You will be fine in Mazatlán if:
You keep an open mind and are ready to try something new. Can you move
into a neighborhood and meet new people that may speak a different lan-
guage? Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone? Are you willing to
become "the minority?" If you answer, "Yes," to those questions, you should be
You can accept things as they are. Mexico has its way of doing things, just
as we do. Sometimes it may seem like their way is not as good as ours. Since I
am a snowbird, I'm able to compare the U.S. and Mazatlán all the time. You
know what? I've found that plumbers and electricians in Yelm, Washington are
just as slow as those in Mazatlán--but those south of the border are much less
You're not completely left-brained. Everything does not have to be precise.
I spent twenty years in the army and quite frankly, developed a love for regi-
mentation. Upon retirement, I took a job as a teacher on an Indian reservation.
I became quite frustrated with the lack of "precision," but it only took me seven
years to adapt to "Indian time."
You have a love of people. Yeah, I like the winter climate in Mazatlán, but I
love the people in the city. I have found the Mexican people very easy to get to
know. I live in a neighborhood where all the people on my block are Mexicans.
When I have had problems in my house, my neighbors have been more than
willing to help. All of the craftsmen and professionals that I have contracted
with have become my friends.
Even people from north of the border are more approachable in Mazatlán.
On the streets or in stores I find myself taking up conversations with people
whom I think I would be imposing on in the States. A couple years ago, I drove
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