Día de Muertos (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Feeling like Death Things took a turn for the worse a day or so after my first surf lesson with Sayulita Surf Camps, not because of anything they did though. I’d had a great morning’s surf at La Lancha near Punta de Mita with Carlos (owner of Sayulita Surf Camps) and had even enjoyed private tuition since there hadn’t been any other folks in the lesson that day.  Don’t get me wrong, I surfed like absolute rubbish and barely managed to stand up on any waves, but I…


The Good Kind of Gringo? (Mexico 2017)

You may remember from the last blog update in early September that Sayulita was looking a little worse for wear after the rainy season.  This came as a bit of a shock to me at the time since I had expected to return to the bright and sunny Sayulita I remembered from May, well, a valuable lesson learnt about Mexican weather patterns I suppose. I had also been so keen to get back out on the waves and continue developing my surf fitness that I went a bit OTT on…


The Indomitable Mexican Spirit

I feel like I’ve been in Mexico long enough now to offer an opinion on the country and its people, and the fact that Mexico has just suffered two huge earthquakes in as many weeks has given me plenty of food for thought. 4 months spent in this land of zesty colour and cacophonous sound has been a timely re-education in the importance of not judging by appearances, and that the best way to break down intercultural barriers is simply to sit down and chat with people. My first few…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…


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 was only…


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…