I went to Mexico for Thanksgiving. Here is a post I wrote while I was there.
My husband passed away suddenly and the vacation was put on hold. I traveled back and forth from Tucson, AZ to Oregon and I boarded a plane alone to travel to New Dehli, India for my granddaughters high school graduation. A lot has happened and the vacation in Mexico remained in place waiting for me to be ready.
So here I am in Puerto Vallarta with my daughter and her family.
Now, you need to understand that I love to visit Mexico…it is a beautiful country like my own. I do know though that no matter where I am in the world, the people/humans remain pretty much the same. There are good/bad/indifferent people. In the end it is the cultures that I gravitate to.
Although it is unfair to day that all Chinese will push you if you are in their way, in some ways that is true. The Chinese live in close proximity to their neighbors and simply getting through each day requires a certain amount of pushing.
The Vietnamese are not alike themselves. We contacted tribal people, true Vietnamese and communities that fished etc. The diversity of the people astounded me. Because China is so large, we did not get to experience the Mongolian people or cultures of different provinces. In that regard the Chinese and the people of Viet Nam are much the same. We always miss a lot.
I am now aware of the danger of putting a culture in one box. It just doesn’t work.
And so it is with Mexico. But the culture I have experienced here for many years just makes me happy. It seems to me that no matter how poor or what their occupation is, they exude a great appreciation for their good fortune. I have really never rubbed shoulders with the rich or famous so you will need to fill me in on that.
This visit to Puerto Vallarta has been a mixed blessing. I gave up a membership in Vidanta Grand Mayan. The Grand Mayan in Puerto Vallarta have walled their resort in so escaping to enjoy the local people takes a lot of effort. Giving up the membership was hard but the cost versus fun did not work for me. I love Mexico and all of my family loves getting to know the culture…hanging out with a bunch of tourist is not my idea of a vacation. My daughter, her family and I stayed there for a week and then we moved to a small boutique resort close to Puerto Vallarta. It is busy, well cared for and happy. I personally feel very at home!
|View from our deck in the small boutique resort.|
|Family leaving fishing boat.|
The family fished yesterday with a fisherman from Mismaloya. They had a beautiful day and discovered the pueblos that are south along the coast beyond where the highway goes. Yelapa was the place they stopped and took a hike to a waterfall. Truly, I think if you love this kind of adventure, it would be great. I know my husband would have loved it.
*note: if you’re interested in this just take a taxi to Mismaloya and book with fishermen near the water. They have a concession set up there.
We are experiencing the food as “all inclusive” for just three days and at this resort the food seems to be very good. However, we went to a restaurant called Campomar near the hotel zone. I would actually give it 5 stars if I could. It was a place where service and taste of food seemed perfect…I do love my wine so there is that.
THE AIRPORT IN 2022 (ALMOST 2023)
Some advice when going through the airport in Puerto Vallarta:
AS YOU EXIT THE PLANE ON YOUR WAY TO CUSTOMS, ETC., DO NOT LOOK LEFT OR RIGHT, PLUG YOUR EARS TO THE OFFERS OF SERVICES, WALK RAPIDLY TO THE LUGGAGE CAROUSEL AND EXIT. THOSE PEOPLE ARE VULTURES PREYING ON THE INNOCENT OR EVEN NOT SO INNOCENT. IF THEY TOUCH YOU PULL AWAY AND CONTINUE YOUR WALK. THEY CANNOT HELP YOU.
Really, at my age I believe that they are even more persistent. One gentleman even grabbed at my arm. Just-keep-walking!
PLACES WE LOVE:
Bucerias, downtown Puerto Vallarta, any market place, restaurants, exploring and on and on. Taxi drivers can suggest places but you do not need to go with them. Just remember, do your research and go the next day. You can drive to Tequila or Guadalajara from here in a rental car. It’s not that hard
The taxi ride from the airport to Vidanta (Grand Mayan) is the same was a ride from Nayarta to the city or to Bucerias…is the same price. We paid $250 pesos from the hotel zone to Mismaloya. That is the equivalent of $15.50 usd. I tip10% which is what is expected here. It does not seem like enough but the workers are happy. Right now the exchange rate is very good
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
We are immersed in the language here but I still spend a certain amount of time playing with the Duolingo app. Something about listening to a language on the street that helps you tune in to a language.
This is the beginning of a life of adventure and growth and above all, learning for you and me. Life is good. Post a question and I will see if I can help you. I promise I will check back to see what you say.