Sunday, February 7, 2016

Going To The Movies - "The Circle Is Now Complete"

It is 1978 in small town Vermont and my dad takes a very unwilling 8 year old to go see some movie called "Star Wars".  It is not a cartoon, Pippi Longstocking or a Disney movie so the idea of going to this movie is less than a popular one with me.  That I remember clearly.  Well, after returning to see the movie at least two or three more times the rest is history as they say.  It became part of my growing up and now Star Wars is part of my kid's life experience as well.

Over the Christmas break I took the kids to go see the the reboot of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The kids have seen the previous 6 movies in the series so they knew the basic story line and many of the characters.  Like dad, they were eager to see something new as well.  As I sat in the theater in Mexico, far from where I was at age 8, I thought about the interesting significance of this moment.  It was my turn to take our kids to their first Star Wars movie who are now the same age as I was back in the 70s.  I realized things had now come full circle in a way and we will all eagerly await the next film in the series.  Ashley has not even seen one movie in the franchise so I fear the Force does not run deep in her part of the family.

Going to the theater here is very enjoyable.  The English language showings of films are few so they may be during off times and the seating is reserved at the time of your ticket purchase.  No reason to hurry or stress to get choice seats in the modern stadium seating available at the theater we can go to about a half hour away.  It has never been crowded and the damage for three people to go for a show like Star Wars....100 pesos.  Yep, about $5.50 USD for three tickets and popcorn.  Got to love that.  The kids have only been to a handful of movies so it is always a fun experience for them.

Darth Mexico

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dangerous Rip Tides In Sayulita

In light of the recent string of water saves made on the North End and the sad stories of a few who may not have known any better please review this image to be sure you know where and where not to swim if you are in Sayulita.  The ocean does not care who you are, how strong you are or give second chances.  Know before you go and know what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Vallarta Adventures - Consider Your Tour Company

There has been a lot of local discussion concerning the giant adventure tour company "Vallarta Adventures".  The company recently began offering on-off road adventures to many locations in our area and have been met with significant opposition from the communities of Sayulita and Higuera Blanca.  Wearing the signature bandanas across their faces the vehicle's occupants rumble caravan style down the quiet back roads, and into the small towns like Sayulita in the video below.  These vehicles, sometimes stacked up 10-12 front to back, ROAR into town kicking up dust(thus the bandanas), idling noisily as traffic crawls slowly forward and making any type of communication virtually impossible for anyone close by, shopping or trying to have a meal just a few feet away at any of the local cafes.  Twice a day these tours are scheduled and even when they go by our house, which sits a fair distance off the road, we know exactly who it is and can even count how many vehicles are in the tour by the noise only.  Where Sayulita loves tourists, the town does not necessarily love the fact that a Vallarta based tour company is cramming it's tours into town's already overcrowded streets and tranquil jungle back roads.  So, if you are on one of these tours and don't exactly get the warmest welcome in Sayulita or Higura Blanca now you know why.

Recently, Vallarta Adventures also constructed this dolphin pen off the beaches of Punta de Mita.  Again, far from "Vallarta".  This sight sent people into a frenzy knowing that trapped wildlife were to be put on display in an ocean cage for those who would pay for the experience.  The local residents and local fishing industry demanded that this thing be removed immediately and created such a fire storm that the cage was dismantled and moved.  Where it went and if it will be reconstructed elsewhere is unknown right now.

Discussions have begun with Vallarta Adventures in hopes that they will hear all issues when it comes their tours and attractions.  We just hope that they listen and hear what people are saying but many times it all comes down to who the biggest player is with the most money and everyone else can just deal with it.  If it comes to this then Vallarta Adventures should be prepared for communities that will not be so welcoming to their clients who are really just out for a great experience and have a good time.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Escuela del Mundo's 10th Anniversary Celebration

Escuela del Mundo in San Pancho is 10 years old this year and invites you to join the celebration on February 4th 7-10pm at Hacienda San Pancho. What began as a small group in the homes of it's founding members, the school is now almost 80 students strong and just completed a significant classroom expansion to help provide space for it's growing Taller III or "Secundaria" Program. Tickets are 300 pesos and all Escuela del Mundo parents have them. I am happy to deliver as many as you may need. Please join us!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A "Spanglish" Christmas Tale

Twas the night before Christmas and all through la casa
Not a creature was stirring, !Caramba! ?Que pasa?
Los ninos were all tucked away in their camas,
Some in vestidos, and some in pijamas,
While Mama worked late in her little cocina,
El Viejo was down at the corner cantina,
The stockings were hanging con mucho evidado,
In hopes that St. Nicholas would feel obligado,
To bring all the children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos,
Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito,
I ran to my window and looked out afuera,
And who in the world do you think that it era?
St. Nick in a sleigh and big red sombrero
Came dashing along like a crazy bombero!
And pulling his sleigh, instead of venados
Were eight little burros, approaching volando,
I watched as they came, and this quaint little hombre:
Was shouting and whistling and calling nombre:
"!Ay, Pancho!, ! Ay, Pepe!, !Ay, Cuca!, !Ay, Beto!!
Ay, Chato!, !Ay, Chopo! !Ay, Maruca y Nieto!
Then standing up tall with his hand on his pecho,
He flew to the top of our very own techo,
With his round little belly like a bowl of Jalea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chimenea,
Then, huffing and puffing, at last in our sala,
With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos,
He turned like a flash and was gone like viento,
And I heard him exclaim--and this is verdad--
"Merry Christmas to all! !Feliz Navidad!"

Friday, November 6, 2015

EDM Taller 3

Escuela del Mundo Taller 3. Here is a informational video about the addition of our school's "Taller 3" program. Video by The Mango Tree.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hurricane Patricia

This one is on our doorstep and looks like it might punch us right in the kisser starting Friday and continuing into Saturday.  School is cancelled and I've gathered most of the supplies we will need to sit it out for the weekend like beer and tequila.  Lots of rain and wind on the way mostly in this area so hopefully the bridges that were rebuilt a few years ago hold up and the folks who live close to the water ways and coast don't get hit too bad.

See you on the other side of this one.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pueblo Magico?!??!?!?!?!?

Big news here.  Changes are coming to Sayulita.  Here are some of the early details and information in this article from Sayulita Life.