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The locals emerged en-masse just before dusk ( at my end of town ) to set up stalls along the seafront. Lots of food stalls, clowns, jugglers, kites, music and things to buy. It was crowded, believe me! ( and no, I don't have any pics of the crowds because it was getting dark ). It was fun and much merriment was being had by all. One particular spectacle which caught my eye was a 'high diving' stunt by a couple of lads. They climbed up a rickety set of steps to a tower ( I did this too before I realised I was being stupid and in the wrong place and quickly went down again! ) wherefrom they dived, about 80ft, into a very rocky inlet with waves coming in. Quite mad! I got a video recording of this which, due to my ineptitude, I don't seem able to transpose onto this blog. Take my word for it, they were most skilful and rather brave and maybe just a bit foolhardy. I don't think British Elf 'n Safety would approve, somehow.
Left. The bottom left bit of this pic was what they were diving into. Part of the skill was waiting for the right moment for the waves to come in otherwise, I suppose, he might have got a bit of a headache. And this was taken from only 2/3 the way up! It gave me butterflys just to watch.
Right: Mode of tourist transport known as a 'Pulmonia'. Sounds a bit like a serious disease to me! There were hundreds of them; the local equivalent of the Bangkok 'tuk-tuk'. They were rather expensive to use. I don't know if these are peculiar to Mazatlan. Maybe other places have them.
Right: They pay due respect to their beer! Mexican beer is actually rather good. In my humble opinion it is much better than the American stuff. Not as good as the Adnams in The Grapes though.
Left: And a fond farewell from the great Mario! I promised him that I would tell all my friends ( so not many people perhaps ) what a good place 'La Siesta' is. If anyone does happen to be passing through Mazatlan, please at least drop in and say hello to him. Thanks Mario. Hasta luego!
I'm writing this in Guadalajara. It's not so convenient now that my extremely expensive and robust lap-top has gone tits up. I hope to get it fixed in Mexico City. It will probably then be stolen.
Anyway, the next bit will be the 'low-down' on Guadalajara. ............stand-by.