Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Initially I noticed the Packers hat and had a chat about the team and their season with this man who was visiting from Ashland, Wisconsin. When the waiter offered some of this "special" Mexican liquor. I politely declined, but this brave Packer fan actually drank a slug or two.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Loa Molina is an artist that crafts beautiful masks of leather. She sells her work and those of other artists in the gallery, NidArt, located in the Plaza Machado, which she owns and operates with her husband. They bought their casa located on Carnaval 26 years ago and established their gallery at their prime location 3 years later. By coincidence I earlier had met her two daughters at the Saturday Market where they were selling delectable bakery goods. Both young women, Nida and Anis help at the gallery, a family-run business, but also have careers of their own. Nida teaches yoga and Anis has majored in culinary arts. Also by coincidence the family owns and operates the cafe across from the gallery, where I hang out when I crave a good latte that I get made to order because I like it muy caliente. I feel very fortunate to have made these delightful connections during our short stay here. What a lovely, gracious, and enterprising family!
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Last Saturday we enjoyed a wonderful evening of music, good food and conversation sponsored by Mazatlán Animal Rescue. Proceeds went to the group that rescues stray animals, neuters and cares for them and places them for adoption. Food catered by Cosmos was delicious and the music was magical. The musicians volunteered their time and talent. What a great event!
Linking to Our World Tuesday
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
There is a myriad of food items to savour and buy: delicious cheeses, produce, delectable bakery items, fruit, jams and jellies, and much more. Tables and chairs are set up so if you are so inclined, you can enjoy coffee with your pastries and food. Volunteers at animal shelters often bring adoptable animals to show off. A little something for everyone! Today I'll go again to see what more I can buy and enjoy! Have to get there early to get the best of the goodies.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Carnaval in Mazatlán will begin February 4, 2016. Already festivities are being organized for the huge event that lasts through the 9th. Selection of princesses is underway and statues are being placed strategically around the city and along the Malecon. This one is located in the Plaza Machado. I've included a smaller photo of it so you could better visualise the actual size of these statues.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
here is missing! He is an escape artist, or so it seems. He is very affectionate, and we really miss him. If you see him around the Plaza Machado, or anywhere else in the city, grab him and bring him back to Loro de Oro Inn at 622 Constitucion. We are leaving in a week so I would like to see him again before we go back to frigid Minnesota.
Linking to Saturdays Critters and Camera Critters.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Last Tuesday I posted a photo for Our World Tuesday that was markedly different from this one, yet both are within walking distance of our condo. There are many lots in El Centro Historico waiting for a developer to come in and transform the property. But there is a certain beauty in decay for a photographer.
Monday, January 18, 2016
The people in México keep themselves busy. Saw this young man caning a rocking chair as we walked down one of the side streets back to our condo. We could not communicate with one another because of our language skills, but he liked having me take his photo. I like to give people whom I photograph a print copy of their image but in this case it wasn't possible. Never go to a country without knowing the language! I had rudimentary skills a few years ago but I lost the facility without practice. One of my goals this year is learn Spanish again. Getting back to the photo, I am impressed by the work ethic of so many Mexicans I have met here in Mazatlán.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Several years ago we rented a casa next door to this man. We returned to his family's outdoor food stand recently to say "Hola" again. He was cordial as usual and posed for a photo with his very-tame bird that has freedom from outside his cage. As a young man Chuy toured part of the United States as a member of a band, playing trumpet. Obviously a man of many talents.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Saturday, January 09, 2016
While sitting on our patio I decided to check the community room for an English/Spanish dictionary to replace one that I had forgotten to pack. When I returned, Walter, the inn's resident cat had made himself at home, lying atop my journal. . .probably sated after cleaning up the plate of cheese and crackers I had left behind. This is the same cat that has learned how to slide open our kitchen screen to come in to visit us. The innkeeper (sadly) has foiled Walter by applying a "catch" that opens the window just large enough so the cat cannot enter our place.
Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters
Friday, January 08, 2016
A rather raucous group of policía turista were having lunch in one of the restaurants when we walked past and were more than pleased when I asked for a fotograhía. When the cruise ships come into Mazatlán with large numbers of tourists in the city for the day, I have noticed a much larger group of volunteers and police that are around el centro and the plaza.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Tourists, expats, and Mexicans have many shopping options in this country. Groceries can be obtained at small tiendas, larger supermarkets like Sam's Club and Mega, or my personal favourite, the Mercado in El Centro. The Mercado is filled with vendors of all kinds: clothing apparel, sunglasses and hats, souvenirs, pharmaceuticals, fruit, vegetables, grocery staples, dairy, poultry and meat. Although I haven't purchased meat products here, on the advice of friends, I have gone to smaller markets to buy some of my perishable groceries.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Monday, January 04, 2016
Although we could not get close to the building, I was able to photograph from afar the mosaic on the side of the new convention center in Mazatlán, It depicts part of the history of the city. Look to the left to see a deer which is a Nahuatl word meaning "place of deer." The other symbols refer to the founding of México and the aquatic element of this seaport city.
Detail of the mural (click on the photo for a clearer image)
Linking to Monday Murals
Sunday, January 03, 2016
I haven't been out and about yet to take photos since we have been busy getting settled into our January apartment: changing money, buying groceries, and trying to remember bus routes. This morning we are meeting friends for brunch. I think then I will feel settled. Incidentally, our apartment is behind the black fence partially circling the small pool.
One of the resident cats in our inn likes to visit our apartment ("not allowed," said the owner), but the cats roam freely in the common area. This little one is a bit narcissistic, don't you think?
Linking to Saturday's Critters
Linking to Saturday's Critters