Mazatlan Trip, Part 7

Yesterday, Thursday, we arranged for another timeshare presentation for today, strolled around the area where Valentino’s is, and spent a big part of the evening in the Historic District, just visiting and relaxing.

Our television, which has several of channels that are in English, says a Hurricane is supposed to hit Mazatlan at 5 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday morning.

We have a magnificent panoramic view of the ocean on three sides from our room, so this should be interesting, to say the least.

What with all the rain we’ve already experienced this week, we’re just a bit concerned as to what this particular hurricane experience will bring. It will not be our first by any means, and usually they are more huff and puff than real action – yet, one really never knows. And a hurricane is not something you ignore.PBEB front room view

The weather was extreme last night.

The lightning came so fast and furiously that there were no pauses in between the booms. I have never heard so much thunder, nor seen such extreme lightning! It is extremely hot and humid today and the winds are blowing hard. We have had rain every night but one since we’ve been here.

So, we’re up early this Friday morning and off to our timeshare presentation.

This was undoubtedly one of the worst presentations we have ever experienced. The girl who was the first presenter was extremely nice. The breakfast was just okay and I did get some information from her, such as she told us she goes to the states to a Target store to get a lot of her things because she thinks it’s cheaper than shopping in Mazatlan. That surprised me… maybe she also goes to visit her parents. As I said, the girl was extremely courteous with us and breakfast was okay.

But then salesman number two came along. Excuse my language but he was really a jerk! As far as I’m concerned, nastiness never accomplishes anything good, and this guy was nastiness personified! We finally received our $200 and left, determined to tell anyone who asked us the truth – to be prepared if they planned to go to that presentation.

We had been running so fast,

trying to get everything done that I have on my list to do, plus trying to take some personal time to enjoy ourselves at the same time, that we’re starting to get really tired. So after the presentation (maybe the stress of the pressured sales talk helped with our worn-out feeling) we went back to our room, had some yogurt and took a long nap.

Today we had planned to visit with friends and Expats, Bob and Lee. After we were revived from our nap, we went down to the lobby to wait for our friends to pick us up. Any visitors to Pueblo Bonita have to be approved by guests, so Dick and I went to the desk and left permission for Bob and Lee to enter the premises. While we were waiting in the lobby, we again visited with Renata and B.J.

Lee finally walked in the door.

It was so good to see her!  We met Bob and Lee on our very first exploration trip for our retirement area. They seldom go back to the States, and have a lovely home here – not in the American section. They have really carved out wonderful lives for themselves here in their little heaven.

We quickly went out of the lobby into the hot, humid air and jumped into their van. After quickly catching up, I ask Lee what her thoughts were on the prices in Mazatlan today. Her opinion is that Wal-Mart prices are about the same as Wal-Mart prices in the states. They are on a strict budget… she hasn’t seen her daughter and grandkids in the States for years. But they love Mexico!

So, chatting away like magpies, we were driven through town toward the historic district to a sports-American Group at Canucks - good colorbar type restaurant on the Malecon.

We walked in and were greeted by several other Expats sitting at a long, long table. Dick ordered a beer and I ordered a diet Coca-Cola. There is popcorn and chips and salsa on the table, and in a few moments chips with beans and cheese and more salsa appear… delicious. Peggy and Jack walk in… our new friends from last night. We have a wonderful time chatting with everyone and after an hour or so we leave with Bob and Lee, and are taken back to PBEB… it has been a good day.

The Hurricane is supposed to hit Mazatlan by 5 a.m. Saturday morning… tomorrow.

We have had more rain today off and on, and there are quite a few puddles on the road especially in dips. Dick and I decided not to bother driving anyplace tonight, so we just had a relaxing dinner at the lovely restaurant at PBEB. Dick ordered chicken, I ordered fish. I’ve got to say it was the first time I didn’t really enjoy a fish dish in Mazatlan. I did tell our waiter my opinion of the dish, and since I was still a bit hungry, I decided I would order the flan for dessert. Because of my complaint, my dessert was on the house. Our bill totaled $34.50. On the way back to the room, we stopped at the little store at the resort and picked up a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. By nine o’clock we were sitting in our room watching CNN and Fox – in English.

Part 8 of this Mazatlan Trip will be published soon – I’ll send you an email.

 

Email from an Expat:

“I am retired and we are in our mid 70s.
“Tell people that buying a place is not always the answer. WE sold our home in the mountains and moved back to the flatlands, but buying a place is not in our future. We have made friends in our many trips to Mexico and rent from one when we go. I would move but my wife says no so here we are. We just returned last Sunday from a 1&1/2 month stay for dental work. I considered it a free trip as the quote up here was $5,000.00 and we spent $4,000.00 including round trip airfare. Tell people that enough people there speak some English and if they try the locals will bend over backward to help. I will think of other things but right now it is time for breakfast, Larry”

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4 Responses to Mazatlan Trip, Part 7

  1. Mike McNabb

    August 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hi Barbi,
    My wife and I separated a few months ago and after having worried about living alone, I’ve discovered I haven’t been this happy in my life. Now Costa Rica is back in my bucket list since I enjoy my new freedom.
    Mike

  2. CLARENCE WEBB

    August 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    HI BARBIE, HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU AND DICK. NEEDLESS TO SAY I’VE BEE AN ARDENT READER OF YOUR BLOGS. THEY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN HELPFUL IN MANY WAYS THAN ONE. I DO HAVE A SUGGESTION TO MAKE. MANY OF US ” OLD PEOPLE ” ARE IN A SITUATION WHEREBY IT DOESN’T PAY TO BUY A HOME I MEXICO MAINLY BECAUSE OF OUR AGE. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD LEND SOME ADVICE ON RENTING VS BUYING. SOME FIRS T HAND INFO WOULD BE HELPFUL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. CLARENCE.

  3. Barbie

    Barbie

    August 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I’ll sure try to get some of that info out in an article soon. Thanks for the suggestion. Barbie

  4. Barbie

    Barbie

    August 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Will get busy working on that subject. Barbie

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