Our arrival to Mexico

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Jan 15, 2008

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

We arrived in Puerto Vallarta on October 8th around 1:30pm after an early start (4am) to the beginning of our trip.  We had a close call and almost missed our flight from Phoenix to PV.  When we arrived to PV we were told by the flight crew that it was 88 degrees in PV.  As soon as we departed the plane we were immediately struck by the heat and humidity.  It felt like it was over 100 degrees out rather than 88 degrees.

We immediately jumped on a bus and headed north about an hour to a town right on the coast called Sayulita.  It is a quaint, beautiful place.  This was my first experience on the city bus and it was not too bad.  It was quite crowded and made frequent stops, but otherwise it was fine.  

Over the course of the stay in Sayulita I have been ordering my own food (yes!), asking others if I can take their picture, and asking locals what time the bus leaves all in Spanish.  It has been a challenge to just go for it (speaking the language).  I am such a perfectionist and I am a little hesitant to make mistakes, but the locals have been very helpful and I think appreciative of my efforts.

I found out from a local man that there are two schools here, just like in Brewster.  One elementary and one mid/high school.  They are very small schools.  Sayulita is a very small community.  Students get out of school around 1 or 2 (at the very latest).  All of the students have uniforms, which is what the students down in the state of Oaxaca all wore.  In the late afternoons there are children out selling items to help their families out.

There was a local man walking around yesterday and we started talking about the schools around here and he said that over the last few years the schools have been having to turn students away due to over-enrollment.  There are more and more people getting out of the city and moving to the smaller towns (sounds quite familiar with our areas--Seattle folk moving to the east side of the state).  Some areas are trying to get funds to build Montessori's so there is another option for a child's education.

This man is a musician and is trying to integrate music into education.  He just helped out his child's school by creating a musical play where the students would be using homemade instruments (made from bamboo trees and other various trees around the area) to create music.  A very inspiring man.

Well this is all for now! 
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