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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mrshultz on

Aye yih yih yih
Good to hear that you're on your way and meeting other travelers. I've read about Sayulito beach and some surf/yoga places there. You captured some of the local culture on the beach - perros. I'll try to post in espanol next time. Vamos a ver. Para ahorita - Salud, Margaret

chambest on

Message from your father
I was surprised to see in one of the pictures that Shawn is already working on the local cobblestone roads. Way to get involved!!!! On a serious note - good luck on your adventures and we will follow your trip from this site.

lupe.458 on

Me da mucho gusto ver que estas en Mexico! Way to go! Keep in touch and let me know when you are going to be in Oaxaca! Chris, Ruth Ann, Ron, Ish and Aaron will be done there for Dia de los Muertos...I'm so excited for them. It will be an awesome experience for all. I will keep track of your travels...travel safe!

gmaldonado on

How exciting!
I'm glad you are really liking it. I can't wait to hear from you once you're in Michoacan. I'd like to know what you think about it, by the way, enjoy the hot weather, ours is getting ugly. Take care, love Gabby.

jrose46 on

Let the Adventure Begin
Excited to see your first photos--looks like our kind of place. Weather looks inviting as it is cool and overcast here in the Northwest.

Just returned from Yakima. Grandparents Rose say Hello. We will update them on your travels.


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