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Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's our anniversary!

The prospect of spending our 9th "Commitment Celebration" anniversary in Mazatlan was not very appealing. 

Few people had anything positive to say so our expectations were low. Its hey-day was apparently in the 80's. Her natural beauty is still very much evident but many streets and buildings are delapidated. Mazatlan also has a bad rep for drug cartel-related activities that has scared away visitors who flock further south instead. But many members of the North American silver-haired brigade remain. Local gringo newspapers echo their presence with articles and ads that concern the aged. Anyone need a hip replaced?

We chose to stay in Old Mazatlan that has a much more Mexican feel to it, and less of the bad bits associated with the cit. We got a lovely sea-facing room in an old hotel with a perfect sunset view. Simply revelling in the fresh air and breathtaking sunsets from our balcony was bliss. On our anniversary we spent the day strolling along the malecon and took turns every hour to say what we love most about each other. That night we splashed out for a fancy-schmancy dinner at an Argentinian steakhouse. It was quite some time since we had decent steak, it did not disappoint. We even agreed to a busker's serenade (see pic).

Aside - In Mexico busking guitarists/vocalists and mariachis abound. They proposition us any time of the day and just about everywhere. Normally we'd politely decline with a "no gracias" or avoid eye contact while edging away from the situation. At breakfast that day I held my head in my hands and said to the would-be-busker: "Es muy temprano para mi. Quizás mas tarde." (It's too early for me. Maybe later.). It worked a charm! 

Aside from the aside - Although people are always trying to sell their wares or services to tourists on the streets/beaches, at least they're not begging. That's one of the many great things about Mexico! We've only come across begging a handful of times at most. 

We took a bus ride to the other side of town and walked back along the promenade. This gave us good exposure to how the town once expanded and now appears to be contracting. We ended up walking over 10km, much needed exercise.

Part of the reason we ended up spending a few days in Maz was to find the imigration office and  have our visas extended. Once there we realised that we were given 6 months all along, not 3 as we originally thought. Not quite sure why 3 months was stuck in our heads. Silly us never even bothered to confirm our suspicions. Doh!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this town. Its dated look has a certain charm. It may never regain its heyday but hopefully finds a new niche to keep it going.
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