a map for where the problem...

Tips on Moving to Mazatlan

Are you thinking about moving to Mazatlán, or are you going to spend some time here this winter to see what you think?  I thought you might like a few tips on how to make friends and find out what is going on.  I hope a few of these will make you feel comfortable in your new home right away. First, I would suggest you check out our Mazatlán Links page. Take your time looking around and you will soon...

Making Progress

We went for a short walk this morning (to earn a scone and a cinnamon roll from Hector’s) and I decided to only take pictures of things that are looking good…so here you go! You can click to the right side of the first picture to page through all eight. Please like and share this post!20...

The Streets of Centro Saturday update

Paul and I came back from a week in Puebla and a second week in Mexico City to find not much to have changed with the road construction in Mazatlán.  If anything, things were worse!  Two streets that were complete have had to be ripped up as the piping was done incorrectly.  The huge rain on August 12 turned much of downtown into canals worthy of Venice. I have to admit I am getting a little tired of taking pictures...

Endless Summer (of construction) in Mazatlan

A couple of readers asked me whether the road construction in Centro was completed yet… so I thought it might be time for yet another update!. The work is proceeding but it is far from complete. The pictures that follow are a loop we walked today – South on Belisario Dominguez, West on Sixto Osuna, North along Olas Altas, and East along Angel Flores with a few pics from cross streets thrown in to the mix. The picture at the...

Mazatlan is under construction

If you follow Countdown to Mexico on Facebook you have seen some of what has been going on around town.  Jumapam has been replacing many old and decayed water pipes in Centro and Paul and I are among those who have endured weeks of dirt and dust while the replacements were underway.  Our block is finally done but the project continues all around Centro.  My guess is it takes about three weeks in each area. But in addition to the...

The reality of renovating in Mexico…

We’ve done five big renovation projects at our house over the years and I have learned a lot along the way. At the top of the page is our finished sala fresca, with its seven new roof beams and new paint. Looks a bit better than it did in my previous post on the project, wouldn’t you say? Are you curious about what it’s like to renovate an older home in Mazatlán? Here are some of my observations, and a...

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...

México Bicycle Delegation Succeeds in the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur

2015 will be a memorable year for bicycling in México. For the first time ever a Mexican delegation participated in the 1,230 km/90 hour Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur. The ride takes place every four years and was started in 1891. This long distance cycling event is one of (if not the) most physically challenging athletic event in the world. It is unique in that there are no vans assisting riders or providing support – the rider does everything for himself. They carry...

High Tides and Grey Sand

We’re having a period of high tides here in Mazatlán, and along with the tides, Hurricane Linda passed on the other side of Baja. I took a bike ride this morning in the coolness left from the rain overnight and I took a couple pictures to show you. At the bottom you’ll see the surf graph, shared by Surf in Mazatlán. The title of the post is with apologies to The Rolling Stones, remembering one of my favorite albums, High...

My Two Pesos

I love Mazatlán, don’t get me wrong. But I truly can’t believe that I’m the only person here who thinks that priorities are a bit out of whack. What’s going on, you ask? Well, in the news recently the Fabulous – Will put us on the map – Designed by a famous architect – Museum and Central Park project that will cost A LOT OF MONEY. The museum is the anchor of the Fabulous Central Park project that is expected...

It’s Springtime in Mazatlan

Spring is in full swing here in Mazatlán. The sun is higher in the sky, giving the plants in our central courtyard the rays they’ve been craving – our hibiscus plants have been blooming non-stop for a month! It’s been a bit over a month since my last post, probably the longest gap in posts ever here on Countdown to Mexico! Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to since Jess & Lourdes left at the end of March....

If Carnaval is over, this must be the Triatlón

Mazatlán has been preparing for the last few days for the Gran Triatlón 2015. It’s been an obstacle course on the malecón as everything needed to put on such an event is constructed on the spot. The malecón has had many long blocks of bike rests installed, along with fencing, bathrooms, massage and dressing areas, bleachers, giant triangular floats in the water, a large stage, a trade show area, and much more. Today is the children’s event and tomorrow is...