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by Anthony Cossette, Saturday, December 01, 2018, 00:40 (16 days ago)

I also was a gringo denizen of Zihuat, having lived there the winter of '74-'75 and '75-'76. I lived in a palapa at Mahajua and later in the home of Ascension Mercado. I have been thinking of returning for a visit but I don't know how to contact any of the families I knew there as surely all the old timers are gone. It is difficult to get a sense of what it is like there now except for it being a typical tourist town so I would appreciate if you would help me with what it is like there and the possibility of finding the people and places I once knew. I have a photo album which may help but knowing that nostalgia isn't what it used to be, this urge may be without deeper merit. Thanks for whatever advice you may have. Tony

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by Lalo @, Saturday, December 01, 2018, 12:51 (15 days ago) @ Anthony Cossette
edited by Lalo, Saturday, December 01, 2018, 13:07

I too spent many winters in Zihuatanejo ( and yes, the old timers used to call it Zihuat ) from 1972 until 1982. I still go back often and continue to love it. I too knew Ascension and where his house was on the path to Playa Mahajua. Simon and Yoli used to have a little palapa above the beach and made simple meals and sold refrescos. We occasionally slept out there under their palapa which saved them from having to transport all of their supplies home each night on their burro. The beach there was developed and then abandoned probably in the 90's. It is no longer a destination for tourists but there is a road that goes by it on the panorama road to Ixtapa. The population back then was around 2500, today it is over 70,000 so it's safe to say you won't recognize the town. It still has a certain magical quality which seems to lure many old times back time and time again.

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by Anthony Cossette, Tuesday, December 04, 2018, 02:53 (13 days ago) @ Lalo

Thanks,Lalo, for the update and warm reference to Simone y Yoli. Now that woman had a laugh! What brain cells I have left seem to preserve memories of that time and place; I guess I may be moving into the reminiscing stage and the most poignant ones come to me at a time when poignancy is in short supply. Of course this is only in comparison.
Still, I recall one hot lurid afternoon on a dusty main street when a besieged bitch in heat ran panting by, hounded by a throbbing throng of miscreant mutts of every possible genetic miss-match you can imagine. A metaphor for something, I suppose, and not a politically correct segue to the #MeToo movement of today.
So now Z is 70,000.... I may never return and be pleased with the decision not to do so. I reference the cliches and do not want them applied to me;something about a William Blake poem and a sunrise.
Did I ever tell you the one about.......blah blah blah.
Tonight I may have a cigarette and dance amidst the Nativity scene in the park, hounded by hooded hooligans for inappropriate behavior. Oh well, I make what I can with what I've got.
Take care, Tony

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by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Thursday, December 06, 2018, 21:19 (10 days ago) @ Anthony Cossette

I wish Zihua was still 70 000 but it has not been that since the 90's...These days it is almost double that...but still have a charm hard to find these days...

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by connie, Thursday, December 06, 2018, 22:02 (10 days ago) @ Anthony Cossette

Beautifully written. Do you write professionally? If so, what and where might I find it?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, December 01, 2018, 18:41 (15 days ago) @ Anthony Cossette

I also was a gringo denizen of Zihuat, having lived there the winter of '74-'75 and '75-'76. I lived in a palapa at Mahajua and later in the home of Ascension Mercado. I have been thinking of returning for a visit but I don't know how to contact any of the families I knew there as surely all the old timers are gone. It is difficult to get a sense of what it is like there now except for it being a typical tourist town so I would appreciate if you would help me with what it is like there and the possibility of finding the people and places I once knew. I have a photo album which may help but knowing that nostalgia isn't what it used to be, this urge may be without deeper merit. Thanks for whatever advice you may have. Tony

Hola y bienvenido, Tony. Gracias por tu comentario.

In my experience you will likely have little difficulty finding the families of the people you were friends with. If you ask around in the tienditas of the neighborhoods where they lived you will likely quickly either find them or folks who know them. The waterfront and the zócalo are also good places to ask around about old acquaintances. For those of us who are part of the old families, Zihuatanejo still seems like a small place where most of us know each other. Most of the newcomers occupy the hillsides, but the older families mostly still occupy the same lands they occupied 40 years ago.

Come on down and head on over to the Café Marina next to the zócalo and hang out a while and see if you spot anyone you remember. It's as good a starting place as any to begin reacquainting yourself with Zihuatanejo.

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Thursday, December 06, 2018, 01:40 (11 days ago) @ Anthony Cossette

Some years ago, I returned to Zihua after a 20+ year absence. I dug out the old photos of people I had met, got copies made and carried them with me where ever I went. When I met people who said they had lived there for years, I showed the pix and asked if they knew the people. In some cases, I knew where the people had been, so went back to see. For example, I went to La Perla with pix of Javier & Francisco. when I showed the pix around there, it brought a lot of laughter, as they had changed a bit over the 20+years!
I found a guy who had taken me out fishing back then, and showed him the photo of him, shirtless, hauling in a fish. He said 'OMG! Look my body!' We all laughed.
I also hit dead ends with some, and were told about others who had moved away, & where they had gone. I gave those I did find the copies of their photos.
Actually, I still bring back copies of people's photos for them. I think they appreciate it.
Do come back. It is still special, there is just more of Zihua to love!

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by Bonnie @, wherever you go, there you are..., Thursday, December 06, 2018, 17:08 (10 days ago) @ islandgirl

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