Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We have visited Mazatlan, Mexico many times over the years. This time we
were coming from
Culiacan, after a fun trip on the
There were several bus lines from which
to choose, but we picked AUS, a new one in our experience.
We were not
Our bus tickets - Culiacan to Mazatlan
It is about 2.5 hours from
Culiacan to Mazatlan, and the bus
was comfortable. Since we are seniors (GASP!) we got a senior discount on
our tickets. This price of 105 Pesos translates today to about $5.50USD.
The city's name written out in
As I have mentioned in previous stories,
all over Mexico,
today's fashion is to have the name of the city spelled out in big, bright,
colorful letters while depicting history or notable things about the town on
the letters themselves.
Here you see the large "Mazatlan" letters
standing proudly on the malecon
of this favored beach vacation spot.
You will find similar style letters in
Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara airport,
Fuerte and even the old, old town of
Panoramic view of the ocean, Olas
Altas area of Mazatlan
Again, this is from the rooftop of
Hotel, a vintage location in the area of Olas Altas area of Mazatlan.
We generally prefer the
older, historic sections of towns rather than the super-duper touristy Gold
Coast styles of tourist developments. Prices tend to be a bit more
reasonable, and you can get a flavor of history and the renovated
buildings give you a sense of how things looked during the "Old Days."
The ocean is marvelous, isn't it?
Inside our hotel, a poster of Mazatlan
Check. Out. This. Poster.
Here you have a group of sport fishermen
with the sailfish they caught lined up behind them. One of the guys has a UC
Davis tee shirt on!
The ladies, in the
meanwhile, have every stitch of clothing on - including their high heels
and one is wearing a tiara - sitting on lounge chairs on the sidewalk in
front of Hotel La Siesta. Not surprisingly, a very common sight here in
Mexico, one woman is doing some knitting
the bright red coupe with fins and white wall tires parked behind them.
A section of Olas Altas on the malecon
After settling in to our hotel, we went
out walking around the area. Just had to see the ocean close up, and the
Mazatlan showcases the beach and sea so well.
Notice how BLUE the sky is!
On our trip to Mazatlan, we enjoyed great
Menu at a simple corner restaurant
Walking around, we found a small
restaurant with outdoor seating so we could watch the sun set while having
some light dinner.
We ordered the Marlin Pate, and the price
listed here at 90 Pesos translates today to under $5USD.
Billy and Akaisha at sunset, sharing a
Our view of the sea was terrific. We were
only a stone's throw from the waves and of course, we could both see and
What a way to share a meal.
We love our lifestyle!
I wonder what they are discussing?
Billy caught these three men in
silhouette having a chat.
While I am always curious when I see
photos like this -- What are they talking about? I wonder to
But I can effectively guarantee what they
are not discussing.
They aren't asking each other which color
of tile to put in the bathroom, nor are they exchanging recipes. I can
pretty much assure you they are not chatting about the plot of the latest
novella drama on TV!
Chances are they are sharing viewpoints
about business, politics, house repairs, or problems with a boat they own.
What do you think?
Sunset, Mazatlan, Mexico
Here we are, enjoying the
sunset in a little piece of
Does this ever get old?
Looking at this photo, my memory allows
me to hear the waves even now as I sit here in my palatial digs.
Panoramic Sunset view
By this time we had moseyed down the
malecon and were sitting on another restaurant terrace watching the
These ball lights gave off a soft glow,
not competing with nature. Twinkling lights in both directions show you how
far this malecon goes.
On the right in the photo is the
still-developing tourist section of Mazatlan.
Make it a point to come visit here
someday. It's both affordable and gorgeous!
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