In October I met up with vet school friends Jeanie, Kristi and Heather in Mazatlan for a week of long-overdue catching up. We stayed in a time-share resort but escaped its confines for fun in Mazatlan's center, primarily walking, talking, tequila-shotting, shopping, iguana-watching, music-sharing, beach-combing and exploring. The trip coincided with Mexico's Dia de los Muertes (Day of the Dead), so naturally we made toasts to the deceased.
Mexico was as warm and friendly as ever. We met some gracious locals, one of whom, "Jesse James," invited us to his home and directed us to his favorite beach-side restaurant (Lety's) for a day trip to Stone Island. On the Day of the Dead we followed a parade to an altar made in memory of Frida Kahlo, and then visited the city's museum of art to view a special exhibit for the occasion. The night before, Halloween, we had drinks in the old town plaza and watched trick-or-treaters in search of sweets.
The highlight of the trip? Late nights of chatting, sharing, debating and gossipping (often sprinkled with a little Pictionary). It's so good to see friends.....!