Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mazatlan Sunsets

Well it's that time again for the post on sunsets. For anyone that has seen one too many sunset pictures then you should go on to another site.

If you are addicted to sunsets like us then read on.

Mazatlan has the most beautiful sunsets. There really is no better way to put it. Every night is different; it could be a huge orange ball sinking into the ocean or a multi coloured sunset as viewed from our deck which is where these pics were taken from.

Either way it is unique and we will usually stop whatever we are doing to grab a look.

We also have a great little restaurant right beside us called La Callectia. It is run by a very nice neighbor by the name of Zenada. When she was younger our house was part of her family home. Her and her two sisters grew up in it. The house was later split into three homes and she and her sister are our neighbors. Zenada is an excellent cook and decided to start up a small restaurant on her roof specializing in local Sinaloan foods which she grew up with. Inexpensive, delicious and you bring your own refreshments. And I can walk across the roof to get there! Although after a few adult beverages I don't walk over the roof to get home.

So there you go, sunsets 2013. And I'm sure there will probably be many more.

Christmas 2013

This was the first year we were able to have Christmas in our new house.

Sandie brought down a number of decorations to spiff up the house. We needed a wreath so Sandie wandered off to the local fabric store and bought the wreath, some material, some ribbon and assorted decorations. An hour later ... voila, it's Christmas at 71 Venus.

Because we don't have a lot of space anymore Sandie also takes a few of our favourite decorations and just puts them in an old Mexican bowl we had found in a small used furniture shop.

She also has a number of homemade decorations from a time when she had her own buisness with a friend in Edmonton. They did home parties and sold their homemade decorations to groups of ladies.

We also had our own Xmas tree. Although they do sell real trees here in Mazatlan they tend to be a little pricey and we don't really have any room for one in our small home. So a friend brought us a fake tree in New York a few years ago and that is what we continue to use.

One tradition we have started is to invite many of our Canadian friends over to Stone Island on Boxing Day for shrimp, beer and a killer game of men vs. women Trivial Pursuit. Lots of laughs and some down time after a very hectic Xmas in Mazatlan.

Many people enjoy the beach the day after Xmas. It was quite funny to see this group playing beach volleyball. Not wearing the regular bathing suit you would expect to see on the beach.

And if you don't want the traditional Xmas leftovers you can always stop the tamale cart and order a homemade tamale from him. It is always interesting in Mazatlan.