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North America » Mexico » Nayarit February 6th 2020

Week three and it starts in Los Barriles. So having made the decision to leave Puerto San Carlos as it was rundown and we found ourselves in Los Barriles, in the hotel of the same name. At $75 US dollars a day, without breakfast, our most expensive stay and not very good value. It was clean and the room was large but the washbasin was in the room and the fan in the bathroom would have woken the dead. Our first two mornings we had breakfast at Caleb's cafe and the next two at a Mexican place opposite for half the price. It really felt like we were kicking our heels, most of the routes south and inland needed a 4x4 or quad type vehicle and at $100 a day we didn't feel the need to ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Sayulita May 30th 2019

Today's episode is dedicated to the hard-working (if not annoying) comerciantes ambulantes, the ubiquitous walking sales people selling every sort of junk souvenir, tee shirt, bag, bracelet and anything else they can imagine to make a peso. If the picture does not contain a wandering merchant, then it is just a random beach pic that I thought you might enjoy.... read more
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North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Sayulita May 29th 2019

We have not published a blog for a while, mainly because we were....well, BORING. And you are not here to read or see boring stuff, so we saved that boring stuff for the people on FaceBook who mainly want to know if we are still alive. So finally, we are doing something a bit more exciting. We took a few days to enjoy ourselves in Sayulita. Sayulita is north of Puerto Vallarta and south of Playa Pancho and Playa Lo de Marcos. We took a nice little AirBnB that has an air conditioned bedroom, something we have not enjoyed since we got to Chapala, and boy did we sleep well last night. We spent some time on the beach and today we went to La Playa de Los Muertos, appropriately named since you literally have to ... read more
The Beach Starts Here
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Got your cell? Got yer wallet? Got yer TRASH?

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Rincon de Guayabitos January 9th 2019

A zoccolo is the main plaza or square in a town/city . The flight went well . I had gotten a cheap ticket on line @100 Canadian and had some anxiety when I realized the name on the ticket was not written the same as on my passport ... Benjamin at the hostel was so kind trying to sort it out by phone and later checking me in online. He was such a sweet heart ! My time in Mexico city was good . I am pleased that I was able to see new things and revisit some that I had missed the first time I was there . Morelia did not disappoint . It is very justifiably on the UNESCO heritage list . I am glad I got there this time . I think that ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Lo de Marcos March 6th 2018

We left the flat, fairly good roads of the Yucatan behind and commenced our journey towards Oaxaca (pronounced wahaca). We bumped along the road to Escarcega, turned east/right to follow the coastline of Bahia de Campeche, & took our last look at the turquoise blue sea, before heading back west across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This is the narrowest point of the country and was once the route considered for the building of the canal to link the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans. However Panama got the gig. Perhaps one reason for it not being chosen is that the Chivela mountain pass provides a gap for the wind to pass between the mountain ranges, so at times it is very, very gusty. I imagine some days the ships may have travelled though in record time. Now, instead ... read more
Journey to Oaxaca
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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
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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
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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




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