SAYULITA ADVENTURES

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AH! WE HAD the best time in Sayulita. This place has been on my radar for a while now and I’ve been dying to check it out.  Many friends of mine have visited this cute magical surf town and they have all returned singing the Sayulita praises. I’m happy to report that I’m joining the choir. This place is simply the coolest.

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Everything is quaint and simple and brightly coloured. It’s the perfect amount of authentic Mexico with a subtle (albeit growing) tourist influence making it friendly and accessible for all. It’s small enough that you can walk everywhere and everything is close. There are quite a few intense hills though so some take to renting golf carts to get around. The amount of tacos we planned to eat meant we were walking. Unfortunately you don’t burn calories sitting on the beach.

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Just a couple of weirdos. Ya’ll should be used to photos like these by now though…

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We met so many awesome people (locals and tourists alike) on this trip and were lucky enough to be invited back to take in this view with some new friends. This was an awesome Air BNB find where our new Aspen friends were staying. Dan and I loved our little lodge but we’re already dreaming of  returning to Sayulita with a bunch of friends and taking over this Casa for a week.

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One thing that surprised me a lot was how much I loved the food. I actually don’t know if I’ve ever really had true authentic Mexican fare before this trip but man I was in love. Our favourite question of the day was “in what way would you like to enjoy tortilla, rice, fish, beans and salsa today? Taco? Enchilada? Fajitas? Quesadillas? Burritos?”. In some ways it’s kind of all just the same ingredients arranged in a slightly different manner but it was ALL good ALWAYS. And spicy. Yum.

We actually had sought out accommodations with a kitchen because we intended to cook a lot but it turned out to be so cheap (and delicious) to eat out that we just wanted to indulge the whole time.

We highly recommend the special of the day for breakie at El Espresso if you want bang for your buck. It’s usually some sort of Mexican egg dish, coffee and a mango smoothie for about $6.00. It’s also got free wifi which would be a bonus if you wanted to check in with the world.

Other notable mentions are Burrito Revolution and Orangy and you pretty well can’t go wrong with the street tacos. We also discovered the deliciousness of Marlin (fish) and sided with that option most everywhere we went. Get the marlin. Trust. Also if you get sick of Mexican (it’s possible) Mammia Mia makes pasta fresh on site and is quite good. But really – I don’t think we had a bad meal – just eat everywhere.

Our favourite restaurant, was Teirra Viva. We met the best server ever (Martin) who was so fun to chat with and the food was incredible. Arguably the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had. On our last night Martin brought us dessert and had our names written on the plate – it was such a sweet surprise (literally!).

And also the Popsicles from Wa Kika are life changing (see photo above) and if you get offered a snack on the beach (cucumber with lime and hot sauce) take it.

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I had a mini hiccup this trip catching some sort of bug or sun poisoning (we’re still not really sure what it was) so unfortunately I was down for the count a bit (fever, aches, chills…ugh) so I spent most of the trip in the shade on the beach but Dan got a little surf session in on our last day.

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Also my new Mexican beach blanket! I’m obsessed. I had to stop myself from buying 50.

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Sayulita – we’ll be ‘seeing you later’ for sure. Until next time…keep it real.

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WEAR // WHERE – FORT MYERS

Fort Myers Fashion Files

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FLORAL SHORTS, STRIPED chambray and a straw hat just feels Florida, don’t it? I’m headed to the land of shuffleboard tomorrow (Fort Myers) with my grandma for what’ll surely be a wild vacation. Hahaha.

Unfortunately my pack job hardly reflects this beach number. I think I packed a total of 4 things to cycle through for three weeks. In an effort to challenge my over-packing tendencies I was erroring on the side of ‘less’ but I think I might have error-ed a bit too far. Oh well, who am I really trying to impress here anyway? Besides, it wouldn’t be the worst thing if I had to buy a few new things now would it?!

PST. I couldn’t find the source of image one so if you happen to know who owns it please let me know so I can credit accordingly.

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WELL, IF THAT WAS MEXICO, WE DID IT

Photos from my trip to Mexico

BASK IN THIS WITH ME; just a little longer please? Sure you can make me go into work today but you can’t make me abandon the photos or my tan or the sweet smell of sunscreen that’s lingering over my suitcase. I had the most epic time in Mexico – the perfect mix of relaxation and fun and I’m hanging onto the feeling for dear. freaking. life.

Consider this my mini highlight reel. I apologize if some of the hilarity that ensued on this trip just isn’t all that funny to you but Tiff and I have never laughed so hard (perhaps it’s ’cause we were totally blissed out drunk – jk).

The Gems of Mexico 2012

1. Talking American politics, love and everything in between with a 10 year old from Washington.
On politics:
Obama bad (fullstop).
Sorry kiddo I didn’t have it in my heart to challenge you here but I simply don’t agree.
On love:
Are you married? No. Why not? You’re pretty.
Is it really that simple?
On the iPad Mini:
Really they should call it the iPad Middle.
Somewhere between an iPad and an iTouch – Brilliant.

2. Daily boogie boarding.
Pretty much the most exerting activity we did all week – which is not that exerting since the waves do most of the work. Tiff excelled – I did not (but had fun trying anyway).

3. Day trip into downtown Puerto Vallarta.
We opted to take the bus (which set us back all of 70 cents) to get us into the city. Some highlights from the adventure include:
• When the bus pulled into a gas station to fill up while we were still on it. I suppose for $0.70 you’re also investing your time.
• The promotion at the flea market: Today only, buy something and get a free boyfriend. Man, I wish they had deals like that in Canada.
• One vendors selling line (in a completely empty market no less): Lots of selection, no lines!
• The 1 dollar Coronas we downed at a local bar. Best Ever.

4. Helping the freshly hatched baby sea turtles find their way from the beach to the ocean. Their cuteness was killer.

5. Getting swimming lessons from Tiff. She said my stroke was looking really good. I got weak in the knees.

As sad as I am to admit my vacay is over, this is really just the beginning of a crazy-fun-filled month. In the next 3 weeks I’ve got a shopping trip to Seattle, a Toronto friend coming to visit for the weekend and a company holiday* party to look forward to.

Okay vacation over. I’ll stop rubbing it in right…. now.

*how the eff is it holiday season?

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