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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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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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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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Surfing in Sayulita (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Psychological barriers X-ray of the titanium plate inserted in January 2017 to bridge the comminuted break of my left collarbone I’d travelled to Sayulita with the intention of picking up surfing where I’d left off nearly 10 years ago in Australia (as a beginner who was getting regular beat downs from the ocean due to my lack of fitness/surfing experience).  In Blog 4 last week however, I mentioned that I’d reluctantly postponed my 5-day surf course with Sayulita Surf Camps because I wasn’t convinced that my broken collarbone…

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Sayulita – Pueblo Mágico (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Sayulita Life It seems that I arrived in Sayulita at just the right time, my AirBnB host Nix explained that they were in the final throes of the busy season (November to April), so most of the gringos that live in Sayulita during the northern hemisphere winter were all making their way back to Canada and the USA.  I was happy to hear this news to be honest; no one wants to be jostling shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other tourists in 30-degree heat! My first few…

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