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Internet Speeds On The Rise

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This article is presented here in its entirety, courtesy of Mexico News Daily. Internet speeds are showing improvement Netflix identifies Totalplay as fastest fixed broadband supplier; Telcel, AT&T in close race for mobile Mexico is not generally known for breathtaking internet speeds, but indications are that the situation…
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Please Do Not Destroy Our Livelihood

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Among the poppies, a plea to the soldiers 'Heartbreaking' message asks soldiers to spare the crop. Fifteen kilometers from the municipality of Guachochi, in the heart of the mountain range known as the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, 30 soldiers pull opium poppy plants out of the ground with their bare hands. For the past month,…
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This Makes More Sense Than Making Ethanol From Corn

Mexico tequila maker has a good shot at turning agave waste into fuel. Instead of trying to make ethanol out of a food source, Herradura is attempting to create energy from their waste. One of Mexico’s most famous tequila companies, Herradura, hopes to turn into fuel the thousands of tonnes of waste it generates each year from the…

Watch Movie Online Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler (2014) HDDirector:Dan Gilroy.Writer:Dan Gilroy.Producer:Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak.Release:October 23, 2014Country:United States of America.Production Company:Bold Films, Sierra / Affinity.Language:English.Runtime:117Genre:Crime, Drama, Thriller.Movie 'Nightcrawler' was released…

Sarah Somewhere: The Problem with House Sitting

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Our first house sitting assignment in La Peñita is drawing to a close. It’s been a truly great experience and we have enjoyed almost every minute. While the humidity of the Mexican summer has certainly challenged us, it is starting to cool down and we are making the most of the fresh mornings and comfortable evenings. It’s been…

Bienvenidos a La Peñita de Jaltemba

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Try saying that one five times! Welcome to La Peñita de Jaltemba, a small town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. We arrived on a rainy day. The clouds hung thick in the sky like sodden laundry and the streets, made from mud and stone, disappeared into giant potholes underneath our tires. “Uh ooooohhhh…”…

Living in Mexico: A Survival Guide

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I have been living in Mexico for a year and a half. In two short weeks we leave to make our way to the Marshall Islands to set up our next base camp. I have valuable insight. Life in Mexico can be amazing. If you approach it the right way. Here is a survival guide on how to make the most of living in Mexico, or at least… HOW TO SURVIVE. Whatever…

Personal Freedoms: Are We Losing Them? (Canada vs. Mexico)

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Having spent 6 months out of the year in Mexico and 6 months in Canada for the last few years, and I have to say, when we get back to Canada we suffer from a bit of culture shock when we first arrive. As most people know, Mexico is known for the friendliness of their people. It is their custom to greet each other, and us as well, upon…

Rob's Ramblings: Trip North for Chintz

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After fostering numerous kittens this past winter at the J.E.E.P. Hilltop Refugio, I guess it was only natural that we were bound to become “foster failures.” A Foster Failure is someone who offers to Temporarily take care of an animal in their home, to socialize the animal for a smooth transition into life at a new home. With time,…

Brody's Unexpected Meeting with a Crocodile in El Monteón

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It would be silly to say it was a beautiful day... all days in Mexico are beautiful. What it was however, was our housekeeper’s day at our home and we prefer, as does she, to clean without us under her feet. So we packed up our chairs, some cold beverages and snacks (I had made sauerkraut buns. Yummy!) and loaded the truck with our…

I Now Know Where the Smart Birds Go!

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Buenos Dias Amigos. Well we did come back... finally. Three weeks in Mexico. I am trying to recollect the "there" highlights. There are so many that I will have to consult the photo bank. Let's see now... oh yes. Let's start with the weather just to break the ice. Hmmm. Come to think of it, ice there you have for keeping fresh shrimp…

Rob's Rambling: Bug's Endless Summer #3

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Hi. Bug here again. Rob and Heather are busy messing around with horses and other dogs and cats again, so I am getting more time alone to hang out with my friends. My old salvaje friend Taxi was still here when we get got back to La Peñita. Adriana let him have some dog food and he kept up his regular circuit of other sources of food…

The Busy Feliz Navidad Season

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The numerous Christmas beach tourists in Los Ayala creates an ebb and flow of attention-grabbing human mass that is further enhanced by the numerous vendors hawking their wares. As one gazes upon the horizon, the hard working peddlers trudge the sandy playa vigorously working to sustain a living. I realize some tourists do not appreciate…

Our Adventure Continues

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We had a two week break at the end of September and wanted a bit of a change of pace, so this year we decided we would visit Jaltemba Bay during the rainy season. (above photo) One evening, after supper, as we sat at “La Avenida,” hundreds of small birds raced in overhead and just up the street. When we walked up the street, we…

Rob's Ramblings: Bug's Summer Part 2

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It is still sunny on Vancouver Island, though I’m hearing a lot of talk about going south. The air is cooler, especially in the mornings, and the humidity is getting higher. However, I guess cats can’t talk about bad-hair-days. I just don’t get the concept of shoes for cold, wet grass yet… To read Part 1 entitled Rob's Ramblings:…

Rob's Ramblings: Bug's Summer / Life Up-North

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Hi, Bug here. Rob is too busy messing around with kayaks and trucks to produce a summer article, so he left it up to me to help. I live with Rob and Heather Erickson. I was adopted two and a half years ago in Rincón de Guayabitos after I showed up at Rose and Charlie's place mooching food. Their resident cat Molly didn't appreciate…

Rob's Ramblings: Don't Forget Property Taxes!

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Many folks from up-north will be paying their property tax bills over the next few weeks. In one Canadian community, the city council is dealing with double-digit tax increases to recover from the loss of a major employer/tax cash-cow. However, the same city council found $4 million for an all-season artificial turf soccer field, yet…

Why We ♥ Jaltemba Bay

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We have received some wonderful feedback about our recent article entitled Jaltemba Bay: Venture off the beaten path of Mexico's Pacific Coast. Because of this response, we have decided to bring back "Why We Love Jaltemba Bay," a topic we started on Jaltemba Bay Folk (our community forum) back in 2011. To date, it has received 22 replies…

Jaltemba Bay: Venture off the beaten path of Mexico's Pacific Coast

Jaltemba Bay is made up of three small and colorful towns – Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala. It is located 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the heart of the beautiful Riviera Nayarit, which stretches nearly 200 miles along Mexico's spectacular Pacific coast and includes Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz, Punta Mita,…

What in the World Do You Do in Mexico?

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The other day I had a delightful visit with my niece Jenn. It was one of those “catching up” sessions. I had been gone for almost 3 months to my home in Mexico. The question came up, “Aunt Wendy, what do you DO with your time down there?” After rattling off a few items to justify my existence, we moved onto other conversation.…

The Fine Art of Broom Usage in Mexico

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Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, in a land far away, a little girl watched her mother sweep the house every day. Her father had a broom just like her mother’s, but his was special, used only for something called curling. Once upon a time, a shorter time ago, in a land far away, the little girl and her family moved to the city.…

Rob's Ramblings: A Few Comparisons of Life North and South

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My first trip to Mexico was in the early 1980s and I admit there were a few things I noticed back then that still bring a smile today. Why would someone do that? How did that ever slip by? Life would be so much easier if they just did... Sick and Unwanted Animals: The first thing I remember from my early trips were the mange- and parasite-infested…

A Mexican Huarache Adventure

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Last week I decided to take a visiting friend to my favorite little huarache shop in La Peñita. It is something that I love to share with those visiting our casa. When you arrive to “Huaracheria Colotlan,” you are usually greeted by the warm smile of Rosaria Salas. She is the lovely wife of Señor José Salas Hernandez and together…

Los Ayala Legends and Folklore

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The following legends and folklore of Los Ayala were translated from the book “Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo” written by J. Jesús Carranza Diaz. This little gem of a book is filled with history and charming stories about Los Ayala. Sr. Carranza is a lawyer, a professor at the Instituto de Estudios del Rey Nayar in…

Rob's Ramblings: Reality of Life in Mexico

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We have all read the travel brochures for Mexico stating there is endless sunshine, sandy beaches with great swimming, and nice cold drinks. The number of frost-free days here encourages life for both plants and animals, and provides a bird and plant watchers paradise. Sure, this sounds like the travel brochure for every resort destination…

Rob's Ramblings: The Innovative Nature of the Local Tradespeople

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As can be expected with any vehicle, maintenance issues can pop up after the great trek south. My truck had a leaking transfer case output seal just before I left Canada, so I picked up a replacement seal on my way south, with the intention of changing it once I arrived in La Peñita. I took my truck to a well known mechanico to get this…

My Ever-Changing View of Jaltemba Bay: Part 2

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My "View" is not just of Jaltemba Bay, although it is very captivating with its striking sunsets. My home in Mexico is near the small town of El Tonino, which is just north of La Peñita and a 4.9km drive up the mountainside from Highway 200. Casa Vista Pacifica provides me a birds-eye view for kilometers from all around the casa. When…

Rob's Ramblings: A Gringo's Look at a Mexican Christmas

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"News flash for shoppers: Being stuck in Boxing Day traffic is not an Emergency." No. This is not a joke. This was actually part of a news clip on Global BC news December 27th about some drivers' perceptions on what constitutes an "Emergency" up-north. Emergency 911 dispatchers were swamped in Burnaby, BC on December 26th with numerous…

Rob's Ramblings: A Few Things to Watch Out For

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Besides "don't drink the water" and "watch out for pink drinks," there are a few other things to watch out for while enjoying the country and hospitality of Mexico. Living day to day here in paradise, you see some things you would never expect to find up-north. Let's start the series with a few common scams. I know there are many more…

Our First Home on the Bay of Jaltemba

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It was late March in the year 2006 and my husband Victor and I had finally made the big move to Mexico. One year earlier, having sold our business in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and spent 3 months driving around Mexico exploring, we were at last actually out of the cold and snow and living in Nayarit, Mexico. To backtrack…

That Special Little House

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Having traveled to Mexico for over 20 years and having talked about moving to Mexico for almost as many years, my husband Robert, likely because he was tiring of the same conversation, finally came up with a plan. Here is exactly what he said to me, “Alright, here is the deal, we will take one month off from work and rent a home in…

The House on Mazatlan

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It was one fine day back in 2003 when a friend and I were on our way to drop someone off at one of the nearby condos beside "The House on Mazatlan." As we approached it, with its flaming bougainvillea tree virtually ambushing the front entrance, I was drawn to it with such an intensity that I asked my friend to let me out to take a closer…

Hammock in the Sala

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A hammock in the sala??? How can this be??? I am sure these were the words of our dueña Alcira when we first moved into #60 Calle Mazatlan. I had just arrived in Mexico and a (kinda like) family member took us right to this little doll house and we rented it... I loved it from the get go... Only a few steps from the beach and we did…

Casita on Calle Mazatlan

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Living in Alaska, my partner Bruce and I always looked forward to yearly, extended vacations in Mexico. Each year we selected a new, small section of the coast between Mazatlan and Barra de Navidad for our roaming explorations. We would also spend a month or more setting up housekeeping, staying put in one place in a rented apartment…

Rob's Ramblings: The Sounds of Life

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A local news clip here in British Columbia reminded me of the daily sounds one gets used to while living in Mexico. One Okanagan community has just banned the ice cream truck from playing it's jingle over the loud speaker due to noise bylaws. These same local politicians and residents might have a real hurdle to cross to get used to living…

Enchanting Little House in La Peñita: The Intro

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It turns out that the house at Calle Mazatlan #60 in La Peñita has quite an intriguing past. This charming little two-bedroom house has been rented by a number of interesting and influential local folks, many of whom have become longtime residents of the Jaltemba Bay area after staying there. In mid-June when Christina Stobbs interviewed…

The House on Fishermen Street

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I first heard of La Peñita de Jaltemba in 1980 while living in Mexico City through an artist friend and her husband, who was also a painter. Whenever we would get together, the conversation would somehow end up with stories of their friend Efrain who lived in this beach town on the Pacific coast. The stories were fantastic, exotic and…

Jaltemba Bay Weather Comparison for Rainy Seasons 2011 & 2012

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Rainy season, as it is most often referred to, lasts from June through late October. Most of the cooling rain occurs during the late afternoons and continues into the nights. So far this month, we have only had 4 days of rain totaling 1.4 inches (29mm) compared to 11 days with 2.9 inches (74mm) in October 2011, which could be an indication…

Rob's Ramblings: Returning to Our Southern Lives

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I have to keep reminding friends and family up-north that we are not just vacationing in Mexico. Our winter-lives in La Peñita make up half of our year, and will likely involve even more of our lives in the future. This isn't just a week of sun and margaritas at a local all-inclusive. We manage to enjoy more outdoor activities due to…

Rob's Ramblings: The Wonders of Electricity in Mexico

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Thomas Edison might wonder what happened with his wonderful invention of electricity if he was to be on the job today in Mexico. Some basic rules of wiring and electricity that we take for granted up-north seem to have been missed in Mexico. It has been my experience that the Jaltemba Bay area of Mexico seems to run on 138 volts rather…

Chelsea's Mexican Musings: Social Life and Friendships in Mexico

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In Chelsea's Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. The social life in Mexico is a lot different then in Canada. In Mexico my friends and I chat "face-to-face" a lot more. In Canada, my friends and I chat mostly by text messaging or over the internet. I have to say that I like…

Chelsea's Mexican Musings: My First Vacations in Mexico

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In Chelsea's Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. I was just six years old the first time I came to Mexico. My parents decided that for our first trip to Mexico it would be best for my brother and I if we stayed at an all-inclusive hotel in Puerto Vallarta – just so it was…

Rob's Ramblings: Daily Hurdles

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I've often had friends from Up-North ask about my days here in small town Mexico. In retirement, the old line Up-North of "you don't do the post office and bank on the same day" can be turned into "I woke this morning with nothing to do, and went to bed only half done." Actually, that is sort of cruel and a bit inaccurate. Maybe I can…

Jaltemba Bay Weather Comparisons for July

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The official Jaltemba Bay Weather Station celebrated its one-year anniversary in June, which means you can now compare temperature, wind, rainfall and other weather data for 2011 and 2012. Here are a few weather comparisons for the month of July: Of particular interest, is that the temperature highs and lows are the same for both 2011…

Surviving the Summer Heat in Jaltemba Bay

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It's hot and dusty in Los Ayala. Just how dusty you ask? Well, I dust our home every single morning and by mid-afternoon it looks like I have not dusted for at least a week. What’s the point? During the few weeks before the torrential downpours of the rainy season arrive, my husband, Robert, has to vacuum our swimming pool daily, sometimes…

The Rainy Season Has Arrived

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The rainy season has arrived. The dusty palms are washed. The jungle and orchards display their splendor of color and fruit. All is fresh again. The large potholes provide the adventure of driving through to find their bottom. So far they all have one. The rainy season has arrived. With it comes the jungle sounds, First soft morning…

June in Jaltemba Bay

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June marks the beginning of the dizzyingly hot weather with temperatures often rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C) in the shade. However, the heat of June is not that uncomfortable, as the humidity is nowhere near the levels experienced in August and September. The days are for the most part hot and dry, and because the increase…
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Rob's Ramblings: Mi Casa Construction Project

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Starting a building or renovation project in Mexico requires you to be well informed on local business practices. What you consider unacceptable up north might be considered normal locally, and what you see as normal up north might be unheard of here in Mexico. For starters, you have to decide if you will be on site during construction,…

Sweet Kids in Los Ayala!

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By Patty Schemenauer & Susanne Richter - Returning Canadians to Los Ayala, Susanne & Bernie along with their two sons, Gabriel & Felix like to become involved with the local families, especially the children. This year Susanne bought 12 white t-shirts and tye-dye kits and proceeded to round up the locals kids for an afternoon…

Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico - Part 6

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My daughter’s worst nightmare – right here on the shores of La Penita! Those of you of an age to remember Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds, can possibly relate to this strangely reoccurring phenomenon. Everyone knows that shorebirds abound along coastal waters and that they hang out awaiting the spoils thrown back into…

Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico - Part 5

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Here I sit. Here I sweat! My mom always insisted that girls/ladies/women/females don’t ‘sweat’. Sorry mom, but you have not been to Mexico in the summer. And guess what? It is sweat! When every pore on your body begins oozing water – it can no longer be referred to as ‘perspiration’! But what is truly…

Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico - Part 4

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I feel compelled to write this next short vignette… As I have previously written, we are house-sitting at the top of La Penita. While it is very close to downtown, the last three blocks are pretty much straight up hill. It’s a good thing my hiking buddies over the last several years ‘forced’ me to climb all those…

Dog Days of Summer

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Hi, this is Taco the Dog. My Mom told me I had to write something because we’re in the Dog Days of Summer. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m really excited to introduce myself and tell you about my summer. In case we haven’t met, my name is Señor Taco el Valiente (which means Sir Taco the Brave), but everyone…

Camille’s Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico – Part 3

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A funny thing happened on the way to our casa… As we trudged the last steamy, dusty leg of our daily shopping excursion back up the hill to our casa, we came upon a sight that stopped us in our tracks. It made me giggle and my husband chuckle for several minutes til the heat got the best of us and we continued on our way. Let me…

Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico - Part 2

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Last night was magical on the rooftop! We try to do our daily chores around this huge Casa: dust the floors, water the numerous plants until the rainy season and then that is taken care of, as well as the dust; or so we are told. We do our daily food shopping down the hill (everything is “down” the hill here although that…

Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico - Part 1

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Camile, who wishes to remain anonymous, just moved to La Peñita and has been writing about her experiences. She is using the pseudonym (nom de plume) Camille – just because she likes it – and has titled her stories “Camille’s Conjectures”. According to the Cambridge Dictionaries On-line, the definition of…