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Marisol, Berenice and Fred

Spanish teacher comes to El Cid


On our last trip here, Dave and I took Spanish lessons from Berenice. Fred and Berenice have a small but very respected Spanish school here. Fred has also been teaching English several of the El Cid big wigs. Due to the declining economy here, Fred almost closed his doors. We are very glad that he didn't. Dave and I aren't taking Spanish lessons this year due to my upcoming trip to Paris. But mom and dad are keeping their Spanish up with three lessons a week.

Fred, Berenice and their daughter Marisol joined us for lunch poolside

Fred and Marisol had a great time in the pool. Marisol tried to teach me some Spanish but I had cauliflower ears.

I proudly showed pictures of my wedding, my family (old and new) and of course my kitties.

Dave was late joining the fun due to a little allergic reaction, but when he got poolside he entertained us with his artistic abilities.IMG_00000124.jpg

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Venados de Mazatlan



Saturday night the four of us took a pulmonia to the stadium to catch a local baseball game. Home team the Venados de Mazatlan took on the Yaquis de Obregón in the second of three home games.


We arrived at the stadium about 20 minutes before the game started. The stadium was pretty much empty at the time, mostly other gringos like ourselves. By the 5th inning the stadium was 3/4 full.

We sat with our backs to the main entrance, nine rows up from centre field. There was constant movement behind us. Actually there was constant movement everywhere. I felt that all of my senses were on overload! People milled about throughout the game. Vendors walked through the stands offering beer for 20 pesos a bottle.


Also on the menu were baked goods, candied apples, cut up sausages, pistachios (10 pesos a bag), pizza, sushi, churros. There were three vendors selling fan merchandise: noisemakers, glowing sticks, horns, oversize fingers, clothing, all displayed on a tall stick which they held with one hand while sounding the noisemakers with the other. I'm sure each one walked several miles that night, and when they were walking they were standing behind Dave sounding the spinning noisemakers.

One of my favourite things about going to baseball games is the fun music they play between batters. It was no different at this game. I was singing and clapping throughout. It was really interesting when the band played at the same time as a commercial and the music. It was so loud. It seems that many people here have developed the ability to either filter out the music and focus on one piece at a time, or they are able to listen to several pieces at the same time.

For the first time ever, Dave and I ended up on the big screen. I didn't know what to do so I just sat there like a dud. If I had a do-over I'd get up and dance like a crazy fool!

What I didn't see a lot of was the baseball game. Compared with everything else going on it was not as interesting. At the end of the 7th inning, Mazatlan was losing 4-2 and after the grounds crew danced the ymca and then gangham style we figured we had seen everything and nothing else could top that. We headed home. What a fantastic night!

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Dave and Kirsten's romantic dinner

Dave and I booked this trip as our honeymoon. We've been waiting since our wedding in August to come here. Last night we decided to celebrate our three and a half month anniversary by having a romantic dinner in. Unfortunately it was too windy to sit back out on our patio, so we had to dine in our room. Dave and I dressed for the occasion in our very best holiday attire.


Jorge arranged the entire evening. At 7:30, our first course arrived. Probably one of the best salads I've had. Some type of spring mix, in a balsamic vinaigrette with pear, strawberries, almonds, cranberries, and goat cheese rolled in sesame, served in a baked parmesan bowl. This alone could have been my dinner. But then the next course came, lobster and filet mignon with vegetables and quality double stuffed potato. I think there was a pound of bacon around my steak

Dave missed out on the lobster but enjoyed his meal nonetheless

For dessert of course chocolate fondue. La Marina's version of it, a lava cake with vanilla ice cream. Can you say yum? Well I did and so did my food baby. I'd been so happy earlier in the days I sat poolside in my bikini! (thanks to IP- which I'll get myself acquainted with on return.)

We enjoyed a lovely carmenere with our dinner, Casillero del Diablo. It was perfect!

The entire evening was perfect!

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American thanksgiving in Mazatlan

No pavo for me tonight

22 °C

Although it is on the menu, it wasn't on my plate! Instead I feasted on pumpkin flower soup, gorgonzolla steak and corn pie and Trio (merlot, carmenere and cabernet sauvignon). I must say this is the best meal I've had so far. We danced and sang along to our favourite Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Everly Brothers! We also enjoyed the best sipping tequila I've ever had. Our Rigo explained it was horseshoe Resparado. Perhaps if I'd had less vino tinto,I would have understood more about my tequila lesson.

Our Jorge arranged the dinner for us. Truthfully, it far exceeded my expectations! I love these occasions to get dressed up on holidays. It is so easy here! Sandals, beach dress, and wash and go hair! No nylons and thank goodness no spanx! That's what I'm thankful for!

On a more serious note we went around the table and said what we were all grateful for and I realized how very lucky we all are! We have it all and are truly blessed.

On an even more serious note, I've learned not to blog after tequila!

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Sunset in paradise.

Yesterday was a perfect day all around. First off tennis
Then chatting with my K
Then hanging out with a few of my favourites.


What better way to end the day than with a glorious setting sun


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