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 not such a big change for us.

And the experience there was wonderful! We learned how to say our first words in Spanish which were “uno Coca Cola por favor!” We swam in the pool all of the time, saw our first iguana, and I even got my hair braided. Some of the things I like about Puerto Vallarta is that it is busy, and that you can always find something to do. The beaches there are very busy, but the experience was amazing! And that’s where it all started.

The next year my parents decided that we should take another vacation in Mexico, but this time we would try somewhere a little different. My mom started looking at all the small beach towns close to Puerto Vallarta and she found a small town called Los Ayala, and a place for us to stay that was called Bungalows Los Iguanas. She soon found out that the owner of Bungalows Las Iguanas was from Vernon, a small town in British Columbia, Canada. Well, Los Ayala sounded very nice to my brother and I. So in January 2006 our family headed off to Los Ayala. This experience was a complete change from our holiday at the all-inclusive hotel in Puerto Vallarta. We had to buy our own food, plates, cups and do our own laundry. We even had to entertain ourselves! But the experience was great!

Some of the things I love most about Los Ayala is that the town is very small, so everyone knows everyone, and everyone is very welcoming and friendly! The beach is great to swim at and it is quiet, plus everything is within walking distance. Los Ayala is close to two other small beach towns called Guayabitos and La Peñita, and it is real easy to take a taxi between the towns. But for our first time there we did not explore any towns beside Los Ayala. We just had a great vacation!


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 September 1, 2011 on Magical Los Ayala.

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