We never expected to make it to Mexico anytime soon, but when we found out our good friends were going to be in Sayulita for a week in March so we made it happen! To be honest with you, I am not sure if it was our favorite place. Don’t misunderstand me – Sayulita is a pretty cool little place, but for us it seemed as if everything in town was only there because of the mass number of American tourists there. It also didn’t help we were with a bunch of college kids on spring break. Our week was filled with tacos, beers, beaches and good friends and for me that was perfect.
Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta
Things We Liked
Friends, tacos, cheap everything, nice beaches and relaxing for a while
Things We Disliked
Getting sick and tourists everywhere (it was the most touristy place we had been in a while – which isn’t a terrible thing, but the town lacked some authenticity)
Friends in Mexico
We met our good friends, Eleni and Taylor, and it was incredible to be able to catch up with them. They will be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Eleni’s residency soon (whoa, when did we get old enough for that?) and we are bummed they will not be in Denver anymore! Before they take off we decided to eat tacos, drink margaritas, and enjoy some sunshine in Mexico while celebrating their new adventures! Some of Eleni’s friends from Florida also came down and it was amazing to get to spend some time with Anna and Kyle as well. We all had a good time and we love nothing more than to see people we love while we are on the road!
Everyone gets sick in Mexico. We have traveled the world for 7 months eating unknown food of questionable quality in just about every country we have been in. We have never had any problems anywhere – even in India where they say it is inevitable. We certainly were pretty confident that Mexico would be no problem for us. I admit that this was a bad assumption and we got the inevitable sickness most people get in Mexico. All six of us got sick at one point or another and unfortunately for me I was stuck in bed a solid 2.5 days unable to eat or drink anything. Scott did not feel quite right almost a week after we let Sayulita as well. Mexico won this round…
I never knew that Mexican food is comfort food to me until we arrived in Mexico – I mean it really should have been no surprise for this girl who was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I felt so at home with tacos, burritos, and salsa everywhere. It was all super delicious and I will never get tired of $1-2 tacos!
Surfing the Boogie
After surfing in Indonesia we have been itching to get back on a surfboard ever since. Eleni, Taylor, Scott and I decided to take a lesson from some Mexican guys on the beach – after a short on land portion we hit the waves. They help you figure out where to catch the waves and even give you a little push to help out. After an hour with these guys we were feeling really tired, but we were also pretty sure that we could replicate the process on our own since we were pretty good at catching the waves. Another wrong assumption – I am a terrible surfer and there is no way I am going to catch a wave without an instructor helping me through from start to finish. It was so much fun though and we were only slightly beat up afterwards.
Total Number of Nights: 8
Languages: Spanish (although English is widely used everywhere we went)
Currency: $1 USD = 20 Mexican Pesos
Number of Miles Traveled: 1,800 (including our flight from Miami)
Number of Miles Walked: 37 miles (average of 4.6 miles per day)
Steps Taken: 79,240 steps (average of about 9,905 per day)
Transportation Used: Bus, plane, and taxi
Type of Accommodations: Hotel and Airbnb apartment
Number of Beds: 2