mazatlan 的封存

去墨西哥碌地 (2)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 1 七月, 2008 by ceciwong

*Warning: this post is currently picture free because of technical difficulties.  Please use your imagination*

After taking a thrilling and speedy taxi ride on Mazatlan’s highways we arrived at Torres Mazatlan, where giant marshmallow mutants hide and wait to jump and take a bite of the faces of unsuspecting tourists. Not really, but the nice people who work there shared some giant marshmallows the size of my fist with us. Our pictures could not do it justice.

On the outside, Torres Mazatlan looked similar to hotels in Honolulu built in the 60’s.  On the inside, it still looked like that, but nicely renovated. Our traveling party had a gigantic 2br/2ba apartment, much thanks to our friends who let us tag along. The hall bathroom could easily accomodate two mahjong tables, and the bedroom held a king sized bed with ample room to move around. The kitchen and living/dining room were on the other side of the apartment with a balcony overlooking the courtyard pool and the ocean.

For the first 5 days (?) of our trip, the weather was as lousy as the apartment was wonderful. The sky was thick with clouds, winds were blowing in from the north, day time temperatures were around 65F. We were expecting warmth and sunshine but couldn’t get away from the bay area weather. The locals we talked to said the weather was very unusual too. However, with all that wind, the waves were awesome. I sat through the first morning’s time share sales pitch just staring and listening to the waves.

去墨西哥碌地 (1)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 25 六月, 2008 by ceciwong

Ages and ages ago, in December of 2007, we went to Mazatlan, Mexico.  Mazato means deer and lan means land in Spanish, put them together you get Mazatlan, land of the deer, 鹿地. Or so our guides told us.

Our exciting journey started with a 3 hour flight aboard a brand new Alaska Airlines plane. It was Christmas and everyone was in a festive mood, including the flight attendants. You can tell the flight attendants were all going on vacations too when you realize that they have never filled out the entry forms to Mexico either.  Anyways, everyone was just walking around the aisle all the time, meanwhile, the flight attendants were making announcements every 15 minutes asking people to clear the aisle so they can give out a second round of refreshments.  We finally got that second round about 25 minutes before landing. Personally this was the calmest flight I’ve been on since I’ve been scared of flying.  Watching all the people bustling about distracted me from dwelling on the gazillions of painful and frightening ways to die.  Not encountering much turbulence also helped.

On the way to the hotel we saw crazy taxi drivers (ours), taxis without seat belts (also ours), and a highway oddly reminiscent of the highways in Guangdong. Maybe it’s the half-built and abandoned buildings in farms along the road.