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Travel Guide: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

March 18, 2020

Susan spent a week with friends in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico back in January!

In addition to Zihuatenjo earlier this year, I stayed for a week in lovely Bucerias, Mexico with friends Julie Anderson and Tony Kramer. Although it rained for 3 days straight (unheard of in Mexico at that time of year) it allowed us to shop for a few days. Day one was in the town of Sayulita, previously a tiny fishing and surfing village. At Evoke the Spirit we found gorgeous embroidered skulls that take the artisans 10-13 days to create. Tony purchased a brightly colored one for his home! I bought an orange cross body handmade leather purse for travel- think Hermes orange, linen pants, a purple sun hat and even a bathing suit.

On the second day we took an authentic Mexican cooking class with Eva in San Pancho (San Francisco). Earlier that same day Julie and I had a private silks yoga class for the two of us! The instructor was a former circus performer. And then of course, more shopping!  From Luna Layne, I purchased gorgeous wool blankets and pillows with poms. I wonder which client’s home they will be perfect for.

Once the sun came out, we traveled back to San Pancho and spent a day at the Beach Club. It was lovely with a pool overlooking the private beach. The food was delicious and the cocktails much needed after a few long walks on the beach.  And all for $20 a day!  I read three books while in Bucerias: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Educated by Tara Westhover and Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. I thought I was a fast reader, but Tony read at least 6 books! Lucky for us the rain did not ruin the Street Festival and Chalk Art Walk in Bucerias, in which 25 artists created art on the streets/sidewalks around the theme, “One Love- Celebrating Unity Throughout the World”.  While sitting at the infinity pool, I was fascinated by the clouds as I have never seen so many in Mexico. Plus, I noticed that the water was a different color than Zihuantanejo as were the sand patterns left by the waves.

All in all, a very relaxing few weeks.

Susan Brunstrum
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