postcards from puerto vallarta

postcards from puerto vallarta

Me & PV
Me on the Malecón

PV landscape

PV hillside
Loving the people and their various poses.

PV Street Signs

Guadalupe 2
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

PV architecture

PV Man and Dog

PV Sunset

There are other Mexican beachside cities that I prefer over Puerto Vallarta, but there are a few food and shopping gems to be found here.  Also, I have a soft spot for hilly towns by the water for some reason…maybe they remind me of Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities.

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EVOKE THE SPIRIT. sayulita, mexico

EVOKE THE SPIRIT. sayulita, mexico

ETS shop general

ETS Santos

ETS skull 1

ETS skull 1 detail

ETS ropes

ETS ropes detail

 

Last but not least, my favorite shop in Sayulita…Evoke the Spirit!  A space so beautiful it looks more like a gallery than a shop, with beautifully designed & made products to match.  And if you visit the shop, please be sure to say hi to Santos, the Huichol yarn painter in residence.

A very special thank you to Evoke the Spirit’s owner & designer Brittney Borjeson, who was so welcoming and helpful during my trip!  You can see more about Brittney and her shop in Domino magazine!

EVOKE THE SPIRIT: 12A Jose Mariscal, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

ARTEFAKTO. sayulita, mexico

ARTEFAKTO. sayulita, mexico

A shop 2

A shop 1

A shop 3

A beautifully curated shop selling textiles, clothing, home goods and more.

ARTEFACKTO: avenida revolucion #40-C, sayulita, nayarit mexico 63734

ORIGENES: DAVID LUNA. sayulita, mexico

ORIGENES: DAVID LUNA. sayulita, mexico

ODL Sign

ODL general

ODL bags 1

ODL bags 2

ODL bags 4

If you appreciate tooled leather like one of my best friends, Taylor, does, this shop is for you.  I fell in love with a couple of things here…may have to send them an email soon!

ORIGENES: calle martin s/n entre navarrete y malecon, centro sayulita, mexico.  +52 13315443282. pepekabande@gmail.com

REVOLUCION DEL SUEÑO. sayulita, mexico

REVOLUCION DEL SUEÑO. sayulita, mexico

RDS outside view

RDS back room fabulousness

RDS vignette 2

RDS Skulls galore

 

RDS fluo skulls

 

A cheeky shop with colorful products mixing modern and traditional Mexican flair.

REVOLUCION DEL SUEÑO : 55 calle manuel navarrete, colonia centro , 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

postcards from sayulita, mexico

postcards from sayulita, mexico

Sayulita town

Coconut truck!

What direction?

Benched

Tigre

Decoration detail

 

 

Back after a long hiatus…and with the perfect town: Sayulita!  I just returned back from a few days there, and had to write about it.

Sayulita is a small Mexican surfing town not too far north of Puerto Vallarta.  This rustic beach chic hotspot for expats is home to some great eateries and boutiques.  Will be posting a few highlights later today.

How I got there:  I was staying in Puerto Vallarta, so I took a bus from the bus stops on the street in front of Wal-Mart.  The bus ride takes about an hour…not the most enjoyable ride ever, but I like to travel like a local sometimes.  The windows and door were wide open and we were barreling along.  What more can you ask from a 35 peso (<$3 US) ride?

Upon arrival in Sayulita, the bus drops off on the main road…from there you just keep walking until you find something interesting.  PS-That shouldn’t take too long.

video postcard from bern, switzerland

video postcard from bern, switzerland

A view of Bern while surrounded by sheep on a hill…those are the bells around their necks you are hearing in the background…it made a beautiful view even more magical.

BAKTUN: THE END OF AN ERA

BAKTUN: THE END OF AN ERA

Fortunately for some & unfortunately for others, the world did not end today, 12/ 21/ 2012.  Ancient Mayans did not actually predict an apocalypse today, but rather the end of an era.  I am currently smack in the center of the supposed apocalypse, so I thought I should just go with it.  This & the following two posts are a few things I have seen today, in homage of baktun.

CEMENTERIO. playa del carmen

CEMENTERIO. playa del carmen

The cemetery at Xcaret in Playa del Carmen was an unexpected place where I spent the most time.  The time & creativity used on each memorial was wonderful, and it was so much more personal and heartwarming than the traditional gravestone.  In addition, the crypt was beautiful, with a wall of wax made by the drips of the previous candles.  Beauty in the simplest of ideas.