What Does a Mechanic, Vet, Hairdresser and a Dentist Have in Common?

Jan 30, 2012 by

4 services - mechanicThese are all services that we have had to find down here in Mazatlan!

It is easy to take things for granted back home when you have a reliable go-to person for all the basic needs – James and I have been going to the same people over and over, year after year and we didn’t think anything of it.

  • I have seen the same hairdresser for almost 30 years!
  • James has had the same mechanic for 10 years!
  • Same with our dentists, doctors and vet.
  • And many more.

Now that we have arrived in a new city, in a new country with a new cutlure… and we don’t yet speak the language… it was interesting how things came together.

Darlene's blissful pedicureReferrals are a powerful resource – it definitely all about who you know and who they know… and sometimes even a referral from who someone who knows someone who knows someone!

The ex-patriot community here is wonderful for looking after eachother. Everyone is willing to share about who they use (and sometimes who they do not use) for various services.

So, in the past 3 months – can you believe it’s been 3 months since we arrived in Mazatlan, and 4 months since we left Calgary???!! – we’ve found great people down here.

Dinora adding highlights to Shilo's hairWe needed an oil change and our signal light fixed. Our friends Debbie & John (who are also from Calgary) recommended someone who comes to your door, picks up your vehicle, does the work and brings it back! How effortless is that?! We now have weekly car wash services who come right to our doorstep too – for $5 CND, we get an exterior and interior cleaning done on the Durango (not a small car).

We found a fabulous vet for Taz – it is the vet clinic that Caesar Millan used to work at, and the staff there are angels. A referral from someone in our complex.

As I posted on Facebook, we found a wonderful dentist. Dr Jose charges the gringos the same price as the Mexicanos, which is nice to see. David, James and I all got dental work done here over the holidays. 3 dental exams, 2 cleanings and 14 fillings (2 for me, 2 for James and 10 for poor David) cost under $1000 CDN. And, here it is the dentist that does the exam and the cleanings. There are 3 dentists, 3 chairs, 3 assistants – not 1 dentist hopping back and forth between 3 or 4 or more patients at the same time!

James found a salon that does great men’s hair cuts for only $70 pesos. And I found Dinora through my dear friend Jeanette. Dinora cut my hair, added 3 different colored highlights and then styled it. With tip, it was less than $50 CDN.

Ladies, can we say “Heavenly!”  LOL

I am so grateful for the support we have received, for the referrals we have been given and for the awesome care down here.

It is a blessing to have the freedom to be here.

With Peace as our compass setting, miracles happen every day.

Huge hugs from the beach, Shilo & James 🙂