In Chelsea’s Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico.

My first trip to Guaybitos was a little scary because I had to take a colectivo to get there. The colectivo is the local shuttle-like bus that transports people between the towns in Jaltemba Bay. It is also called a combi, and sometimes they serve as taxis. I was nervous because I had never been on a colectivo in Mexico.

I waited along the side of the main road in Los Ayala with several other people until a colectivo drove by and picked us up. I handed the driver $7 pesos, which is just $55 cents in Canada! I entered the colectivo along with the crowd of people who were waiting with me, and together we drove up the windy road heading to Rincón de Guyabitos. During the ride, you pass by the most amazing view of the beach in Guayabitos!

When we arrive in Guayabitos and start driving down the bumpy brick road of Avenida de Sol, the colectivo is already full of people, but the driver keeps picking up more more people! So for fun we start counting how many people fit into the colectivo. At one time I think we reached 21 people! People were sitting on other peoples laps, sitting on the floor and half standing bent over. Too close for everyone’s comfort, but everyone was smiling and happy. A somewhat squishy experience!

When you want to get off the colectivo, you yell at the driver ”aqui por favor!” and he stops and everyone spills out of the colectivo just to let one or two people out, and then everyone piles back in once the people have gotten off at their stop. People are still sitting on each others laps!

When you arrive in Guayabitos there are many restaurants and little shops you can go to. My favourite things to do in Guayabitos are walking up and down the main road window shopping and walking down the really long sandy beach.

Rincón de Guayabitos is Los Ayala’s neighbour and the town with the most restaurants and discos. The other towns in Jaltemba Bay are La Peñita and La Colonia. I like Los Ayala because of the beautiful beach, but I like Rincón de Guayabitos because of the night life and how many people are there all the time. So I like Los Ayala best during the day, and Guayabitos best during the night!


About the Author: Hi my name is Chelsea Swanson and I’m thirteen years old. I have one brother named Chase who is eleven years old, who enjoys computers and designing videos. He is very creative with that sort of stuff. My Moms name is Rhonda and my Dads name is Mark, but everyone calls him Tony.

My dad works for Argo Road Maintenance and my Mom operates a daycare at home. We live in a small town called Kamloops which is located in British Columbia and has about 85,000 residents.

My favourite sports are volleyball and swimming. Some day I hope to be competing in the Olympics for swimming and to win a Gold medal! My favourite foods are shrimp tacos from Rosita’s 1 on Los Ayala beach (you can only get these in Mexico!), mango’s and hot sauce. My number one goal in life is to travel the world, and I’m keen on spending lots of time in Australia, the Mediterranean and Asia.

When I’m older I hope to have my own fashion line, or my own surf shop in Sayulita. Some things I love to do in my spare time include drawing, hanging out with friends, listening to music and talking with my Mom. I really have a passion for music. One of my favourite types of music is Mexican music. My dream when I was younger was to be Brittany Spears. I have even wrote my own lyrics and sheet music on the guitar. I don’t think I could live without music!

Some of the things I will be writing about in my column is my experiences in living in Los Ayala, why my family lives there, what the culture is like to me, and much more. When I’m older I hope to be living in Mexico, I think it has been a great experience! LOL

This article was originally published October 1, 2011 on Magical Los Ayala.

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