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Living, working, and playing in Mazatlan, Mexico

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Classics: Living in Mazatlan and Stocking Up for the Apocalypse

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Here is another one Chuck wrote in 2007. I love his writing and I really wish he would post more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Living in mainstream society in the US, it is not hard to decide how much of anything to buy at once. Everything comes prepackaged or in set amounts. If you like something typically you buy more of it at once because you get a bulk discount. Even produce is priced in groups. 5 limes for $1.00; 2 pounds for $1.89. Living in Mexico that all goes out the window. You don't get bulk discounts here. Everything isn't nicely grouped or prepackaged for you either. You have to decide how much you want - all by yourself - with no help.

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Classics: Learning Money - I Feel Like I'm Back in Elementary School Again

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This one comes from Chuck back in 2007.

Mexican

One of the things you have to deal with in moving to Mexico is money. On the surface this is not too difficult. Mexico uses Pesos; the US uses Dollars. A fraction of a peso is a centavo. One hundred centavos make a peso. That's pretty simple. It gets even easier. The current exchange rate very roughly works out to 10 pesos make a dollar. Right now it is probably somewhere between 11 and 12 pesos to a dollar, but 10 is very easy and I'm not hurting myself. About now you are thinking about skipping to the next post. I would be. I mean this is easy stuff why bother writing about this anyway? I'm going to ask that you keep reading, but at the same time, I'm going to tell you it gets even easier.

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A Bit of Randomness

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The good news is that I am finishing up a large project, so I will hopefully have time to share some real posts with you soon, but for now I still haven't found time to sit and write a coherent entry with a beginning, middle and end. Rather than give you a classic today, I have assembled a few odds and ends and random thoughts.

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Classics: Adventures on Stone Island

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Summer is traditionally the time where things slow down for us, but that just hasn't been the case this year. In fact, I am finding it to be quite the opposite. I am actually quite ecstatic about it, but it the influx of new business has left me with little time to do things worth writing about, let alone write for pleasure. Rather than leaving the blog stagnant, I thought I would try reposting some of stories that people talk about most when they meet me. Even those of you who have read everything from the beginning might find these worthy of another read. This post dates back to just a few weeks after we moved here in 2007:

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Dog Gone Mexican

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Newcomers to Mazatlan often bemoan the lack of "authentic" Mexican food in Mazatlan. And I can understand it. When most people think of Mexican food, they envision tamales, enchiladas, beautiful moles, and slow-roasted barbacoa. And while all of that food is authentically Mexican, it does not encompass all Mexican food. We live on the coast here. There isn't a lot of grazing room for cows and sheep and goats. We have delicious fish and shrimp. And the most Mexican food of all – hot dogs.

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