Finding my own way

Yesterday, I quit my job in rentals.

Without going into detail, and in the interest of keeping everything anonymous, there was a situation that forced me to really think about what I want and what steps I need to take to be successful here in Puerto Vallarta.

I have no regret and I am glad that I tried something new and I met some really great people along the way.

I am focusing a lot of where my strengths are career wise, and what my best attribute are that I can share and contribute to society.

No matter how many different avenues of careers I try, and as you know, I am always trying something new, I always find myself back in the same 3 areas: Weddings, events and fundraisers. Or to summarize that, just events. Planning them, bringing an idea to life.

I love doing all of these things, they are all familiar, yet challenging and I can spend a lifetime in growing and improving myself, which for me is very important for my happiness with my career. New challenges that force me to grow not only professionally, but as a person. I would never have moved here in the first place if I was okay with a non challenging 9 to 5 job that won’t take me anywhere.

I don’t want to be type-casted in my own life as being or doing one or two things. I want to create a life for myself that is versatile, adventurous, unique, new, and always pushing me more and more to be better at everything I do.

What I do know so far is that I am going to be doing my own weddings and other events, which is something I have wanted to do since the beginning, but have approached the idea very slowly, and with much caution. I always knew that when the time was right and when I was truly ready to make the leap, that I would just know.

Considering everything that happened with this recent..change..I believe that was the go ahead for me to find the entrepreneurial spirit and passion that I left behind in Calgary. There are a few integral people in my life here that have really pushed me to be a better wedding coordinator, and have taught me the fundamentals of destination weddings, as well as people who have constantly reminded me that I can do anything I put my mind to and will always succeed when I put my heart into it. (you know who you are, and thank you for all your support). So, all that being said, here is a mock-up of the beginning stages of that project. Okay I know that is just a logo but it’s pretty and it’s one little baby step in the right direction.

Poco a poco as they say around here. Things like facturas, accounting and banking are all still things that I haven’t even began to scratch the surface of. I am first focusing on a business plan that makes sense for me and that reflects my goals as an entrepreneur. Once I complete that, I will get into the nitty gritty, one step at a time.

http://www.miamoroccasions.com

I am going to take my time is bringing this project to life, and I am going to keep all my past experience in mind with everything, what worked, and the many things that didn’t work. This time around I want to really dig into my creativity and improve my processes.

I think these changes that happen in life, are always a gateway to something better, and a sign that I am not on the right track, and an opportunity to either get back on track, or create a new track that will take me to exactly where I want to go.

Aside from the events and wedding, I want to really focus on my Spanish, and have even (drum roll please) found a bit of a love for cooking these days. Also, I want to learn how to scuba dive, explore more of Mexico, and plan another trip to Canada.

I have also been working on a Fundraiser for the local cat shelter, it’s going to be a Salsa and Margarita tasting, with an auction and live music! It’s been a fun little project and just makes me feel kind of fuzzy inside that I can do a small part to help a very important cause around here.

I am also reading Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour work week again. This is my favorite book and the one book that I read over and over again. It reminds me of what’s important to me, the life I want to create for myself, and also reminds me of why I am in Mexico, and what I came here to do!

L

A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have _Timothy Ferriss

Yoga dia 2

Yoga Vallarta

I’m only on day 2 of my 30 day yoga challenge and I am already exhausted!

I haven’t done yoga in so long and I forgot how intense an hour and fifteen minutes of Ashtanga flow really is!

Also, I am not a huge morning person. And these classes start at 9am which means I have to be up at 7:30 so I have time to shower, choose a cute yoga outfit, make coffee, feed myself, feed my cat, and have a bit of time to relax on the computer with my coffee so I arrive at my yoga class refreshed like a happy morning person that just goes to a morning yoga class and not flustered and grumpy  like I normally am in the morning.

And the studio is on the other side of Puerto Vallarta which is a good 10 minute bus drive. And these are not the kind of busses you can drink coffee on. Not if you want your yoga outfit to be clean when you arrive.

So yesterdays class was a nice easy vinyassa flow ying yang. Which means we laid around and stretched a lot and rolled around a lot and did a bit of standing like trees. I love vinyassa, so slow and so nice. And it was a lovely transition back to Yoga for me!

Today’s class, the Ashtanga, was extremely hard. And long. I thought that Savasana would never come! It was honestly the most intense work-out that I have had in Mexico to date, and felt even more intense than a similar class in Calgary would, because the studio is so hot! I have never been to hot yoga, but I think I did something very similar this morning.

My whole body hurts and it’s only been 2 days. But, I hear the exhaustion will go away. First when you start you feel tired all the time, and then somewhere along the way it starts to have the opposite effect and give you more energy!

I hope that is soon. Because this afternoon napping is sort of interrupting my work.

(Even though my cat enjoys it).

This Saturday I have a wedding, although I am going to get up early and try my hand at a Zumba class which is a latin/international dance/aerobic/fitness type class! Sounds fun!

Happy Labor Day!

Hi friends!

This morning B and I got up early (and by early, I mean 10am for me, 9am for him) and headed over the popular Pitillal market. Pitillal is a small mexican town (or district?) about 10 minutes north of Downtown Puerto Vallarta. The great thing about this place is that it is not typically a place that tourists go. It’s a full on locals hub, where there are no timeshare sales, no ‘special prices for you lady’.
B at the Pitillal market…

This place is amazing, its packed with miles and miles of shopping, more than even I could tackle! Local herbs, taco stands, endless amounts of local food, amazing clothes for super cheap, shoes galore, electronics, hardware stores, treats, fresh fruit, pirated movies, I could go on, they have absolutely everything! Its just complete mexican shopping indulgence everywhere you turn! This place is described as ‘real Mexico’, and it definitely is super mexican-ey!

We stopped for tacos!! (About $1.00US each) mmm…

Tuba stand…(Tuba is a citrusey mexican drink sold on the streets that is so refreshing on a hot day!!)

Pitillal Church (See how full it is, people are standing outside)

Also today in Mexico is Labor Day. This was surprising to me because I have always celebrated Labor Day in early September.
Labor day as you know is a day to celebrate the working people. And the working class make up most of the underpaid/hardworking population here.  This being said, Mexicans have a history of protesting/rioting/fighting for fairness/rights on this day.

On May 1st, 06 in Mexico City  members of Mexican workers unions burnt an effigy representing politicians during a protest march.(Look at that thing, it’s huge!! What a statement!)

And last May over 900.000 headed to Zócalo (town center) of Mexico City to protest labor laws! (900,000!! Amazing!!)

So many people still think of this when they think of Mexico…..

But living here, I have found that Mexicans are some of the hardest working people I have ever known. Everyone working in Mexico, (us expats included) has to work a lot harder to make far less money than you would in Canada/USA. As well, things such as HR, benefits, job security and career training programs are FAR less frequent here. So, it makes sense that the peole of Mexico would feel the need to riot and protest when it comes to their labor rights.
To all the hardworking Mexicans, happy labor day!!!

Despite how hard the people of this country work, Mexico is still named 2nd in the happiest countries in the world.

Hmm. how interesting. What makes a happy country?

Happy Easter my friends!

Its Easter Sunday today. I woke up this morning and had a bit of a sombre moment upon realizing this is the second holiday that I have spent this year without my friends and family. Yes I know they are probably all ‘lucky girl, living in Mexico!’ and yes of course I am fortunate and grateful, but there is no amount of sun and beaches that can replace spending holidays with family.

So, I called my grandpa, and I also called my sister, who was having Easter in Moosejaw with her other side of the family. I spoke to my niece for about 3 minutes, but couldn’t hold her attention for much longer as she was amidst a very intense Easter egg hunt. And well, given those circumstances, I’m surprised I got that much time out of her!

Speaking of my sister, she is moving to Victoria! I swear there is a move-to-the-water movement happening lately, who doesn’t want to live on the Ocean! So, I am so excited for her, and listening to her get ready for the big move totally reminds me of B and I 6 months ago, selling everything, having no idea what the future holds. But, my sister is more organized than that. She’s got everything planned! Eepp, so exciting! I am so happy for her, because she has been talking about moving to the ocean for over 10 years, and I am so proud of her for following her dreams and just going!

But I miss my family, and I miss having a big Easter dinner with them. Even if we decided to celebrate Easter here, we do not have an oven, and would not want to turn on an oven regardless, as it is so hot.
I love Mexico, and B, and my life here, but honestly, I gave up a lot to come here, and holidays like these remind me of that.

In Puerto Vallarta, thousands of Nationals are celebrating Semana Santa, or Holy Week which marks the last week of lent leading up to Easter Sunday. The streets and beaches are absolutely packed, and very few gringos are seen here. It’s the Mexicans vacation time, and a very sacred holiday to them. Which, of course means a crazy amount of partying and a vibrant display of their religion (like, when Jesus and his band of followers carried the cross through the city yesterday!)

Also, I started a new job last week! (yes, another one.) After 2 months of relaxing, I figured it was time for me to start making some money again. So, my friend Poncho (who also found us this great apartment!!) posted in Facebook that they were looking for a new ‘agent’. This company does vacation rentals, real estate, concierge, etc. I have absolutely no experience in this field, and have been looking to gain some experience in something other than weddings! So, I have been doing this for 1 week, and so far, it’s going good. The hours are flexible, and I have some good friends at the office that answer my 30 questions a day! However, it is a commission only job, which admittedly does require a certain amount of optimism, luck, and faith. So, I’ve decided to give it at least a few months and see where it goes. My friends at work seem to be making good moola, so I don’t see why I can’t do that too!

Also, it’s getting VERY hot down here! The kind of hot where you can’t walk on the beach barefoot without burning your feet, and the kind that makes you lethargic and uncomfortable being in the sun for too long. And, this is only April!! I can’t imagine what we are going to do with ourselves this summer! So that being said, we have been spending more time inside, in the water, and in the pool. Thank god for the pool! I am definitely starting to see it as more of a need than a luxury here.

I need to get off the computer, and go out to do something fun! We may not have Turkey, family or Easter Eggs, but there is always the beach, the markets,  and the sunshine. And I suppose that’s not so bad.

Also, here are some of my favorite recent pictures (since I haven’t been blogging very much lately!!)

Showing off B’s awesome photography skillzzz! This was taken in our garden out on the Terrace last week. B was practicing for an upcoming photo shoot! (And me taking the opportunity to be a total diva, haha!)

This was a few weeks ago when my friends came to visit! This is Jenn and Krysta, they are so sweet! There is something so romantic and beautiful about this shot!

This is Jenn and I kayaking in Las Animas! We may look like we’re doing a great job, however this was about 30 seconds after we drove right into a large boat, haha. Awful.

This was taken on Las Animas beach a few weeks ago. That is Jenn, Krysta, Colin and D’arcy, who all visited us from Canada. We had such a silly amount of fun with them! We had a private sailboat for the day and stopped for lunch and margaritas! What a perfect day!!

This is probably my favorite shot from that trip! That evening, we sat on the balcony, drank wine, and spent hours laughing about so many ridiculous things. And I think this picture looks like GAP poster or something. Haha. Such. Awesome. Friends. I love you guys!!!

This was taken the day after my birthday a few weeks ago in Bucerias. We spent the day drinking beer on the beach, and enjoying the waves and our boogie boards! I love this shot of B and the big wave!! We played in the water for HOURS, what a great day!

This picture was taken the same day. HOW SEXY IS B!????

This is Jenn and I with my good friend Esman. This picture was taken at Andeles, which is probably the best spot to be on a Friday night in Vallarta! This was taken after too much tequila. Things got a little messy after, haha.

B took this picture the day we went out on the sailboat. This was at about 10 am in the morning and this mommy whale and the baby were jumping and playing for at least 20 minutes!  What a great picture!!

And lastly, our kitty Mittens!! (And her favorite toy!!)

The worst things about living in PV

In my last blog post, I listed 5 things I love about living in Puerto Vallarta / Mexico.

Now, the post was not to say that it’s all rainbows, but the post was about the bright side of living here.

I had a hard time writing this post because I truly love love this city, and this country, therefore it is natural for me to only point out the good things. I am also a pretty optimistic person and try to always see the best in things.

However, living in Mexico is not all a walk in the park. Some days are extremely infuriating and scary. As with any place in the world, there is good and bad.

It’s expensive

When people think of Mexico, they generally think ‘cheap’.
When it comes to the basics you need to live here, water, gas, groceries, a place to live, yes, these things are very affordable. As well, we have an abundance of local made crafts, street tacos and a plethora of local goodies that are cheap, cheap, cheap! (My ‘Mexican’ Prada sunglasses for example).
However, things such as TVs, video cameras, cars, sporting gear, designer clothes, computers, etc. are very expensive here. Basically anything you can find at Future shop, Costco, or Wal-Mart are going to be more expensive here, as these things all need to be imported, and of course there is less demand for such things. And on top of that, Puerto Vallarta is of course even more expensive because it is a tourist town, and prices are geared towards the ‘gringo with money’.

Annoying sales people

Everywhere I go, I am constantly harassed by someone wanting to sell me tours, crafts, beach junk, a timeshare, tequila, a cab ride, dinner, the list goes on. For months I tried politely declining, but it gets to be too much. Now I either try to avoid these areas in general, or if I can’t, I walk with my head down and do not acknowledge anyone. I know that sounds rude, but acknowledging them only prolongs it. The most annoying part is when you are having a meal on the beach (which is always a special treat for B and I) and you get at least 20 people walk by offering you dresses, jewellery, weed, etc. I get approached far more than B does (clearly, as it’s mostly things for women). It’s hard for me to remain calm and polite when they get really persistent.
One afternoon a lady came by our table on the beach after about 12 others selling the exact same thing. I hid my eyes with my hat (its better not to make eye contact at this point) and shook my head to suggest no. “Lady, lady, special price for you, what you want?” she persisted. She then ducked down low to see my eyes under my hat, leaned in closer and said “Lady!”. It was horribly invasive and it made me so angry! I matched her persistence and said “NO” again in a firm voice. Usually you say no once and they move on, but you get the odd person who is extremely pushy.

Even our rent at every apartment we have had, has been more expensive than others in the same building. Everywhere we go, we have to be careful. When we get the bill at a restaurant, when we buy something at the market, when we go out for a few drinks, when we get a cab. I’m not saying this always happens, but there are many situations where we are given a more expensive rate because we look like tourists. This makes me extremely angry. They just assume I have extra money lying around to give to them, because I am a ‘gringo’? And I’m not saying I want the same treatment as the nationals, but the constant pressure for my (hard earned) money is completely exhausting and infuriating on a daily basis.

Poverty

Although Puerto Vallarta is probably one of the best places to live in Mexico, some areas are still riddled with poverty and unsanitary conditions. Outside of the strip of resorts, there is an overwhelming amount of people living in very poor conditions.  A large part of the population here live with unpaved roads and lack of infrastructure. Rural areas and surrounding towns are lined with miles of shanties where many live without proper sewage systems and clean water supply. Of the 45,000 year round nations living in PV, 10% do not have a potable water supply, 8% do not have connections to a sewer/septic system, and 4% do not have electricity. Although the city has made impressive strides to improve the quality of life for their people, they still have a long way to go. For many, life is still a constant struggle, and it’s seen everywhere, even on the Malecon where sad looking beggers plead with a small cup as the tourists walk by. Even for those working, they heavily rely on seasonal tourism to keep a steady job, and the daily minimum wage is about 57 pesos, which is about $5 US a day!

Stray animals

Dogs and cats roam the streets here, usually injured, hungry, hot and thirsty, and searching through garbages for something to eat. Shelters such as the SPCA, and the PuRR Project cat rescue shelter are completely full and are exhausting every resource to help as many of these animals as they can. But with a lack of funding and volunteers, they are limited in how many animals they can take. There are simply too many strays, and not enough willing people to give them good homes. The problem of course stems from the lack of animals being spayed and neutered. It’s not seen as a priority here at all. It breaks my heart as everyday I see a hungry, sick dog or cat on the street that so badly needs to be saved.

As well, I have yet to find a greek restaurant, vietnamese food, thai food, or a good jar of dill pickles! There’s only so many tacos a girl can eat. As well, traffic is also really congested, and the beaches in the city are not that great.

So, there we have it. The ugly side of paradise. That was VERY hard for me to write, because I really do love this place.

On a happier note, today B and I are meeting our friend Nicole for a sushi buffet!! We have been here 5 months and have never once had sushi here! eeep, so excited!!!

The Vallarta Carnival Parade

Last night B and I went with our friends Diego and M to the Carnival Parade in Zona Romantica, which is the heart of Vallarta that boasts the trendiest, artisiest, most cultural-like events and places in the city.
This parade was part of a week long chain of Carnival celebrations that take place all over Mexico from March 3 − 9th. Carnival  is celebrated with parades, festivals, floats, masquerade, live music, extravagant costume, and dancing in the street. It also has significant meaning in terms of the countries culture and religion.

The Carnival is celebrated as the last indulgence of carnal pleasure during the last days of freedom leading up to lent. Lent is a period of 40 days in the Catholic religion between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It is a time of self sacrifice to commemorate the resurrection of christ.

This week long of pre-lent partying in Mexico is simply a way to get all the party and debauchery out of you before you give up the things you love during lent.

Traditionally in Mexico, the Carnival celebration starts off with a mockery of either somewhat of a disliked political figure or someone else in authority that the nationals are not fond of, sometimes they burn an effigy for symbolism. Its called the Quema del Mal Humor, or the Burning of Bad Humor.

This kicks off the Carnival celebrations and sets the tone for the party (In Canada we say ‘F*ck the man’, same idea along the lines of rebelling against authority).

Celebrations are then followed with the Coronation of the Carnival Queen, in Vallartas case, we had a locally raved about singer whose voice and presence melted hearts throughout the streets.

Festivities then end on Mardi Gras, or otherwise known as “Fat Tuesday”, which is another celebration that marks the end of revelry, and the return of temperance.

Vallartas party scene is predominately geared towards the local gay community. Vallarta is actually known as one of the most popular gay destination in the world! Second to San Francisco, of course.

This being said, the carnival parade boasted delicious eye candy for the hundreds of women and gay men lining the streets of Olas Atlas. The show was not geared towards your typical conservative tourist, yet a true representation of the lively, flamboyant and proud community in Vallarta.

It really was a marvelous show that really showed-off Vallartas truly vibrant and exuberant culture, as well as a spectacular presentation of the concept of Carnival celebrations. I wonder how many of them will actually sacrifice what they love most for lent time? Are they partying like its 1999 because they are truly bound by their religious customs, or are they taking advantage of a prime opportunity to freely indulge in lewd festivities? Hmm, I wonder.

There are others!

Last night B and I went out to the POP diner here in Vallarta for a Young Professionals in Vallarta event.

This was especially exciting for us because we were starting to think that we are the only 2 expats under 50 in this whole city! The POP diner is a trendy restaurant that has the most amazing food. I had the sliders, it was honestly the best meal I have had in Vallarta yet. I would definitely recommend this place! And they had 2 for 1 drinks. I, of course had the 2 for 1 vino tinto, which was delicious, and very much enjoyed after the long day of climbing every hill in this city searching for a decent apartment.
This is also the same place that does an all you can eat brunch on the weekends for $15, with unlimited mimosas! Wow. You know where I’ll be next weekend.

We met a lot of awesome young people at this event, from Canada and the states.  And by young I don’t mean 20 year olds, I mean working middle aged folk. Which I categorize as young, as Vallartas expat population is mostly retired folk.
I was so surprised and excited to learn how many people there are in Vallarta just like us!  People who decided that they wanted something different, didn’t know what to expect but sold everything and took a chance on a life in tropical paradise. And now they are all working there, loving life, and everyone I talked too all agreed that they would never look back, that Vallarta is now their home, and they could never imagine going back to their life before Vallarta. I feel the exact same way, despite how unsettled things feel at the moment.

I was so inspired and felt so much better about our struggles, as others all seemed to have a rocky start as well. Most of them have been living here for 2 years or more. I think it takes at least 2 years to really find your place living in a new country. We have been here for 4 months and I still feel like Im on holiday. A lady I met last night said the same thing, that she felt like she was on vacation for the first 6 months living here. But I think 2 years is a good amount of time to really adapt to the new culture, the language, and the entirely different way of life. Especially in Mexico, where everyday is a new challenge, and life is full of surprises!

After the POP diner, we went to a rooftop lounge called Twisted Palms with my friend M. This place is an ultra cool retro lounge that plays a new movie on the wall every night. Its super mellow, and has a great chilled out atmosphere.

Today the hunt for an apartment continues. Augh. We have decided that we are going to have to increase our budget for an apartment, as there is nothing at all in our desired price range that is not a complete dump. One place we looked at had not 1 but 2 trees growing through the kitchen! Some don’t have roofs, some don’t have fridges, some don’t have windows, some smell funny, some are out in the booneys. So, we have decided just to increase the budget for the apartment, and just find a way to make that money. At this point I just want a place I can call home so I can really focus on my career, and my future here in Vallarta.

Auga, por favor!

So much has happened since the last time I wrote. Last Monday we moved into a brand new apartment. We had been thinking about moving for a while for a few reasons. The first reason being that we found out that we are paying WAY too much for the old apartment. We discovered this through talking to friends who live here, and talking to our neighbors in the same building about what they are paying in rent. They had the exact same apartment in the same building for about the equivalent of $100 LESS a month! And yes we did sign a rental contract at the beginning of “high season” but can you blame me for being kind of peeved that others in the same building pay less? The second reason being that (which I totally take responsibility for, as I probably should have done more research before moving in), is the neighborhood was kind of sketchy, smelly, and it was an area for locals, and mechanic shops. No lovely coffee shops down the street, no nice restaurants near by, just a bunch of hardware/car stores. This was simply not going to work for either of us. Mostly, it was not going to work for me. Call me a princess, but I did not move to Mexico to smell car fumes, and oh, there was a CRAZY man downstairs. He threw all the food out of his kitchen into the street the night before we moved. Anyway, it was not working, at all.

So, after searching through the Mano-o-Mano, we found a large bright bachelor style suite right in the middle of the 5 of Deciembre area, which is actually, the area that we decided we wanted to live in, even before we came to Mexico. The apartment is bright, and has lots of big windows. It has a breathtaking view of the ocean, and most of the city. It’s so pretty! So, we moved in. And we got all settled. But of course this is us and of course that means that some new challenge is going to rear its head and things never ..just stay good for too long before there is something else. Sooo…that being said…

2 days into moving in (I was in Calgary at this point, as I left the day after we moved in), there is  no hot water, and no water pressure. Now after weeks of dealing with no water pressure and no hot water to shower with, we have NO WATER AT ALL!

We are on day 4 without water. That means no cleaning dishes, or cleaning anything. No flushing the toilet, and no showering here of course. Also there are all these bugs around as we cannot clean properly.  So R & C told us we could stay with them while this all gets sorted out.  Thank god we have them, as we certainly cannot afford a hotel right now.

It was a huge mistake moving into this place, it is clearly not well maintained!

Yes, there was a break in the water supply in Vallarta. But, there is also major plumbing issues in the building, hence why most of Vallarta still has water, with a few poorly built shantis exempt, our place being one of them. So we have spent the last few days frantically searching for apartments. We have been unsuccessful so far in finding something in our price range that is not a complete dump. And since I am no longer bringing in a full time income, our budget for an apartment has gone way down.

Augh. This doesn’t feel very paradisey, at all.

I’m trying to remain calm and remind myself that ‘the universe will always provide us with everything we need’. Which it isn’t right now, but I am trying my best to keep the faith.

On a happier note, I am going to start working with a few very talented ladies that do absolutely spectacular weddings!

I have admired their work since months before I moved to Vallarta, when I spotted one of their weddings in an online magazine. I am so so excited to have this amazing opportunity, and to be able to help in producing high quality and truly original weddings. Which I was of course lacking at the resort. We are also going to be going to a young professionals event tonight with my friend M.

So, despite our lack of auga, and a home that we can really get settled in,  things are still looking up. I am very optimistic and excited about our future in Vallarta!

Sheraton Sunday Brunch

This morning in Vallarta, vacationers and locals headed to the Sheratons Sunday Champagne Brunch today which boasted the most impressive selection of delicious food, an outstanding 17 man mariachi band and copious amounts of champagne and fresh orange juice. Brendan and I went with R & C, along side their 20 something retired friends. R & C are Bs parents best friends, and are like family to us. They have been such an amazing support system in our time here, and we are so fortunate to have them by our side in Vallarta. They are always looking out for us, although would never admit it. C is a wonderful lady with a contagious smile. She always organizes the most fantastic get togethers, and today, as I am not working and not exhausted, we were finally able to join them. C had been raving about this brunch for weeks, and now I see why. They had an overwhelming amount of food to choose from, including everything from spicy beef sopes, pork tostadas, mini waffles and mexican sausages, sushi rolls, huevos rancheros, omelettes, burgers, roast beef, cerviche, fresh mussels, crab, every other kind of local fish, thick chicken stew, mousse, a chocolate fountain, every kind of dessert….I could go on. It was an impressive spread, and I’ve seen a brunch or two in my years. (Brits, we love brunch). The mariachi was fantastic, almost everyone at the brunch was on their feet dancing, which eventually led to a conga line, that I somehow ended up leading! Of course. The crowd was mostly retired folk from Canada and the states, but they can party, wow!
It was a perfect morning and a I would recommend the Sheraton Brunch to absolutely everyone who comes to Vallarta! It’s seriously fun. And we were able to stay to enjoy their pool for the afternoon as well, which was a much needed oasis after all the food/champagne/congo-ing. Oh, and the whole thing was only $240 pesos each for Brendan and I. It is $350 pesos for vacationers, and if you live here, you get a discounted rate (you just have to bring your power bill). My only recommendation would be to have a glass of water in between glasses of champagne, and try to limit yourself, because with all the food and friends and dancing, it’s really easy to have say oh,,,6 or 8 glasses of champagne and not even notice! Despite the late afternoon hangover, it was still one of the best days I have had in Vallarta yet!

L