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    • Day8

      Last day in Mazatlan

      March 29, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      It’s our Last day in Mazatlan - moving on tomorrow. This has been a wonderful start. Finished our stay up right with another long walk on the beach and a beautiful meal. Picked a place over-looking the ocean and watched another gorgeous sunset. Amazing how that never gets old, and crazy how affordable places like this are that would be way out of my price range in the US.

      Had to climb all those stairs to get to the restaurant. Not too hard, surprisingly. I’m already feeling much stronger just in a week of being more active. Also, the hill/mt in the pics is the lighthouse we climbed earlier in the week.
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      Traveler

      Wow! You must be really hungry by the time you climb all those stairs to La Marea!! What gorgeous photos you have as treasured memories!! Amazing sunset❣️

      4/1/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      I’m more doing this journal for myself than anyone else. When I’m done, the company will make a book of it for me and a jordan. So trying to capture as much as I can here

      4/1/22Reply
       
    • Day78

      Mazatlán

      November 24, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      The ride on the cargo ferry wasn't as bad as expected. There was a small room with some seats, so Meike slept on two seats and me on the floor. They supplied blankets so it wasn't too hard on the floor. We also got dinner and breakfast.
      After arriving in Mazatlán, we explored the old city center with its beautiful colonial buildings.
      For the night Meike had organized a place via couchsurfing at Irene's home. So we cycled to the beach restaurant of Irene's parents where we were spoiled with a couple of yummy fish and seafood dishes. We talked about our trip and listened to different types of music. I tried to advertise German Schlager and apres ski music but I wasn't very successful 😔
      In the evening, we went out for some ice cream and a drink. The atmosphere in the town was very nice as there was live music and dancing people at many places.
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      Traveler

      Go Herbert! :-)

      11/27/19Reply
       
    • Day671

      Mazatlan, Fähre nach Baja California

      March 27, 2021 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Ein letzter Sunset in Mazatlan. Am nächsten Tag nehme ich die Fähre rüber nach La Paz zur Baja California. Hatte auf der Fähre ein Platz auf dem Oberdeck. Dort kann man im Auto schlafen, doch leider hatte ich einen Kühllaster direkt neben mir.....Read more

      Berni Maria Südamerika

      Das mit dem Kühllastwagen, dass war wirklich Pech😢

      3/31/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ja sicher pech ! Schone Ostertage 🐥🐣🐤🐔 und ein schone reise weiter 🍀😘

      4/2/21Reply
      Traveler

      Wer ist das im camping chair???? Einstein mit langen Haaren und philosophieren am Strand!!! LOL

      4/5/21Reply
      Traveler

      "Der alte Mann und das Meer" Hemingway

      4/7/21Reply
       
    • Day4

      Centro Historico

      March 25, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      Beautiful day exploring Centro Historico, or old town. The temp is an ideal 75-79 and blue sky - amazing. Sat oceanside and had seafood tostadas and guac — and a HUGE pina colada. Simple pleasures. It was awesome.

      Still feeling like an infant. Making inaccurate assumptions - like the bus must only take coins, or have to have exact change like olden day US buses. We walked around for an hour trying to get pesos in the form of coins … they make change from bills on the bus. Who knew? Oh yeah .. they did! 😂Woops. And the money - I feel so stupid trying to figure out how much their coins are worth. The bills are so much more resilient than ours (plastic coated) and are beautifully colored. (Honestly everything is so colorful here - the buildings are gorgeous.)

      it’s going to take a bit for me to not instinctively think something is way too expensive when it’s marked $100. They use the $ sign here even tho it’s in pesos. Jordan has to keep reminding me that it’s only $5 - if not, my mind thinks $100.
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      Traveler

      Sounds like a fantastic adventure. Looking forward to traveling with you

      3/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks very colorful! Good thing you have Jordan going on this adventure with you! What incredible memories you will make! Thanks for sharing some of your picks… love them!

      3/26/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      It IS a good thing she’s along. Makes it much more fun. Adam is joining us in a week or so for a short vacation

      3/26/22Reply
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    • Day21

      !Carnaval!

      February 25, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Mazatlan's Carnival is one of the largest in the country. There has been a parade on the Sunday before Lent and the finale on Shrove Tuesday stretches along the sea front for 5 miles. This year the theme is every one of the 20 Latin American countries, all the way to Argentina. Rather than take many photos of the floats, impressive as they are, I focus on individuals or groups taking a break before the procession proper starts. The girl in green represents Brazil and the red girl, Cuba (complete with baseballs). The brass bands back up the floats or perform for small parties.

      On Ash Wednesday all that remains is confetti on the paving stones. And had the start of Lent been later in the calendar, there would have been no Carnival at all.
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    • Day19

      Mazatlan: Jack Kerouac was here

      February 23, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Writing this on 27th March, I note that virus cases in Mexico are rising sharply and wonder if the measures being taken will be sufficient to halt the scourge. Today there is a protest at the Arizona-Sonora state border trying to stop people getting INTO Mexico. Did anyone expect this consequence of the Beautiful Wall?

      Anyway, back across the divide, I have arrived in Mazatlan after an overnight bus. Before checking in at my apartment, I sample tacos with mushy beans at a simple but friendly al fresco stall. Mazatlan is a popular stop on the way from the USA to Mexico City; it has a lively expat community but long before this was established, Jack Kerouac stayed here in the 1950s. It's a lively fishing and shopping city as well; Liverpool is an important department store chain founded when the Mersey Sound was at its peak.

      Not to be overlooked is that mainstay of all Mexican cities, the municipal market. The musician, while his back-up music is all recorded from the box, is an impressive tenor.
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      Traveler

      I forgot to say how helpful the people can be. On my first night the street map fell out of my pocket and playing the safety card, I had left Maps.Me at home. Plus I'd forgotten the location of the apartment where I was staying. With the help of some very obliging locals, I identified the taqueria where I had breakfasted and they walked me back. This took 15 minutes. Would this happen north of the border or east of the pond?

      3/30/20Reply
       
    • Day3

      Vegan in Mazatlan

      December 15, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      On our first night in Mazatlan, we went to La Ruta Vegana, the best vegan restaurant in Mazatlan... well, OK, the "only" vegan restaurant in Mazatlan but it nonetheless deserves the accolade that "best" conveys.

      Roch ordered a plate of 3 quesadillas and I ordered a couple of tacos along with an order of crispy potato wedges to share.  The only thing lacking was a good bottle of Dos XX.  The restaurant doesn't serve alcohol so we had to settle for non-alcoholized beer which was surprisingly satisfying with our meal.  Our dinner altogether was a mere $18.11 and we left the restaurant thinking, we gotta come back to this place...

      ... and indeed we did go back the very next day.  We didn't realize that La Ruta Vegana was the only vegan restaurant in Mazatlan until we went to Bliss Tienda Vegana which we thought was a cafe as well as vegan store.  Nope, it was just a small vegan store so we happily went back to La Ruta Vegana.

      This time I ordered the quesadillas and Roch ordered "Pozole", a Mexican soup typically made with hominy (processed corn with the germ removed) and pork. The thick soup is seasoned with a combination of spices and garnished with radishes, shallots, shredded cabbage, limes and tortilla chips. We'll never know for sure if the vegan version that Roch had was as good as a traditional meat version.  All I can say is, there wasn't a drop of soup left when it came time to pay for the meal.

      The owner of La Ruta Vegana told us that there were a few other vegan restaurants in Mazatlan but they have consequently closed.  How odd, when everywhere else we've travel to has seen an increase in the number of vegan establishment in light of the plant-based revolution.  La Ruta Vegana will be celebrating its 5th anniversary next week, and we have every intention in joining in on their celebration.

      Although dining out here is a challenge, the local markets offer a plethora of beautiful fruits and veggies. They even sell large packages of trimmed and diced mixed vegetables that is made into soup. In fact, that's what we had for dinner last night. Strangely, however, Sinaloa province is reputed to be the mango capital of Mexico (and home to most cartels), but we've rarely sen any. Those we did find were expensive even by Canadian standards.

      On the other hand, papayas and pineapples are plentiful and succulent, so we can't complain too much.
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    • Day240

      Mazatlán

      January 7, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Eigentlich wollten wir uns schon am Abend mit unseren alten Travelerfreunden Anne und Erik treffen, allerdings hatten die beiden Probleme mit dem Auto und so sehen wir uns erst zum Frühstück.

      Wir tauschen uns aus und dann geht es für uns weiter nach Mazatlan.Read more

    • Day155

      Cyclist Party in Mazatlan

      January 4, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Many of us cyclists had written to the one Warmshowers host in Mazatlan, Abel. He came to the ferry terminal expecting to collect 4 people that he would host, but was surprised to find 8 cyclists all in need of a place to stay. In true Mexican can-do style, he collected his wits after counting how many there were of us, and launched into finding a solution to host all of us in his tiny appartment. "You can all fit, but it will be tight! If it doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me" he said. So we rode through the city like a critical mass bike ride, and along the Malecon to his place in the centre of the city. His appartment was on the 4th floor, so while some of us carried our bikes and gear up the stairs, Karl rigged up a hoisting system (i.e. him and our bear hang rope) to pull bags up to the appartment. With bags and bikes strewn around the appartment and patio next door, we shared food, beer and laughs in good company. We really enjoyed our short stay with Abel, and were sad to leave so soon the next day, but the Pacific coast of Mexico was calling us to come explore it...Read more

      Bridget McEwan

      Nice work!

      1/22/16Reply
      Holly and Karl

      Yep, had to put the rope to use!

      1/28/16Reply
       
    • Day6

      First sunset

      March 27, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      Walking home from dinner/sunset there were hundreds of these small birds in the trees. The video won’t do the sounds justice.

      Traveler

      Great picture of both of you!

      3/28/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Thanks! I have to literally twist Jordan’s arm for a selfie, so it’ll be a rare sight.

      3/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      You two are beautiful and those smiles are incredible! Love the pictures!!

      3/28/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      ❤️❤️

      3/28/22Reply
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