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North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco October 18th 2017

Ok, the title is Italian and I'm supposed to be using Spanish, but it's one of my favorite songs. I guess this really isn't a travel blog at the moment, since I've been in the same spot for about three months. Someone smart once said that we're the average of the five people we spend the most time with. I find my personality changing based on who I surround myself with: my vernacular, my mannerisms, even my attitudes. Currently I almost never wear shoes or a shirt, and use an old cloth ribbon as a belt. My most recent dirty t-shirt is my broom to clean my domicile. A dirty shirt also acts as my fly swatter, a napkin and a pad to sit on. I changed my mind: true love is bullshit. I changed from ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco October 2nd 2017

Dance baby dance like the world is ending, dance baby dance cuz the world is ending! In case you haven't heard, the world is ending. There's natural disasters everywhere. People are getting rocked by volcanos, earthquakes and hurricanes. Donald Trump is dictator of the great USA. I guess we pissed off whatever god we forgot to believe in. I stood on the road and held signs and handed out flyers with my girl in Puerto Vallarta the other day. She comes from Mexico City and there have been over 300 reported dead there. Sometimes I have hot sauce or dog shit on my bare feet. I still keep my tent almost immaculate, I sleep better in a clean space. I have thorns embedded in my right foot, a swollen left foot from working the heavy bag ... read more
heavy bag fun
poor Ole Mae

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco September 19th 2017

I like fire. Fire is cool! (read that in Beavis's voice) I get to burn shit here, as I did in Malpasito, but only yard waste; we do have a trash service. The yard needs a lot of maintenance to achieve a state where it's presentable to customers. Plus a lot of spiders, ants and scorpions hang out in the weeds, and nobody wants that shit. We have space for roughly 100 campers and they deserve five star service. Sarong, pillow, mat, shade: these are the things that I need in the afternoon for a siesta. We can make fires with leaves and dried coconut shells and the smoke wards off the bugs. We have a varity of linguistic abilities in San Pancho. There are Mexicans who speak no Enlgish, some who are fluent, and everything ... read more
sun thru trees san pancho
san pancho town

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco September 2nd 2017

"There's a skeleton choking on a crust of bread." I met this hardass mofo, ex US Marine, somebody you wouldn't want to fuck with. We began chatting at the bar and I slowly ascertained that he's a high-ranking member of the drug cartel. His buddy just stood there with a radio, not drinking, not talking to anyone, occassionally making calls: presumably his bodyguard/assistant. Near closing time, he asked if I wanted to go back to his hotel and "party" more. Most people would've probably said no, due to his volatile and criminal nature; and the other people we were with did say no, but I decided to throw caution to the wind... again. Turns out he seems to be a really nice guy (I suppose when he's not busy murdering people) with an absolutely insane amount ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco August 28th 2017

When people say, "let me tell you something," I say, "You just did, I didn't have a choice." When people say, "will you let me ask you a question?" I say, "I just did, I didn't have a choice." Language is such a strange thing. If you're not bleeding, making romance, filthy, exhausted, laughing or crying, you're not living. This has become my mantra. Use this life for what it gives you, and use it hard. Learn to be ultra-spiritual :D Thanks to JP Sears for that advice. Another name drop! Where I'm staying now, with Chuck Norris in the campground outside the hostel, we have a simple life. When the tropical rains come, everything gets soaked and we dry it out whenever the sun reappears. The bathrooms and showers are semi-outside: walls on three sides ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco August 22nd 2017

There are black-skinned, almost completely hairless dogs that live here. Many of them have a thin white mohawk and were selectively bred by the Aztecs as holy creatures centuries ago. They're called Xoloitzcuintli. Yeah, try to pronounce that one. At first glance, they appear demonic or alien. But the ones I've met have the most lovely personalities, fiercely affectionate once they get to know you, and generally very timid and docile. I'm having a conversation with Chuck Norris. He calls me by my last name, "Copas," which means "cups" in Spanish. I like the way Mexican people find a way to give you a nickname no matter what, even if it's just your last name. What's the fun in using your ordinary, mundane, shitty, boring first name? Also, whenever I use my first name, I have ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco August 4th 2017

Mexico is built of very hard work, love and smiles. This is one thing I'm sure of. I've been here in San Pancho (short for San Francisco, which makes no sense to me) for a few weeks now. I do feel like this is the second place, after Malpasito, that has become a home for me in Mexico. By every definition of the word, this is fucking paradise. There is something in the air here. San Pancho has grown to represent a unique state of mind for me, a different latitude; it's like a Corona commercial. After sleeping in the car one night, I woke up to a flat tire; not very pleasant. I wasn't in a place that wasn't apparently close to a repair shop. But after sulking in the driver's seat for an hour ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco July 22nd 2017

I've officially taken a shit and done yoga whilst snorkeling. How many of you can say you did that?? I took a day trip up to Lo De Marcos, a town with no foreigners. The snorkeling was good, I have several fish which don't live in the Atlantic that I need to identify. Perhaps I can put a camera in my ear and take pictures of my memory and send them to Google. Often when it rains in this tropical climate, our roads turn into rivers. There's nothing like dancing in the rain and swimming in the street when there's really nothing else you can do. Why try to stay dry when this opulence presents itself? There aren't many artificial lights around here, and the darkness at the beach at night is stifling. I've climbed the ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco July 14th 2017

Neil here, reporting live (except for the time between I write this and the time I upload it, which will probably be weeks) on the rocks by the sea, slightly south of Sayulita in Playa Los Muertos. I chose a random dirt road to get here as I was leaving town. It went towards the ocean, so.. DUH.. I followed it. When I arrived at the ocean, near a palm frond hut thingy and a few other cars, the guy asked me for $20MX to park for 20 minutes or so. Then I walked out onto these very rocks upon which I sit to hang out briefly with a couple guys from up north who were on a bike trek. We smoked a little weed and talked about traveling and the beach. What else do you ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » San Francisco July 5th 2017

Well, free tequila on a plane: that's a thing. It completely makes up for having to run around the Mexico City airport for several hours trying to figure out where my backpack was. I wasn't allowed enough time between connecting flights, due to customs and such, and I had to ensure that my backpack would arrive with me in Puerto Vallarta. But here I am! Typing words into this magical machine, suspended above Mexico in the clouds by another magnificent machine. I'm so fucking excited to return. Yesterday, my last night in Ohio, filled me with such strange conflicting emotions. I was so eager to continue this adventure in a country I've rapidly grown to love so dearly. And simultaneously, I was so grateful that I was able to reconnect with my family and so many ... read more
san pancho town

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