Sayulita

DOGS ON THE BEACH

The Sayulita beaches are super lovely. I was thinking about why we like them so much, and several things came to mind. One is that there are no big hotels here. This brings a certain human scale to things - we are all little people. There are no big weddings, photo shoots with drones or noisy crowds. (At the resorts where I have taught yoga the wedding frequency was normally minimum one a day). Almost no one smokes on the beach. The vendors are friendly. And there are lots of locals.

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I remember the first time we visited Sayulita I was struck by the dogs on the beach. They are all pretty well behaved and belong to someone. And this time we of course took little Rebi to enjoy some Vitamin D with us. We know that when you take a dog to the beach you have to have an umbrella and provide it some shade. You also need to take a water bowl and some fresh water, especially if you have a little puppy that can get dehydrated pretty quickly.

Here is Lili with Rebi. Later on Rebi dug a little hole in the cool sand under our umbrella and just curled in it and had a long snooze. And why not? She still had stitches on her belly from the spay, the wind was gentle and the sound of the waves hummed a perfect afternoon lullaby.

Here is Lili with Rebi. Later on Rebi dug a little hole in the cool sand under our umbrella and just curled in it and had a long snooze. And why not? She still had stitches on her belly from the spay, the wind was gentle and the sound of the waves hummed a perfect afternoon lullaby.

Rebi snoozing. 

Rebi snoozing. 

Then one day I saw a huge dog on the beach. It was a St. Bernard. It's not very often you see those even in Vancouver. And then there was a second one. And what? A third! Now this was something totally uncommon. 

And then there was their owner, a Mexican man, who abruptly kicked off his shoes, his hat and sunglasses and sprinted right into the waves. And the three huge dogs followed him right in.  It was so striking - a man and three huge dogs bathing in the ocean to cool off. And they all loved it. 

I was not the only person who stopped to watch and take pictures! 

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RIDING WITH PABLO

Here is one more huge gift we received from volunteering at Sayulitanimals: we got to know a really great place where to ride horses  - at Vista Paraiso with Pablo Braunschweig. People drive here all the way from Puerto Vallarta to take lessons.

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It is a gorgeous riding school with many lovely horses, and a proper jumping ring. Karen rides here, and took us with her one day to see the place. It looks like we may end up having time for six  lessons before we move on next week. 

Wow... I like it here. 

Wow... I like it here. 

Here Lili is practicing in the kids ring with Snowball. She is learning to keep her hands lower - check other photos for progress.

Here Lili is practicing in the kids ring with Snowball. She is learning to keep her hands lower - check other photos for progress.

Lili likes this picture. The helmet was a bit too big and it was falling on her face, but Lili thinks it gives a certain solidity, a 'military look'. This was also the first time Lili was riding with a crop.

Lili likes this picture. The helmet was a bit too big and it was falling on her face, but Lili thinks it gives a certain solidity, a 'military look'. This was also the first time Lili was riding with a crop.

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Here is Lili with Planet. 

Here is Lili with Planet. 

Nice riding girl portrait. 

Nice riding girl portrait. 

Learning to care for the gear.

Learning to care for the gear.

Showering Planet. It was a hot morning so I think both rider and horse were a bit sweaty.

Showering Planet. It was a hot morning so I think both rider and horse were a bit sweaty.

 

And here are some of our friends for inspiration: 

 

Karen doing a beautiful jump.  

Karen doing a beautiful jump.  

This is one of the 'big girls'. Unfortunately I do not know her name.

This is one of the 'big girls'. Unfortunately I do not know her name.

And here goes Stephanie on Apollo.  She has been such a kind and supportive teacher for Lili.

And here goes Stephanie on Apollo.  She has been such a kind and supportive teacher for Lili.

21 SPAYS AND NEUTERS IN A DAY

Yes - on our second clinic day at Sayulitanimals, a total of 21 animals got operated on. It feels really good to be able to help at this special place, and again our day was filled with learning and making more friends.

 

Holding puppies is the best! Note Lili's shirt in this picture. Shortly after this she was 'marked' by a runny instalment of puppy poo. So for the rest of the day she wore a scrub shirt like a real healthcare pro. 

Holding puppies is the best! Note Lili's shirt in this picture. Shortly after this she was 'marked' by a runny instalment of puppy poo. So for the rest of the day she wore a scrub shirt like a real healthcare pro. 

Dante came to help for half a day too. 

Dante came to help for half a day too. 

Dr. Rob in action with a cat. Did you know that cats do not close their eyes under anaesthetic?

Dr. Rob in action with a cat. Did you know that cats do not close their eyes under anaesthetic?

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Lili doing a great job moving animals. 

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Andrea and Karen shaving a feral cat.  

Andrea and Karen shaving a feral cat.  

Mike and Dante in the recovery area. 

Mike and Dante in the recovery area. 

Well done everyone!   Sara, Shelley, Karen, Cynthia, Mike, Andrea, Lili, Dr. Grethel, Dante. 

Well done everyone! 

Sara, Shelley, Karen, Cynthia, Mike, Andrea, Lili, Dr. Grethel, Dante. 

MEXICO ATMOSPHERE

Here are some general photos of things and life in Mexico. It is very relaxed, warm and nice here. ... for the most part ;)

 

How is his for a beach buggy? 

How is his for a beach buggy? 

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In Mexico, you can buy many things from the back of a car. Here are a couple of examples - first pastries in Sayulita, and then a fellow who basically operates an entire farmers market from the back of a pick up truck in San Pancho. 

In Mexico, you can buy many things from the back of a car. Here are a couple of examples - first pastries in Sayulita, and then a fellow who basically operates an entire farmers market from the back of a pick up truck in San Pancho. 

Lots of dogs, and chihuahuas especially. (Lili made a drawing of a little dog and wrote next to it: CHIWAWA).

Lots of dogs, and chihuahuas especially. (Lili made a drawing of a little dog and wrote next to it: CHIWAWA).

So here is an amigo who is not so relaxed. It is hard to see but he is actually armed to the teeth - real Rambo style. Semi-automatic rifle, the works. There are two guys here and they are servicing an ATM machine, putting lots and lots of cash in. He did not like to be photographed.

So here is an amigo who is not so relaxed. It is hard to see but he is actually armed to the teeth - real Rambo style. Semi-automatic rifle, the works. There are two guys here and they are servicing an ATM machine, putting lots and lots of cash in. He did not like to be photographed.

Here are Charlie and Melanie, the owners of our hotel, showing how Mexicans pass their free afternoons. Just put a chair on the sidewalk outside your home, open a beer, and you are set. 

Here are Charlie and Melanie, the owners of our hotel, showing how Mexicans pass their free afternoons. Just put a chair on the sidewalk outside your home, open a beer, and you are set. 

And here a couple of rocking chairs I spotted in San Pancho for the same purpose. Note the bottle holder! 

And here a couple of rocking chairs I spotted in San Pancho for the same purpose. Note the bottle holder! 

YAY FRIENDS - PETER!

Our good old friend Peter is here spending some sunny days in Mexico. Yay! He got duly a bit sunburnt on the first day but since then everything has gone fine. We have visited San Pancho, Bucerias and Punta de Mita with him and in general had a groovy time. 

 

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Brunch in San Pancho. Dr. Grethel (the vet at Sayulitanimals) joined us - she lives in San Pancho.

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Visiting a chi-chi store at Punta Mita. We liked the paintings!

Hanging out in the backstreets of Punta Mita. 

Hanging out in the backstreets of Punta Mita. 

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Peter loves coconut, and we bought a stack of pastries last night. The macaroons were made with coconut and honey - way too sweet for me... 

MOSAICO WORKSHOP

Lili learned about making mosaics today.  She took a workshop here in Sayulita and made a beautiful heart. Here are some pictures of the process.

In the beginning Lili chose to work on a heart. Then she chose some of the colours she liked. 

In the beginning Lili chose to work on a heart. Then she chose some of the colours she liked. 

Here is Lili with her instructor Maria. Rebi is lying by Lili's feet, she did so well during the entire three hours of the workshop.

Here is Lili with her instructor Maria. Rebi is lying by Lili's feet, she did so well during the entire three hours of the workshop.

Here is the heart with all glass pieces cut, fit in and glued. 

Here is the heart with all glass pieces cut, fit in and glued. 

Then it was time for the grouting. Lili chose white grout. 

Then it was time for the grouting. Lili chose white grout. 

Pushing the grout into all little cracks, then the rest got cleaned off. 

Pushing the grout into all little cracks, then the rest got cleaned off. 

Yay - here it is! 

Yay - here it is! 

Have a love filled day. 

Have a love filled day. 

HELPING OUT AT SAYULITANIMALS

 

Today Lili and I volunteered for the whole day at Sayulitanimals, a spay and neuter clinic. It was a great experience for both of us, learning about animal care and veterinary medicine. In all, about twenty surgeries were completed today, as well as dog washing, rabies shots, flea treatments and more. We got to know Dr. Grethel the Mexican staff vet and Dr. Rob, a volunteer vet from Vancouver Island, as well as regular volunteers Karen and Cynthia. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming of us, and Lili got to help and watch right at surgery. How cool is that?

We will definitely go back next week.

The day started with scooping poo. It's a good job to do and Lili cleaned the entire yard.  

The day started with scooping poo. It's a good job to do and Lili cleaned the entire yard.  

Lili learning to wash the puppies. Many of them have fleas. This one is called Rebi (Rebecca).

Lili learning to wash the puppies. Many of them have fleas. This one is called Rebi (Rebecca).

This little guy just had a bath and will soon be spayed.

This little guy just had a bath and will soon be spayed.

Here Dr. Rob is looking for a vein in a chihuahua. He needed a bit more anesthetic since after neutering he also had some teeth taken out.  There are no exam lights so Karen used her phone flashlight.

Here Dr. Rob is looking for a vein in a chihuahua. He needed a bit more anesthetic since after neutering he also had some teeth taken out.  There are no exam lights so Karen used her phone flashlight.

Lili helping Cynthia lift an anesthetised puppy to the surgery table. 

Lili helping Cynthia lift an anesthetised puppy to the surgery table. 

Lili in surgery with Dr. Grethel. This dog had a growth in its uterus and it all had to come out. 

Lili in surgery with Dr. Grethel. This dog had a growth in its uterus and it all had to come out. 

Here one of the puppies is being spayed.

Here one of the puppies is being spayed.

This is the PAR - post anasthetic recovery area.  The dogs are being monitored and kept warm while the anesthetic wears off.

This is the PAR - post anasthetic recovery area.  The dogs are being monitored and kept warm while the anesthetic wears off.

Dr. Grethel and Dr. Rob. 

Dr. Grethel and Dr. Rob. 

This little cat, E.T. is healing at Sayulitanimals after it was found injured in town. Lili loves cuddling him.

This little cat, E.T. is healing at Sayulitanimals after it was found injured in town. Lili loves cuddling him.

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MOTHER DAUGHTER FUN

Regular readers of this blog will know that I lost my makeup bag somewhere along this trip. I am not sure where it was left but I think it was meant to be lost. 

So yesterday we went on an epic food stockpiling trip to Bucerias (Sayulita gets 'bought out' during Easter by the thousands of people who come here) and Lili and I went to look for discount cosmetics at the supermarket. We scored pretty well. And then Lili wanted to try it all out.

 

Lili doing mom's eyes

Lili doing mom's eyes

Hmmm... so this is eyeliner. 

Hmmm... so this is eyeliner. 

Lili in her Amy Winehouse look. 

Lili in her Amy Winehouse look. 

Lili did m makeup.

Lili did m makeup.

Here is some of the food haul. Note the cat food!

Here is some of the food haul. Note the cat food!

WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED

....by a cat. This is true - in our apartment in Sayulita there is a cat - sort of no one's cat - and apparently the last guests named her Phoebe. (This is fun because Lili has a very good friend also called Phoebe).

Good morning! Here is Lili at the crack of dawn and Phoebe is already rummaging in our kitchen in search of a gourmet breakfast. (Note Lili's brand new horse tattoo on the left arm). 

Good morning! Here is Lili at the crack of dawn and Phoebe is already rummaging in our kitchen in search of a gourmet breakfast. (Note Lili's brand new horse tattoo on the left arm). 

Now Phoebe the cat rules the place here. She jumps on the counters in our awesome outdoor kitchen searching for food, and moans very loudly outside our bedroom in the morning reminding us of our duty to provide her breakfast. And she would eat all day, thank you very much.

 

Quick cuddles. 

Quick cuddles. 

Feeding time. We went to the vet office here in Sayulita and bought a couple of cans of cat food. It was chicken with rice. Phoebe sure likes it.

Feeding time. We went to the vet office here in Sayulita and bought a couple of cans of cat food. It was chicken with rice. Phoebe sure likes it.

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Looking at the garbage can with wishful eyes - the empty cat food jar is in there. Who knows what kind of theories a young cat brain can create out of that?

Breakfast buddies. 

Breakfast buddies. 

And this spoon is mine. 

And this spoon is mine.