Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Four hours and twelve minutes to paradise


Well here I am in Mazatlan. Flight was good (thank goodness for Westjet!). I was cheap and took the shuttle for $7 rather than $25 for a taxi. So glad I did as I was the last one dropped off so was able to get a tour. Saw the resort section in the north as well as the Gold Zone and finally to my little La Siesta. The hotel is fine - right now no a/c - it quit working but they will move me to another room if need be. The ocean view is tremendous - worth every penny for that. Not only that but it overlooks the malecon so my view is the crashing ocean, people and pets strolling along the malecon and swooping pelicans. And of course the killer sunset.
I explored a bit of the old town yesterday which is where my hotel is situated. Wonderful. I also walked the malecon (walking path) to the beginning of the Gold Zone. Damn near killed me as I got this brain storm around noon so the heat was intense. It took nearly two hours. I mostly walked the malecon although did walk the beach at one point. I was exhausted by the end but just had to do it - when I see a walking path it beckons me.
The food is terrific. And the beer...Corona is the only beer I will drink and it seems I am making a habit of grabbing a beer at the store down the road and sitting watching the sunset on my balcony sipping it.
Visited the market yesterday which was interesting - pig heads, chicken feet - there was normal stuff too!
The people are friendly. Tomorrow I am taking a tour into the mountains to visit two small towns - the people in the room next to me (our balconies are separated by a rail) did it yesterday and loved it so am looking forward to it. It goes to a tequila factory but will not be indulging - I still remember my last experience with tequilla in Mexico - yow!
I purchased a ticket for a Flamenco show on Saturday at the beautiful old theatre downtown - less than a ten minute walk from here.
Today I plan to walk up the look out hill and also get a view of the lighthouse - I am told the way up there is treacherous and so I will not bother. Then walk back to town and have another look around. Then I will visit the beach that is a block away and have a swim to cool off after my walk. Tonight I may take the bus to the Gold Zone and have dinner there.
Adios!!!

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