Mazatlan – Day 4

Once again a full slow day,

First things first. We were out of cream. The assistant to the assistant was tasked with job of obtaining same at Soriano’s. After getting rained on 3 or 4 times, mission accomplished and the social director and her assistant were once again basking in the glory of half and half cream in their coffee. On the upside, I didn’t need a shower.

I was then informed by the social director that my hair was too long and a haircut was required. A person to cut it was located and 100 pesos later I looked awesome, or back to awesome.

At the same place, the social director fixed a broken nail on on her “John, go get this” pointing finger.

Carrying on, we took a stroll to the Melacon and caught a taxi. Interesting drive. Driver had quite the cough. Being in the front seat, I spent most of the trip holding my breath. Our mission in Centro was a watch battery. Unfortunately the shop was not open.

On to lunch. We are at a beautiful little place, Macaws in Centro near the Fremont hotel. Lunch was good. As we ate, the heavens opened up and it began to pour.

We decided to beeline it to Edgars, home of the 20 peso beer. If you want Dos Equis though, that will be 21 pesos. On the way we had to duck into cover from the rain. It did give me a chance to inspect some outdoor electrical work. Finely installed and maintained. Seldom does one see such work.

Once we reached our destination, I was advised of a serious issue in the establishment’s washrooms. Apparently, someone has stolen both toilet seats in the woman’s washroom. A travesty I tell you. To solve the issue, I will be creating a Gofundme page to raise money for replacements. Luckily the men’s room was immune from this brazen thievery. Based on this evidence, I have to assume the job had been perpetrated by a female gang.

After a couple of pops, we decided a milkshake was in order. The rain was intense and left rivers throughout the Centro area.

Then to Arturos for the, according to Buddy in Elf, the worlds greatest milkshake. ( I know he said coffee, but I claim poetic license as the author).

After a wonderful milkshake (secret ingredient alcohol) we headed back to the condo for a lovely lasagne dinner courtesy our host. To finish the evening we had a night cap on the deck and watched another spectacular sunset.

Followed shortly thereafter by this.

Yes…a waterspout. Seen tornadoes before, but never on of these. A sight to see.

Until tomorrow. Hasta La Vista.

Mazatlan- Day 3

The photo is last nights sunset from the Assistant’s deck.

A simple day. The social director was not on top of her game. I thinks it’s called a hangover. Visited La Catrina and watched Super Bowl. Basically posting to keep up the numerical order.

Great football game and a loud and raucous crowd at the bar. Good time.

Day 4 will be coming later today and is a bit more active.

As this is an itsy bitsy post, I’d like to introduce the characters and also highlight some upcoming reviews.

The Social Director. The Lori part of JohnLoriEh and my life partner in crime.

The Assistant to the Social Director. My favourite sister (only?) Janice. Also our gracious hostess for the next while.

The Assistant to the Assistant. Our favourite (only?) brother-in-law, Kirk, also our gracious host.

The scribe is myself, the John part of JohnLoriEh!

Janice and Kirk spend winters each for the last 7 in Mazatlan.

There will be a few more added as they arrive in town and I award them with titles.

As for upcoming reviews, My intent is to gather up similar things and do a series of reviews in 1 post. Music, restaurants and bars will be the main topics, and I could add others as I think of them. This is a fascinating city with lots to do and great vibes.

Mazatlan – Day 2

A very good day. Coffee on the deck watching the tide roll in. The social director had our day mapped out from there.

First stop. Hotel Azteca to visit Arturo for a milkshake, secret ingredient, alcohol.

From here, loaded up with fuel, we continued on our way. Rules are simple, the social director and her assistant duck into a store, we carry on to the next bar and have a beer. They catch up, we carry on. Their first stop, no idea. Ours was Gringo Lingo.

We continued to the Malecon. Once there we had a terrific view of the Pacific. Surf was up.

We caught a cab and headed to Centro and a place hadn’t been before. Edgar’s is a unique place, made better by 20 peso beer.

Once finished, we took off for Plazuela Machado. The plan was supper and some music. The social director and her assistant discovered a shop. We hung around in limbo for a while, saw a hummingbird and the worlds biggest bee.

Following our plan, the assistant’s assistant and I trundled off to Restaurant Mr Lionoso on the Plazuela and had a drink while we waited.

The plan from there was supper at Casa Connobio. Check.

From here it was to Lucky B’s to see Rex. Unfortunately they cancelled as it was starting to rain. Electrics and rain don’t mix very well, can’t blame them and we’ll catch with them later. Back up plan was Las Flores hotel to catch Krakken, another pretty good local band.

All in all an enjoyable day. Day 3 is going to be sedate in comparison, super bowl at La Catrina.

TBT – Cruising From New Orleans March 2011

A Throwback Thursday post from 2011, a cruise out of New Orleans .

I am thinking I should have named this what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but this ain’t Vegas.  We are cruising into international waters on the NCL Spirit.  We departed at 5:00, but first we had to meet up with Gord and Cheryl, who arrived in New Orleans at midnight on the 19th.  We had our breakfast, made contact and headed off for our ship.  Arrived at about 11, were processed by noon and on board by 1.  The day ended in Y so it was time for a drink.  We found the pool, and made friends very quickly with one of the servers and proceeded to explore the beer menu.  It was extensive.  One bucket of Red Stripe (buy 5, get 1 free) later, Gord came up with a suggestion.  There is a pub crawl tomorrow, let’s do that.  (I’m thinkin’ Gord likes drinkin’).  After 6 beer,  that  sounded great, sign me up.  As all things do, the day was moving on and it appeared that it was time to find our staterooms and get ready for dinner.

The beauty of NCL is the freestyle dining.  Casual dress, no schedule, eat when you want from a large and varied menu.  The food was excellent throughout the trip.  Prior to dinner though, it was deck time to do the traditional wave to all the people on shore who could care less (probably thinking we are bunch of saps) that we are leaving.  Yes the ship was leaving.  And leaving, and leaving, and leaving.  Apparently, it takes a while to reach the Gulf of Mexico from New Orleans.  This got fairly old in a hurry, this leaving stuff, so we left the leaving.  Suppertime.

As we sat for supper in the Windows dining room, we could look out the aforementioned windows and marvel at the scene.  We were still leaving.  We ate, had dessert, chatted, got up and left.  It was now 4 hours after we had left, and, believe it or not, we were still leaving.  Apparently it takes one heck of a long time to reach the gulf.

One more stroll on deck, then a show.  Predictably, the show was really the cruise lines version of the Home Shopping Channel, but we were there, and some people like listening to Cruise Director’s talk about how great the shopping is on board.   After an hour of excruciating pre-shopping , it ended.  We decided to head back on deck to check things out, and we were pleased to see that we were no longer leaving, we had reached open water.  Feeling satisfied, we headed off for bed.

Some Thoughts On Retirement

Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel, Mexico

I found this article very interesting reading.  It is from Time Magazine and discusses 5 things the author learned when she quit her job and moved to Mexico. She breaks her epiphany down in this way.

  1. Less is more
  2. It is okay to be selfish
  3. It isn’t a race
  4. You don’t have to follow the herd
  5. There’s a big world out there

I think have had some of the epiphanies myself.  At any rate, Elle expands her thoughts in a persuasive way.  A good read that can be found here.