Friday, April 13, 2012

We love Mazatlan (picture time)

We arrived in Mazatlan’s old harbor on March 6, 2012 and it was great to be back.  For the first time since our arrival in Mexico, we were returning to a city.  Getting settled in was easy because we already knew were to find the market, laundry, bank, and port captain.  Knowing the lay of the land gave us more time to focus on other activities.  Good thing because we had much to do.

Immediately after arriving, we went to work on upgrading the six-month tourist cards we received when we first checked in to Mexico.  It was hard to believe that they would soon be expiring.  We spent a couple of days at the immigration office applying for our temporary resident visas (FM3s).  Once the application process was completed, we had eighteen days to wait for the cards to be issued.  This gave us plenty of time to explore the city, and these are some of the favorite pictures from our days in Mazatlan.   

One of Old Town's beautifully restored buildings
Another not yet restored
Machado Square
Commissioned artwork
Non-commissioned artwork

Floats from the recent Carnival parade
Bus drivers customize their buses in Mexico
Fish stall at the Mercado in Old Town

Hiking to the lighthouse
A friend along the way
Final destination of the hike

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