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An Interview: Simon Says Mazatlán is My City

by Craig Zabransky on September 17, 2012

I met Simon on my last trip to Mazatlán. During a sponsored dinner he joined us to discuss his project MazatlanMyCity. Although I can’t vouch for the calamari that evening, I certianly can vouch for the cervezas and conversation. And after learning about his ambitious project, I asked if he’d mind answering a few questions for us on AllAboutMazatlan.com He agreed, so here goes:

1)  Simon, when we talked I couldn’t help but notice your English accent. What brought you to Mexco and specifically to Mazatlán?

Originally I came here for a much needed winter break and I chose Mazatlán because at the time I was working out of our head office in New York (still also living and working in London) when a friend recommended it to me

2)  A great recommendation, how long have you been in Mazatlán and how long do you plan to stay? 

I have been in Mazatlán for almost 8 years and as of this moment I don’t have any plans to live elsewhere

3)  Ok, but many people don’t know Mazatlán as a destination, why should tourists and ex-pats consider the destination as a place take holiday or even relocate? 

the beach. photo: Craig Zabransky

Mazatlán is a working city that has real culture, great entertainment and restaurants and fantastic beaches. But to me it’s all about the people and you would be hard pushed to find a more friendly and welcoming local community than that of the “Mazatleco’s”

4) I always love a good beach, but I understand what you say about the Mazatlecos, you can see it in their faces. So you are hooked, but why did you start the site MazatlanMyCity.com? What do you hope it accomplishes? 

I started it because I believed that, in particular, the North American media were ”misinformed” about life in Mazatlán. As an expat living in  Mazatlán – that eventually began to frustrate me – and I conceived MazatlanMyCity as a way of combating that  error.  I hope it becomes a valuable social media tool for the international community and, as part of an overall mix, help provide a greater reality to the way people consider Mazatlán as a tourist destination or as a place to retire

Simon.

 5)  The site, MazatlanMyCity offers access to many videos? If I am thinking about spending one week holiday there this winter, what series should I make sure I catch? 

Tricky question – probably “Lifestyle Legends” but “Spirit of Mazatlan” would be tough to ignore

 6)  Ok, great. I’ll catch them. I also realize the site just started, but how do you see the site one year from now?

A year from  now I want MazatlanMyCity.com to be a “must go to” site to capture the wonderful aspects of life in Mazatlán.

 7)   Well, that site and AllAboutMazatlan.com too of course. Ok, final question, if you could make everyone learn one thing Mazatlán, what would that be?

Manaña is more than a word it’s a way of life!

Well said. Thanks again for your time.

 I’d like to thank the Mazatlan Hotel Association and the PR firm for the dinner, drinks and  my introduction. Also, the photos are from Mazatlan My City and also Stay Adventurous Travel Photography

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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  • http://www.traveledits.com Fiona

    I travelled around Mexico extensively in 2010 and remember meeting lovely people from Mazatlan in Mexico City – never got to go there unfortunately – maybe some day!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

      Fiona, it is definitely worth the visit… in Mexico I often say it is about the people, and Mazatlan is a great example.
      stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.travelrinserepeat.com John

    I’ll be on the opposite side of the Sea of Cortez from Mazatlan in a couple weeks. Wish I had more time to cross it and check the city out!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

      John, definitely put Mazatlan on your travel plans… it is a unique spot in Mexico.
      stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.jettingaround.com Pola (@jettingaround)

    I have spoken with Craig before about Mazatlan, and this interview further peaks my interest in the city. I admire Simon’s can-do attitude in changing the perception of the city. Much luck and I hope to visit sooner rather than later!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

      Pola, as someone who loves City Travel, you will not be disappointed with Mazatlan. It is the 2nd biggest coastal city in Mexico, and much more than a tourist destination… which is one reason I love it there.
      stay adventurous, Craig

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