today was a very nice and lazy day. somewhere in there we swam in the ocean, swam in a pool, ate loads of food, punctured a tire and hung out in town for a bit. its a tough life, i know.
following our all day splash in los arroyos verdes, nayou and i came down with something weird. nayou had a pretty high fever, and i had a weird feeling deep in my sinuses. the water in the pool wasn’t that clean and both of us spent a lot of time in it so i suspect there was something in there that our bodies did not like very much. poor nayou was wrapped up in blankets on the couch and kept on dozing off. you know something is wrong with the poor guy when he falls asleep spontaneously!
luckily we recovered just in time for our dear friend bodie to come down for a visit. he’s here for a whole two weeks, which is amazing! we are planning all kinds of adventures, including a week long road trip starting next monday 🙂
bodie was a gracious mule, and hauled over a kilo of chocolate (thanks aunty aya!), an unexpectedly large ergonomic keyboard, a star wars lunchbox and a toy lightsaber (thanks again aunty aya!). we are all in seventh heaven right now with our new toys. nayou has packed all of his fishing gear into the lunchbox, which he refers to as his “fish pack”. he is one happy (and healthy) camper indeed!
its birthday season here in sayulita. there are an awful lot of people born in late august, including yours truly who will be turning the ripe old age of 35 in a week. yesterday nayou’s friends maximo and costa both celebrated their 5th birthday with a party at los arroyos verdes. los arroyos verdes is a super chill area with a pool and cabins where you can set yourself up for the day, or even spend the night. its been on our radar for a while now but we never made it down there until now.
the party was pirate themed, which made it the perfect chance to use up our leftover tattoos from christmas and get crafty with some eye patches and bandannas. arrrr!
for presents, we made the birthday boys some “sea anemones” filled with treasure (marbles, coins, shells and coral), along with a story about how we came into their possession. we thought it was a cool gift although i think maxxi and costa were more excited about the lego sets that kept on streaming in.
the party itself was really fun. of course it wouldn’t have been complete without a pinata, which nayou took down with a couple of blows!
we spent lots of time in the water, ate too much cake, and came home tired and content… except for nayou, whose stomach felt a bit queasy after all that sugar!
nayou has been obsessed with fishing lately. ever since he went fishing for the first time, he has developed a big love for the sport. usually we go once a day, sometimes two. we’ve made some fishing lines out of plastic bottles which have proven to be very sturdy and efficient.
our favourite place to go fishing is off the rocks at playa de los muertos. muertos, as the locals call it, is a small beach just around the point from sayulita. we never spent much time there during our first stay here, but this time its our go-to beach. its small, tranquil, and has a good amount of fish.
today we spent most of the day fishing and swimming at meurtos. we being our beach umbrella for shade onto the rocks, although it keeps on getting blown away by the wind and i have to jump in and get it. at least we got another photo for my sexy man calendar i’m putting together.
we bought some shrimp from the local fish shop to use as bait, but the cunning fish ate them all up without getting hooked.
then some fishermen came by on their boat to catch some sardines for bait. brenda got their attention and they happily shared some of them with us. shortly after, brenda hooked a big fish! we don’t know what kind it is, but it has a lot of dense meat on it. its fish taco night at our house tonight (except for me… i’m sticking with the vegetarian options :))!
yesterday we spent the morning at tierra luz, an eco-community just outside sayulita. our friends jess and alyssa plus their son atticus are the managers of the community. they invited us to come and pick some cucumbers they had planted as part of their food forest. we found some gigantic ones hiding under the vines – and they only planted the seeds a month ago! everything thrives with the rain and the heat!
after our cucumber plundering, we all went back to our house where alyssa made nayou this palm frond crown. nayou kind of looks like a young jesus…
the partay continued with dinner at another friend’s house. miranda is house sitting a gorgeous place on the outskirts of town, and we got to hang out in the jungle for a little bit. its so nice to be out in nature because everything is so lush!
sayulita is a town made up of a rag-tag bunch of pirates from literally every walk of life. there are writers, artists, athletes, professors, healers, millionaire moguls, you name it. for example, our friend and neighbour risa is an accomplished surf instructor and a film maker. last week i met the guy who came up with the idea of “21 jump street” and “the a-team“. i’ve also had the opportunity to hang out with anne menke a while back. they all call sayulita home.
the upshot of having such a large amount of diversity is that trading skills becomes a way of life. i’ve traded yoga classes for massages, logo design for photo shoots and technical help for good karma. brenda, who has blossomed into a talented seamstress, has been making very cute beach dresses and the ladies in sayulita have taken notice.
one of these ladies is our friend rebecca, hair stylist extraordinaire with almost three decades of experience. she cut our hair in exchange for brenda making her a dress. nayou and i were both looking pretty feral these days, having not had our hair cut since cape town… possibly even before!
nayou really likes rebecca. and rebecca really likes nayou. its a regular love fest when those two are together.
we set up a makeshift salon in our back patio. it was very nice to have an outdoor haircut with good music and good conversation. nayou was the first to get shorn and he looks super cute. the back of his neck was getting super sweaty in the swelter of summer, but now its free and he seems much more comfortable. here he is BC (before cut):
after that it was my turn. check out my mullet. i know this is considered hip in some parts of the world, but its not for me.
and here i am on the other side. its pretty much the same cut i had before the cut, just shorter. its so similar, in fact, that most of my friends haven’t even noticed i got a cut!
rebecca didn’t have time to get to brenda, but the men of the family are looking much more respectable now. thanks rebecca!