Puerto Vallarta

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19 travelers at this place:

  • Day12


    January 10 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    We’ve been at sea for 2 days travelling south along the coast of Mexico at a speed of 37 km/h. The temperature gradually increased from 15 to 23 degrees in the sunshine. The ocean has been fairly calm. We’ve explored the ship and finally got our bearings. Meals have been good and we are both watching our caloric intake, one with more success than the other. We purchased 5 bottles of wine at Costco in San Diego and were charged $18 corkage fee each for 3 of the bottles as we were allowed 2 free in our stateroom. This seems expensive but one of the bottles that we paid $11 for was on the menu for $46! Each day we’ve been doing 3 laps around the ship equaling one mile plus doing several flights of stairs, not to mention the steps from aft to bow. Four days ago I came down with a cold, which seems to be my travel norm these days sadly. In order to prevent a repeat experience with rib fractures, I’ve been taking ample Robitussin-DM shooters which made my brain foggy. I am on the mend now which pleases me immensely as I was a bit anxious about being out in the middle of the ocean with a respiratory emergency like in Portugal!

    JS is half-way through his 2nd book and I’ve been enjoying the American Test Kitchen presentations. A professional chef from the TV show prepares the meal, shares the recipes, and gives a lot of general cooking tips. Their show is based on the science of cooking. We have been going to most of the evening entertainment shows and saw the movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the story about Freddy Mercury and Queen. Excellent movie that everyone should see.

    Here’s my most exciting experience so far. Yesterday I was given a free bingo card so I went to try my luck. A couple in front of me had to leave early for a massage appointment and handed me their 5 cards on their way out. I yelled after them for their cabin # just in case they won and jotted it down. With a Texan drawl he told me, “You can buy me a drink if you win”. Five minutes later I yelled “BINGO!” on his card and won $150! I left a note on their door, which happened to be 2 doors down from us, telling them to come and collect their winnings. He was shocked, initially thinking it was a joke, and felt that the money was mine to keep because I didn’t even have to tell them that I had won. I felt it was the honest thing to do as he had paid for the bingo card. He gave me $80, which I thanked him for his generosity, and he kept $70 somewhat reluctantly. We were both happy!
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  • Day306

    Putos en Puerto Vallarta

    May 31, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Puerto Vallarta was our next destination, well-known as the gay beach capital of Mexico, with LGBTIQ seaside resorts, bars and clubs. We arrived early at the Guadalajara bus terminal only to find out that the next bus to Puerto Vallarta was sold out and that the 8:20am bus was running at least an hour behind schedule. We checked the other companies and the earliest bus that we could find was leaving at 9am. In the meantime, the bus that was supposedly running late arrived and left before our 9am departure. We eventually exited Guadalajara and arrived in Puerto Vallarta around 2pm. For seven days la Playa del Muertos was our playground, as we soaked up the sunshine and slurped on our cold, alcoholic beverage on the beach.

    Our apartment was only a short distance from the beach but it seemed perched high in the hills. To get to the beach, we had to descend down a flight of stairs, then a short walk before tackling a set of stairs that were built into the side of a mountain cliff. The journey down wasn't the problem - it was getting back up that was the problem, particularly after a few drinks. The same pattern occurred each day: get up, eat, go to the beach, drink, return home, rinse and repeat the next day. To mix things up, we changed the order of these activities or added an excursion to the historical centre to stock up on supplies or a bite to eat.

    On our first day in Puerto Vallarta, we strolled along the beach, puzzled at the colour of the water. It was a colour that we had never seen before. We started to think that the name of the beach, Playa de los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) may have been named after the dark red oceans. Maybe it was just an isolated incident but the next day the colour had returned to a bluish, green colour. Beach life was relatively uneventful, except one day a shark was spotted. Ricky was the last to know about it. He tried as fast as he could to get out of the ocean, but it seemed like everything was in slow motion and the sand had turned to quicksand. All Ricky could hear in the background was the eerie music from the Jaws movies. That was the end of our day at beach and our time in Puerto Vallarta.

    Next stop: Mexico City.

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  • Day3

    Casa Hernández

    July 14, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 81 °F

    We get to Casa Hernández to drop Yelapa off so we can go to this Mexican restaurant, they don't allow dogs. Yelapa is so happy to see the other dogs. Yadira is like Laura; she loves animals. She is very vivacious and very warm, I really like her. So is Eduardo and the kids - Bassam

  • Day4

    Taqueria Lunch

    July 15, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    I took Yelapa to this street taqueria literally 2 blocks from Casa Fantasia. Oh what good tacos. Had the El Pastor, lengua, and asada. The lady makes the tortillas right there in front of you. There are benches to sit around the cart and a small one to the side. The owner brought a chair for Yelapa. I tried very tiny morsels of meat, she inhaled them. She was so happy. A few small portions of taco soaked in the meat juice, she loved. I tried to sneak in a small bean or two with the meat, she ate the meat and spit out the bean. She definitely is a meat lover - BassamRead more

  • Day3

    Jack Fruit Tree

    July 14, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

    Yadira and a couple of their friends from Seattle pick us up at the hotel to go to the vet. Before we left for the vet I gave Yelapa a few morsels of Jamon de Serrano that I had bought for myself, she loved those and almost bit my fingers off to get them. Her appetite whetted, she went to her bowl and ate a good portion of dog food. What a relief 😊, this is the first time she ate for me. Yadira is driving, she stops to order coconuts from a stand that happens to be under this jackfruit tree. The jackfruit is not ripe yet. This is the first time I have ever seen a jackfruit tree. Everyone orders a coconut but me, which I regretted when they brought the coconuts, they smelled so good - BassamRead more

  • Day3

    Veterinario Mascota's

    July 14, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 84 °F

    Yadira drops us off at Dr. Penã, the vet who took care of Yelapa, to pick up the health certificate. Now Yelapa has her official papers. I am so happy. She is a lovely lovely dog. She sat in my arms the whole way to the Fernandez home. This was a trial run for the ride on the plane. I think she will do fine - BassamRead more

  • Day4

    Hombre y Perro

    July 15, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 77 °F

    I feel bad. The man with dog panhandling from the other night is actually blind. A lady came to fetch him, but a woman with a small daughter asked him about his other dog, and he pulled out the smallest chihuahua, one month old, out of his purse. Made my day. I gave him ten pesos. 😊 - Bassam

  • Day4

    The white splotches on the shirt.

    July 15, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

    That's the salt residue after the sweat soaked shirt dried out. It rained early this morning and it has been beautiful since. It is so humid I get drenched in sweat within ten minutes of starting to walk - Bassam

  • Day1

    The Malecón

    July 12, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    Not as crowded as during the high season, but still busy. A lot of families with children and couples strolling, eating ice cream and what street vendors have to offer. This is a very short walk from Casa Fantasia. The clouds are gathering, and as you can see in the photo it is already raining in the distance over the waters of the Pacific. I felt a couple small drops on my face, refreshing... I have an umbrella in my backpack, I am set, right? - BassRead more

  • Day1

    On the Malecón

    July 12, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Maybe Yelapa and I can sit and beg like the baseball-cap handle! The perro reminded me of Yelapa. Seems to be well fed, so the gig must pay off. San Fran does not have a lock on man-with-dog panhandling - Bass

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