11/07/2007

Mazatlan is Unique




One of the reasons that we chose Mazatlan as our home is because it has a historic colonial Centro - and is on the beach. Usually these two don't go together.

But there's another thing that makes Mazatlan interesting - it's varied people.

Germans settled in Mazatlán in the 1820's. Their presence is noticed in the music, food, and beverages. There is strudel in most bakeries and Pacifico beer is the most popular in town. Oompah music is heard everywhere.

The city also attracted Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Greek imigrants. For example, our insurance agent is Juan Chong. A couple of doctors from the yellow pages are Dr. Gerardo Orozco Kawashima and Dr. L. Wonjoy Figueroa Wong. We bought some furniture from people who said people are often surprised when they meet because their name is German but they are Mexican.

This diversity is something that makes Mazatlecos very tolerant of newcomers, I think. People also say it is what makes Mazatlán women so beautiful!

5 comments:

Rachel said...

That is very interesting...I never knew that about Mazatlan.

Gypsy Girl said...

Nice post. I often wonder why people settle in different areas of Meixco or anywhere else for that matter. Would love to hear some of your other reasons for choosing Mazatlan.

Tia Julia said...

I am thinking of moving to Mexico and blogs like yours give me insight into the process and reasons for choosing one area over another. Even so it is hard to choose one area over another.
There are so many interesting places in Mexico.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the comments!

It is hard to choose one place over another in Mexico...and for us, the decisionmaking process was a long one.

Click on the label "decisionmaking" for a couple of posts relating to the process for us.

Brenda said...

I think that most of the places on the water have a very diverse ethnicity because of the sea travel. Here in Guaymas there are french,german, chinese, etc. also. Sea travel definately promoted a diversity in populations and enriched the culture of the areas.