the ever awesome nara showed us how to make bread at her house. we put some amaranth in it, and ate it all up as soon with some butter and agave as it came out of the oven. delicious!
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!
ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present the second installment of nayou’s documentary series. this one is about a topic dear to all of our hearts – food. we were inspired to shoot a food documentary after nayou started concoting all kinds of recipes in the kitchen a couple of months ago. he has made us some delicious infused waters (some of which we sold from a stand outside our house), some great roasted vegetables and many other weird and whacky dishes. it was clear that he loves to play in the kitchen so we decided to film his antics and share it with the world.
so without further ado, here is the world premiere of nayou’s food documentary. bon appetit!
that is a good question! i suppose you wouldn’t know given how infrequently we’re posting stuff these days. we have been pretty busy, what with the summer holidays and all. here are some photos to show you some of the mischief we have been up to.
one night we made a fire on the beach.
nayou has been very much into making fires these days. despite the stinking heat, we often gather up leaves and sticks from our backyard and have a little bonfire. its nice to cook potatoes in the embers too!
occasionally nayou will wash the dishes for us.
last week brenda had a big burst of creative energy and our house turned into a giant art project. now we have some new splashes of colour in our already vibrant household!
you live pretty close to nature in sayulita. especially in the summer, all kinds of critters and random animals come out. we’ve been seeing fireflies, iguanas, hermit crabs, minnows, the occasional horse and loads of centipedes. check out this bright green guy nayou caught.
some evenings once it starts to get cool we go down to the plaza and hang out. you can usually find someone you know there and just chill for a while.
nayou and i have slowly been filming more footage for our next documentary. its going to be about food and cooking. our good friend narayani showed us how to make pizza dough from scratch.
the last time we lived here back in 2010, we came very close to buying some land that is part of an eco-community called tierra luz. we ended up taking a rain check because the project was in its very early stages and we just weren’t ready to commit. since then, the members of the community have done some amazing work on the land and it looks really nice. we’ve become good friends with the managers of the community and are very excited to see where they are going to take it. here is nayou having an explore on the property.
here is some gratuitous cuteness to finish off the post. till next time!