See ya later Sayulita

Overlooking Sayulita beach and village.

Overlooking Sayulita beach and village.

 

Beach walks, bikinis and balmy weather are all but a memory now as we discover Patagonia in rather bracing climates, not to mention the complete change of scenery! However for three months we soaked it all up in the Mexican, “off-the-beaten-path” village of Sayulita.

The main drag heading to the beach.

The main drag heading to the beach.

Part of how we make this lifestyle work for us is that we will settle down and actually live in a reasonably cheap area of the world – where we can access organic produce – for a few months to recharge our batteries and the bank account before heading back out into the big, wide world. All the moving around can get a little draining and also takes quite a lot of planning. This is also a lovely way to become part of a community rather than just being tourists.

Colourful Artwork.

Colourful Artwork.

Sayulita is most definitely a small, hippie, surfing village located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. A unique quality about the place is that the tribe called the Huichol are still residents in this region and have been for thousands of years. Their artwork is very eye catching and inspired by their complex cosmology. They use brilliant, vivid colours that make it stand out around town.

This is Mexico!

This is Mexico!

Despite the fact that is was warm, by Sayulita standards we were actually in their winter. It was an added bonus that we were in town at the same time of year whales like to hang out in the area too. The waters here serve as a playground for humpbacks and other whales as they make their journey south. Most days we’d spot them out at sea and sometimes we’d catch them breaching. We liked to go to a particular exercise class that had the best view in Sayulita for whale watching which could get a little distracting yet was a good incentive to get up and going in the morning.

As close as we got.

As close as we got.

Wanting to get even nearer to these massive aquatic creatures, we went on a boat trip that brought us up very close to the mammals. Even though it’s a known fact, we were still awestruck by the size of the whales when they were a mere 10 metres away.

Local fisherman.

Local fisherman.

I’m very often impressed and amazed at the wonderful things things that get organised in these relatively remote towns around the world in order to nurture the environment and animals. In Sayulita, the harvesting of turtle eggs and taking of turtles for food has been supplanted by the care taking of turtles – primarily of their nests and eggs. One evening as we walked on the beach we had the unique and fascinating experience of seeing (and even helped) dozens of baby turtles to be released into the ocean. They need some assistance but eventually scamper to their homes in the surf. To my eyes they seemed far too tiny and frail to survive their natural habitat of the roaring ocean.

Not impressed! Never would believe this is a person who isn't at all a fan of antibiotics.

Not impressed! Never would believe this is a person who isn’t at all a fan of antibiotics.

I mentioned that Sayulita is a surf town. Our idea was that we might spend some of our time here learning to surf, but it didn’t go so well. For whatever reason, my gut feeling was not a good one and this was only legitimised after Michael came back one morning from body surfing on a particularly rough day. He’d lost a fin, the leash on his board had been ripped off and the next day he woke with an excruciating perforated and infected ear drum that took a month and four lots of antibiotics to go. So that was enough of a sign for me that I’d skip it and settle for long morning swims.

Pelicans are abundant in Sayulita.

Pelicans are abundant in Sayulita.

We replaced the surfing with learning Spanish which is a work in progress but a fun one that keeps us entertained as we travel around South America.

Mirroring the whales leaving the Nayarit waters and heading for a cooler climate at the beginning of April, we made our way to Patagonia where we have been for the past 3 weeks. Plenty of adventures to tell, coming your way soon but for now I’ve got to get on with climbing some mountains and walking on glaciers….nos vemos pronto (catch you soon).

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3 thoughts on “See ya later Sayulita

  1. Gem says:

    So wonderfully inspiring Torsi!!! Fabulous writing…..feels like we are there enjoying your freelance lifestyle with you… Ciao Bella xxxx enjoy s.America gem x

  2. adartnell says:

    Hi Victoria and Michael really enjoyed this blog and photos (as always) and happy that I get to have this ongoing conversation with you while you are on your amazing journey. sorry about the ears michael! Ashx

  3. minime2202 says:

    Hi Guys, great shots Michael with every new blog they get ever better, love victoria’s shot of the ear infection 🙂 fav shots thus far are the canyon amazballs. Hope you are both having fun look forward to the next blog xx putting two small NAUGHTY children to bed, write that with a capital as i am in my office calming myself for bed time stories and kisses xx so to you both sleep well stay safe hear from you soon
    KLM XXXX

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