Feb 15, 2017

A walk through a colorful Mazatlan street

Yesterday we went to the chiropractor.  It appears that we are making progress, finally.   The last few times we have walked from the nearby Playa Sur Embarcadero where his office is located, to the mercardo.  Today we took a different route through Centro to the mercado.  Such a great walk.  We plan to take a new route each week.

As we walked away from the Mazatlan side of the embarcadero I noticed how all these boats are tied one to the other.  How does one get from the shore to the third boat out?

Just outside our chiro’s gate, across the street, we saw this fellow walking one very large dog and two very tiny dogs.  There is a small white Chihuahua to the right of the black one.  Quite the combination.

Love the colors.

So many ups and down in the Mazatlan sidewalk system.  I certainly could not wear heels like these.

Anyone looking for the perfect fixer upper?

This old relic is best just admired.  But what stories would this home tell?

A few blocks further, I saw this fan palm which looked so much like mine on the Isla, except that this one fanned out at the top of a long trunk.  Mine fans out from the ground up.

No idea where these stairs lead to, they are behind a locked grilled gate.  How I wish that I could have climbed this stairway to the unknown.

What lies behind this wonderful geometric gate?  What inspired the design?  So very beautiful.

We took a slight detour to the Plaza de la Republica as I wanted to see the two Carnaval monigotes.  As I walked through the pigeons I got some flight action.

Colin pointed out this pulmonia to me.  I wonder if the vendor leaves it set up overnight or drives his business home every night?

Nice to see a bit of Carnaval right in Centro.

Love the colors.

From the Plaza we moved on to the mercardo where we made a few purchases and headed back to the Isla.

We hadn’t been back very long when Eric, our RV tech showed up to do some repairs. This was the second spring he was putting into the toilet pedal. The first one appeared to be faulty. All is well now.

We have a long list of things to get done before we head North. One of them was applying new sealing rubber under the bed platform. This is what keeps the dust from the road and the engine floating into the bedroom as we travel.

We are hoping to get fitted leather sleeves made for our driving chair arms.  Eric took one arm with him and we will see what he comes up with.  We are also getting the windshield wipers powder coated black as eventually the paint flakes off and they rust.  This will be an inexpensive permanent fix.  While Eric did his thing I was in the kitchen cooking up 10 days worth of chicken and some more sweet potato.  By the time the chicken was weighed into 2 day meal packages and the kitchen cleaned, Eric was ready to call it a day.  I was ready to call it a day, I had been in the kitchen for 4 hours 😯 .  By the way Carmeh continues to do well on her new food.

We received this bottle as a gift and thought that yesterday, Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to open it. The cupid and arrow say it all.

A cute wee story on the back.  We must check out Dirty Laundry when we get back to Kelowna.  Thank you Ruthie & Patrick.

A colorful end to a most colorful day.

 

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Feb 14, 2017

Whirlwind weekend ~ part 2, the best part !!

Is that a birthday cake?

Yes it is! This whirlwind weekend visit was a gift from Chris to Juan whose actual birthday is the 23rd of the month.

Happy birthday dear Juan. May the year ahead be as special as you are.

…and so the party continued.

Never a dull moment at a fiesta at our place.

Juan & Colin are lighting the floating sky lantern, one of Juan’s favorite things to do here on the Isla.  We only have three lanterns left, one for each subsequent visit.  They aren’t good for the environment so we aren’t going to get anymore.  The lights above the lantern are a ship way out on the horizon.

Some left at that point but the party kept on going until their were only six of us.  Colin played a bit and the rest of us conversed.  I think it was well after 10:30PM before we all said adios.  For certain it was after midnight before we got to bed.  Yet another fun party here at our Isla home.

Midday Sunday found us at the Plazuela Machado checking out one of the Carnaval monigotes of which there are 11 in total this year.

Next stop was the Sunday symphony at the Teatro Angela Peralta which featured Voz en Punto, a Mexican vocal ensemble.

However they were not just a vocal ensemble but rather a most spectacular a capella group.  They have performed in over fourteen major countries around the world.   I love this genre of music but I have say that they blew me away.  Here is a link to a video taken a year ago of the first song they sang, El Viajero

The group was brilliant. They used their voices to create the sounds of instruments and they were also very  dramatically talented.  This photo depicts the song Copitas de Mezcal…..a drinking song.  So very well done.  They also performed two of my favorites, Besame Mucho and In the Mood.  What a great show.

From there we headed to a late lunch/early dinner at La Bohemia at the Plazuela Machado.  The drinks were great and the food even better.

As we enjoyed our beverages, the members of the Voz en Punto ( voice on point ) strolled past us towards another restaurant for their meal.  The patrons in the restaurants along their path broke out in spontaneous applause in yet another thank you for such a spectacular performance.  We were so happy to be a part of that appreciation.  Such a perfect Sunday afternoon.

As we crossed the shipping channel back to the Isla, we saw how busy it was, a smaller cruise ship berthed between a freighter and an immense car carrier.

This sunset shows how far the sun has traveled towards the NW in these last months before setting.

Fisherman out on the ocean watching the puesta del sol.

A few visitors in our bay for the evening.

Sadly this moment had to come.

Adios dear friends.  Hasta luego.

Now that was a whirlwind weekend 😀

 

 

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Feb 13, 2017

It was a whirlwind weekend

Our good friends Juan & Chris who live in Monterrey, Mexico flew down to Mazatlan for four nights of rest, relaxation and fun 😎  Most of my readers know that our friendship goes back many years and that the fellows have RVed here to the Isla for the last two Christmases so this makes it their third visit in three years.

Last Thursday was our first cocktail hour.

……followed by the first sunset of their visit. We next walked down the road to Miguels for dinner. Sorry no photos as we were having too much of a good time catching up on various life events.

I can’t remember what happened Friday day but it included visits here and there and beach walks and just a whole lot of relaxation.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, El Velero on Friday nights has become the place to be.  Jazz night.  Yet another great place to meet other RVers and friends who live on the Isla and to catch up on the que pasa of it all.

This beach dog was having a good time rubbing her back against the chair in time to the music.

It was rather comical.

The two resident ducks just had to show off for the guys. Waddle, waddle.

Not sure what happened to Saturday, I think that the fellows went into Mazatlan for a while.

Our Saturday happy hour started out with some offshore visitors.

We were twenty for dinner and a few more for the happy hour.

Yes I know the photos are not clear and guess what, I wasn’t taking them.  While still in Palm Springs in November it became apparent that my beloved Canon SX280HS developed a scratch on the lenses, likely due to the repeated opening and closing of the shutter.  I do take tons of photos.  We only had a few hours to make a decision on a new camera re 24 hour shipping and ordered the new replacement camera, a Canon SX600HS, which had great reviews.  Sadly it is not a good low light camera.  I am looking for a new camera once we get back home.

It was a pot luck dinner and we had five salads, two quinoa, a mango, an avocado/tomato and my Caesar salad.

Lots of veggies, ham. chicken wings, a vegetarian  enchilada casserole,  etc.  I know, lots of food and people photos but these are also serving as a record for my friends visit.

We had three kinds of scalloped potatoes, including dairy and gluten free and a triple recipe of homemade beans which I think were great even though I made them myself 🙂  All of the food was very tasty.  It was a great potluck dinner and our Isla vegan friends found much to fill their plates and stomachs with.

Juan and Chris were the first through the buffet.

After the meal we all relaxed around the fire.

It was a very relaxing evening centering around a good deal of conversation.  Many newcomers to the evening and much getting to know all about you.

…to be continued 😆

 

 

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Feb 11, 2017

Special jazz night

This past Tuesday was a wonderful evening out for us.  A special performer was in town and an event was planned.  It actually occurred over 4 nights and we were fortunate enough to get there the first evening.  The venue was La Bohemia on the Plazeula Machado, yet another old home with an open air ceiling made into a restaurant.

Next to Colin was Janice and Terry, our chiropractor here in Mazatlan, along with our RV neighbors and blog readers Patrick and Ruthie.

It only holds a small crowd but it was a lovely venue for the evening.

Johnny O was in town from Colorado and our friend Kevin arranged for a few magical musical evenings.

Our good friend Kevin.

The crowd was really into the music.

One of the small architectural details in the restaurant.  It is a niche in the wall with the plaster revealing the brick underneath.

Johnny O front and centre.  Each of his four performances were sold out.  I would have gladly paid to see him a second time.

I was a most remarkable evening, so glad we were able to attend.

 

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Feb 10, 2017

A fun moment on the Isla

As we were headed to drop off our laundry we saw these cute kids.

She was trying to get her brother to wave at us.

No way he said.  Love the way he is strapped in.  This family is one of the major horse ride providers on the Isla.  They so start their kids young in the business.

A second floor being added onto a home.  A most unique way of supporting the new addition.

Yet another colorful end to the day.

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