Lulled to Sleep in Mazatlán, Mexico
After Mickey D’s, I spend a few hours moseying along neighborhood streets, taking in the sights and sounds of daily life in Mazatlán. I wanted to visit the local cathedral located in the old town, so I head back to the hotel for a rest. Along the malecón are beautiful sculptures, so I pause to admire them and read the inscriptions. My favorite is ‘The Fisherman and His Naked Woman.’ He’s washing his nets while his woman sunbathes nude. Sexy and organic. My feet begin to ache something awful, so I hail a cab to drop me off at the hotel where I will take a brief rest before heading to the cathedral.
Half an hour later, I am off after getting directions and assurances of safety from the hotel clerk. It’s dusk and I want to be sure it’s safe for a woman to walk alone. The cathedral was easy to locate after confirming my directions with an older gentleman along the way. It sits across from a local park on the main square. Some type of festival is going on so there are tons of people, food vendors, and musicians milling about. Lucky me to have stumbled upon this tonight! I take a peek inside the cathedral, which has a service going on. An interesting fact about the cathedral is a local Jewish family made a sizable donation to its construction, so in appreciation a Star of David is painted on the upper windows. After a yummy dinner of fried fish, rice, beans, and salsas at a local restaurant (Yum!), I walk back to the hotel.
I’ve done quite a bit of walking today, so I am exhausted and ready for bed. My window opens to the Pacific Ocean and at first the traffic drowns out the sound of the surf. As it gets later, traffic slows & the ocean grows louder. I lie awake listening, thinking it'll be another night of insomnia. I think about how I've always loved the sound of waves & how blessed I am to be in earshot of such greatness. I think about how cool the breeze is. I think about how much my pillow feels like a soft, fluffy marshmallow and...8 hours later I am suddenly awake, wondering how and when I fell asleep. I listen & the sounds of the surf tell me.
View from hotel room
Fisherman & Woman