Expat Life in Mazatlan

Salty Feet, Itchy Feet

April 3, 2016

April in Mazatlan.  Carnaval over, Semana Santa over, Moto Week over.  Snowbirds are flying home.  The sultry summer months are soon to arrive, along with Nationals on their summer vacations.  It should be quiet and slow here for a couple of months now. I’ve been kicking it with my room rentals in the house all winter.  Moving in here was a great decision last October. …

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A Winter in Mazatlan – And cooling “itchy feet”

February 4, 2016

Since October, I have been staying put in Mazatlan in my new rental house, offering rooms for rent on Airbnb and enjoying the company of visiting family and friends.  Amazingly, five months have passed! In previous years, my life when I was here mainly solitary except for my dogs, and I had a lot of time by myself.  This winter, it is rare that I …

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A New Mazatlan Life

October 10, 2015

I’m an experimental kind of gal.  And problem-solver.  I like to have a Plan B and I like to be proactive. So when I look ahead for the fall and winter and begin to see that I will need to curtail the travel costs for a while (and build up the bank account some), and that my condo in Calgary is rented solid until Dec. …

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A Visit to Canada

September 23, 2015

I just returned from three weeks in Calgary and Toronto, catching up on a few things, tending to my “stuff” kept back there in our condo (listed on Airbnb.com), going through the mail, paying some bills, and spending a little time with my parents and siblings. I wrote a post in January on my old blog, www.alongtheway-cliffjumpers.blogspot.com about my father and the events leading up to him …

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Why I Make Mazatlan My Home Base

July 6, 2015

I read an article recently that listed some of the drawbacks of choosing to live somewhere other than your native country – in other words, becoming an expat.  Some of them include: Losing touch with family and friends, missing important occasions and gatherings, feelings of loneliness and isolation. All applicable to me at least once in a while.  But much more so to other people …

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Road Trip Through Mexico

July 3, 2015

My friend, Gwen, and I had a road-trip adventure together in May of 2014.  The ’98 Jeep parked in Houston ever since Mike, my husband, had left there in April to go and work in Kuwait for a couple of months, needed to be driven down to Mazatlan.  I asked Gwen to meet me in Texas and play co-pilot and navigator. Since it was to …

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Oh, those Latin Men!

July 3, 2015

Mike and I went to one of the ocean-front restaurants last night for some delicious fish and seafood.  (La Fonda).  As the youngish waiter served us, I caught a subtle look from him – a slightly flirtatious smile and glint in his eye that instantly made me feel good.  It hit me then that this happens all the time and it’s not because I’m some …

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Adventures Driving in Mexico with Big Red

July 3, 2015

I recently drove with my most excellent house/dog-sitters, Anne and Mike Howard of www.honeytrek.com, who are globe-trotting travel bloggers of some renown, from Puerto Vallarta to Austin, Texas.  I needed to renew my permit for the Jeep for another six months, which means a trek to the border and re-entering with a new permit. Anne and Mike had been staying at my apartment with the …

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