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The First Olas Altas Pedestrian Only Night

Last night we walked over to Olas Altas after 6 to see if the city actually closed the street as they had said they would.  On our way we passed by the Inn at Centro Historico and found that many of the streets in Centro were closed, not just Olas Altas!  Understandably there were many puzzled drivers trying to figure out a way to their destinations.  Valet parking stands were everywhere, though! (arrow through the pics at the top of...

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...

In the Neighborhood

Every time I walk out the door I see something new. The signage on many of the palapa restaurants at Playa Norte were what I noticed today. We’ve had three rainy nights in a row so you see the summer clouds in the background of all my pictures. During the rest of the year it’s the bright blue sky. I am still out walking every day, with Paul accompanying me part of the way. Did you see that there’s a...

Morning in Mazatlán

For the last two months I have been taking a long walk on the malecón nearly every morning. Some days I walk past Los Pinos, some days I head straight to Playa Norte. Some days I walk on the beach and some on the pavement. Every day is unique and wonderful. These walks are a chance for me to listen to an audio book or music and just absorb nature’s gifts. And yes, it truly is sunny nearly every morning....

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...

A Week of Swimming and Sunsets

We are back from our delightful week of relaxing at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. The resort is on the beach at Cerritos, just past the MazAgua water park and the Estero de Yugo that we’ve written about twice before. One of our friends wasn’t going to be using their timeshare this year and so, so kindly offered it to us! What a treat! We spent the week sleeping in, swimming or floating in one of four pools, napping, reading, and...

Love and Non-Love in Mazatlán

You all know how much I love it here. I loved it one early evening this week when Paul and I strolled along the malecón, stopping here and there to take pictures. The one at the top is one of those lovely evening moments – a group of friends out boogie boarding at the end of the day. Truly gorgeous. The picture below is another good one. I had been hoping that one day the city would make repairs to...

Mazatlán in pictures

We went for a walk this morning and I thought I’d show you some of what we saw. Some of the pictures above were from Playa Norte.  Some are from a wall on Belisario Dominguez that usually advertises banda concerts, and the three final ones are the Augustina Ramirez school walls. I never take a walk in Mazatlán without taking my camera.  Can you see why? Please like and share this post!20...

Mazatlán’s Shrimp Fleet

Mazatlán has a very large shrimp fleet, and right now they are all in port because the season is closed.  We had an opportunity to see some of the fleet from the water recently and thought we’d share a few photos with you. X X X X If you’re interested in learning a little more about the shrimp boats here in Mazatlan, blogger MazReal did a great post on his visit to the fleet by land here.   Please like...

Mazatlan has soul

If you don’t believe me, just read the New York Times!  Click on the here to go to the article.  There’s also a slide show, here. Please like and share this post!20...

We hit the big time?

The director of the Instituto Sinaloense de Cultura, Sergio Jacobo, officially starts the filming There’s a movie being filmed in Mazatlán this week.  It is called “Asesinato y Reencarnación: Un Romance.” It is based on a book by Juan José Rodríguez that’s titled Murder in A Chinese Laundry.  Filming started Monday, and stars Shalim Ortiz, Liz Gallardo, Raúl Méndez, Martha Aura and Ari Brickman.  The director is Eduardo Rossoff. The main drag through Olas Altas in Centro has been shut down now...

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...

We are tired but happy

Somos de Mazatlan! We live here! WOW! The last two days have been two of the most tiring of the last few months. I know that part of the reason is just the cumulative action of the buildup to moving – but part of it was just the reality of 4-500 miles per day in an overloaded van with two dogs. We crossed the border at Nogales, entering into the border morass at about 9 am, and we crossed the...