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  • 04Mar


    Spring is in full force, isn't this tree beautiful?

    A friend who used to live here in Mazatlan offered to house and pet sit during Carnaval and Paul and I jumped at the chance to get away.  We do love Carnaval but thought it would be fun to get out of town for a change.  We decided to spend a week in Guadalajara, booking a rental in Colonia Americas.  The Americas and Lafayette areas are very lively and fun areas to explore. We were thrilled with our choice.

    We walked all over, of course.  Ate a lot of good food and enjoyed a few cocktails.  It was a blast. The weather was lovely and warm and spring was in full force, as you can see by the park photo above.

    Downtown Guadalajara is under siege as they dig a subway.  It should take another year but will be fabulous when it is done.

    Downtown Guadalajara is under siege as they dig a subway. It should take another year but will be fabulous when it is done.


    We found a fantastic cocktail bar not too far away and listened to some excellent music while enjoying cocktails a couple of times. (Oliveria, Libertad 1852)

    We found a fantastic cocktail bar not too far away and listened to some excellent music while enjoying cocktails a couple of times. (Oliveria, Libertad 1852)


    We enjoyed some of the local beer at Mercado Chapultepec

    We enjoyed some of the local beer at Mercado Chapultepec

    We spent a day at Tlaquepaque, and another day at a fabulous mall. We walked to and from Centro and tested lots of park benches. It was great.  Well, sorry to not say more but I am in a rush to finish this as I am heading out of town in a few minutes to share a week in Sedona with my sisters.  Stay tuned!






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  • 29Mar

    GuadConsulate

    Last summer when I was in Washington State I visited the Social Security office in order to make sure everything was in order for my upcoming birthday, as I was going to be applying for benefits.  After sitting in a queue for more than a half hour watching a video loop of them encouraging people to apply online I decided to take the hint… I’d apply online once I was back home in Mexico.

    So a couple of months ago I applied for benefits online.   A few days later an email came from a SSA employee saying that there were issues with my application.  Oh No!  It scared me for a second but it turned out that it was only a little problem with a form I’d submitted in the long ago past.  They needed me to appear in person at a SSA office to sort it out.  I could visit Guadalajara or an office in the US.  I chose to make an appointment in Guadalajara.

    So after a two week delay due to a sick dog we hit the road on Easter morning without even considering how awful the traffic would be after the entire region spent Semana Santa in Mazatlán!  Still, it’s a beautiful drive and I always enjoy watching the mango orchards, the volcanic rock, the blue agave fields, and the sugar cane.  A picture from the car window of the sugar cane is below.

    Sugarcane

    We finally made it to Guadalajara and had an enjoyable stop for a late lunch/early dinner at the Indian restaurant Goa.  We checked into our hotel and headed out for a walk.  We bumped right in to an handcrafts fair that was really amazing.  There were huge tents set up covering at least a football field I’d say.  We bought a few goodies but I was most amazed by the Huichol beaded deer, below. I’ve seen pictures of the amazing beaded VW but this was the most spectacular item I’ve seen in person.  The deer (venado) is very important to the Huichol. Mazatlán even means “Place of Deer” in the Nahuatl language.

    Deer

    The next morning it was time to head to the US Consulate for my appointment.  The picture at the top of the post is a Google image of the Consulate.  Sure is ugly and fortified, isn’t it? Really awful.  We could tell right away that parking was going to be a major problem… but, no, not in México!  I rolled down my window to ask someone standing on the street corner if there was a parking garage anywhere and he asked me first if I needed parking for the Consulate.  He ran ahead leading us to the place and for 70 pesos we parked in a spot that is watched, etc.  That’s important because to go in to the Consulate you can’t take any electronics, liquids, key chains, medicine, makeup, etc.  So everything valuable had to be left in the car.

    We asked directions and were sent to the other side of the building where we showed our passports and were checked off the appointment list.  We had to take off our belts and pass through a body scanner while my purse and paperwork was scanned as well.  Then off to a large room full of chairs to wait for our name to be called.  After a short wait we headed to Room 5 where we met the woman who had been handling my file and passed an enjoyable 10 minutes getting everything sorted out.  After that we headed outside to find our car unmolested, and pointed ourselves in the direction of Costco and then home.

    The traffic was sparse and the drive was pleasant all the way back home.  We even got to take advantage of the new bypass road that lets you skip Tepic.  All in all it was a successful trip and I look forward to seeing that Social Security money hitting the bank account soon! Makes me happy that I finally get to see some benefit from all the money I had withheld over the years.

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  • 17Jun

    guad2

    I just got back from a week in Guadalajara with several friends.  We spent the week learning meditation and visiting Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, the Mercado Libertad, and much more.  The following pictures are just a few from our great week.  The video at the bottom is from Friday night, and was taken overlooking one of the plazas from our restaurant.

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    I’ve been to Guadalajara several times, but no matter how often you visit a place you always see new things.  This trip was wonderful – my first time visiting Tonalá, and lots of exploring the city.  My Friday night video is below:


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