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Puerto Escondido to Sayulita (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Sunset surf session at La Punta The three main beaches to surf in Puerto Escondido are Zicatela, La Punta and Carrizalillo; La Punta is located right at the far end of Playa Zicatela and is known for having less ferocious waves but quite a strong current to paddle against.  I only managed to get to La Punta once during my time in Puerto and that was as a spectator, but you don’t always need to be on a board to enjoy the views…or the animals. Looking back towards…

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Surfing in Puerto Escondido (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Life at the Hostel Vivo Escondido Despite having been in Mexico for nearly 4 months, this was the first time that I’d actually spent more than one or two nights at a hostel, the previous places being either AirBnBs or staying at Misión México.  I’ve experienced plenty of hostels during my previous travels so I know you have to adopt a generally laid back attitude in order to make the most of them.  As with most things in life, plan for the worst and hope for the best….

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Puerto Escondido to Mexico City…and back again (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Flying from Puerto Escondido to Mexico City After my quick 18 hour stay in Puerto Escondido I was off to the airport to travel to Mexico City and meet someone very special.  Wandering one block down from the excellent Vivo Escondido Hostel near Playa Carrizalillo, it’s easy to grab a taxi to Puerto Escondido airport and it shouldn’t cost more than $50 Pesos (about £2 GBP).  The airport itself is tiny, walking distance from the front doors to check in, through security and into one of two departure…

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Tapachula to Puerto Escondido (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Saying goodbye to the kids After having spent 8 weeks living and working with the kids at Misión México in Tapachula there were definitely some mixed emotions when it came time to say goodbye.  In response to staff and fellow volunteers asking me what my experience had been like during the 2 months of volunteering, I found myself giving the same answer each time; it had been 50% good, 50% bad. I think most people expect you to say things like, “Oh it’s been amazing! What a life-changing…

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Mexico to Guatemala…and back again (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: The Hippy Skate Party @ Misión México The staff, volunteers and kids had all put a lot of effort into preparations for the Hippy Skate Party, including making decorations, tye-dying 30+ t-shirts, various cooking experiments, and even frozen watermelon lollies…so obviously in true sod’s law fashion the heavens opened and it went tropical-monsoon-crazy on us just as festivities were set to begin! We didn’t let that dampen our spirits though (even if everything else in sight was utterly drenched).  I’d have to say the highlight was getting to…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – The Finale (Mexico 2017)

The Skate Comp So this week I’m going to change it up a little bit and dust off my pretty basic video editing skills (did someone say ‘Windows Movie Maker’? ;P) it seemed like the best way to report on the mini skate competition we had last Saturday.  Like I’ve said before, no one wants to read about skateboarding, you wanna see it!     This competition was a first for me in the fact that I organised the majority of the event and also acted as cameraman, sure it…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter Three (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Ups and downs It’s been an emotional week here at Misión México, amongst the usual ups and downs the kids were finally presented with their new skate shoes, and we also said farewell to our little friend Salvador (not his real name for security reasons).  Due to a change in his family’s circumstances Salv has been able to go and live full-time with his sister. I was quite moved by the palpable emotions on display during the days leading up to him leaving; he shared a room with…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter Two (Mexico 2017)

This past week at Misión México has been all about skateboarding in various forms; from repairing ramps, to buying new skate shoes for the kids, teaching them how to mount grip-tape on new boards, and even a trip down to the local Los Laureles Skatepark. It’ll be another photo based blog this week, because let’s be honest, no one wants to read about skateboarding, you wanna see it! Part 1: Los Laureles Skatepark Last Saturday the kids were clamouring to get out of the refuge for a couple of hours…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter One (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Finishing the grind box build After what seems like an age we finally got around to completing the grind box at Misión México; I must say I’m really happy with the finished product.  There’s a simple joy in creating and building things which I think reflects a deeper truth about what drives us as human beings.  It’s only a bunch of wood bolted together with some blue and green paint slapped on top but there were quite a few people involved in the project overall; and more importantly,…

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Volunteering with Misión México in Tapachula – Chapter Two (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Skate Mexico 2017 Let’s just say life at Misión México has been an ‘eclectic experience’ during the past month.  Last week’s blog described the initial stages of learning about volunteering and getting to know the niños; this week will be more photography based as we cover the progression of the Skate Mexico 2017 project. I was delighted in late May this year when the Skate Mexico 2017 crowdfunding campaign succeeded in raising over $3,000 USD in 6 months for the kids at Misión México (thanks again to all…

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