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Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Casa Duende Vista Sayulita
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Sunday, October 23, 2011

After two nights in a hotel we found the perfect place to rent for a month. A chilling space at Casa Duende Vistas - a cheerful, all-in-one bungalow with huge windows set on a hill overlooking the town with near-panoramic views of the ocean. It's easy to lose track of time staring across the Pacific or watching flocks of birds doing their rounds. A 5 minute stroll across 3 roads gets us to the beach. From here we can see a little strip of the beach so we can check whether there are many waves each day without leaving the room.

Tourists start trickling in from November, with Christmas being the season for the masses. That's why we managed to negotiate a good rental deal. It works out to 250 pounds for the month! We were surprised by what a big deal it was for us. Committing to stay in one place for that long! What if we get bored or no longer like it here?

The owner is also called Mario, a charismatic and chatty American-Mexican. At first I thought that "duende" meant "ocean" given that's what we have views of. That made perfect sense at the time! Weeks later we discovered that it's Mario's nickname. It's the Mexican equivalent of a leprechaun. What other Spanish words have been erroneously translated???

Here we have an array of surrogate pets, most in your face are the 4 chihuahuas. Did I hear someone say how stereotypical?! Apparently one of them is the love child of the star of Beverley Hills Chihuahua. A scene from the movie was shot here. The little dog rats (as Mr Lee calls them) are so temperamental. We never know if they're just gonna run alongside us as we climb up or down the stairs, or if they're gonna growl, bark and attempt to take a chunk out of our ankles. Keeps it interesting!

There's also a multitude of geckos and centipedes, the occasional over-sized beetle, some mozzies (some Dengue fever ones!), and the elusive iguanas. One night we even had a scorpion in our bed! I was asleep, Mario was up and saw it walking across the bed away from me! He quickly flicked it off and I woke when he whacked it on the floor. Weird thing is that it was on the spot where I normally sleep and ONLY that night I decided to sleep on the other side. That freaked us out big time! I guess we are on their turf, living at the edge of a jungle.
For the first week or so we just slept and slept. In fact, we slept more than we were awake. It was proper deep sleep too! Sometimes we'd wake up around 10am, have breakfast, procrastinate online, mill around for a bit then have a nap after lunch. Other times we'd just sleep straight until 2pm, not even bothering with food or the beach until we were fully rested. We have years of overtime to catch up on!

We seldom party all night but some people do. We know because we can hear, loud and clear! Our apartment is one road from the main plaza where most of the bars and restaurants are. We can only go to sleep when everyone else does. It's usually around 2am that the music stops. That's the routine we've needed to adjust to, for the sake of our sanity!

We've made some friends since we've been in town. Many have been holidaymakers which means goodbye came way too soon. Corinne and Sam from Switzerland. Chelsea and Alana from Penticton, Canada. Gosia and Henry from Chicago. Thanks for the laughs, guys!

There are also many in town who come for up 6 months each year, splitting their time between two countries and avoiding the harsh winter back home. We were first welcomed to the beach by Armondo, Lisa and their son, Jacob, from California/Mexico. We regularly hang out with Anne from Minnesota and Leo and Suzanne from Canada. It's gonna be sad when it's time to say goodbye!

Somewhere in between we fit in Spanish lessons. We've opted to use our audio resources - cos we're cheap and cos our real problem is just being disciplined enough to work through it. Our Spanish is coming along nicely but sometimes we struggle to muster the energy and discipline required. 

¡Mañana Mañana!
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Anne Krohn on

Mario and Dee love the blog, have not read it all, but working on it. Loved the shrimp meal that you cooked, I still have not finished the dishes, but I did sleep through the whole night, first time.

thelees on

we were wondering about you! see you in the plaza?!

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