I’m Going to the Beach

I’m going to the beach today. Which means I must apologize because this post is going to be a bit hurried, I’m supposed to meet a guy named Joshua at the Central de Zapopan on the west edge of Guadalajara at 11am and I want to allow at least an hour to get there, just in case there’s traffic or construction or some kind of protest, which is highly possible, not to say likely.

The place we’re staying in Sayulita should be pretty decent:

Nice and cheap, which I like, and also doesn’t have wifi. At first I was bummed about this: No wifi? How am I going to check my Instagram every 3.4 seconds? How am I going to check Facebook? How am I going to watch YouTube chess videos? But then I realized that not having wifi is not the end of the world. I mean, I can think of a few things that are worse. Not a lot. But a few things.

Sayulita, in case your Mexican coastal geography is poor, is basically due west of GDL:

It’s a gringo town, which means there are a ton of gringos, and the prices are ridiculously high. I’ve gotten used to how cheap things are in GDL. I’ve gotten spoiled. Spending even $5 on lunch in GDL would be outrageous. But I’m sure Sayulita prices are the same as the US, though since there are locals living there there must be places that cater to these locals, which means there must be places that are cheaper.

I was excited to surf in Sayulita, though it looks like there won’t really be waves. There weren’t waves last time I was there. Does Sayulita ever get waves? Someone also told me the sewage system in Sayulita isn’t — well — that basically there isn’t a sewage system. All the waste from the town goes right into the ocean on the beach right in front of the town. Honestly, I’ve only ever had lunch there, but I kind of hate Sayulita. But luckily we’re not staying in town. Casa Cascada is on a 15-hectare property just outside of the town. It has a pool. And there’s no wifi.

And I don’t know what a hectare is.

And now I should probably go. I want to get a 15 pesos fruit cup before hitting the road, since I haven’t eaten anything today. Last night I got invited to a get together at an apartment in Chapalita and a group of us sat on the roof and, since it was Valentine’s Day, each gave a short speech. Mine was terrible. I said something about how being up on the roof gave me a different perspective of GDL and made me like it more. And then Kike, one of the guys there, caught wind of the fact that I was a Spanish teacher.

“All right, proFEsor,” he said, “Enlighten me. What’s the word in Spanish for when the sun paints the clouds orange and pink in the late afternoon?”

“Sunset?”

“No.”

I had no idea.

“Arrebolar,” he said. “What’s the word for the smell of rain?”

“There’s a word for that?”

“Petricor.”

And so I sat on the roof thinking for a bit about not matter how much I ever know, there will still be a sea of ignorance extending in front of me.

Which is fine. By the end of today, the actual sea will be extending in front of me.

2 Comments

  • Val says:

    Yes, there are waves in Sayulita, although they are usually smaller beginner type waves. Your information received regarding the sewer system is incorrect and simply not true. Phase one of the massive sewer infrastructure upgrade is nearly complete and there is no sewage entering the river or spilling on the beach. There is a water treatment plant that treats the effluent and ejects the treated water into the river.
    Sayulita is a multicultural town. There are people from all over the world who live and own businesses as well as visit, people from France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Belgium, etc. as well as Canadians and Americans. The tourist equation has really shifted though and you will find many more national tourists (from within Mexico) throughout the year.
    Have an open mind and have a good time in Sayulita 🙂

    • Mark Wetzler says:

      Hi Val,

      I appreciate the comment. I literally walked by open sewage water on the beach a couple nights ago, walking along the beach from the main part of the town to the Camaron campground. As you say it’s quite possible there is a sewer infrastructure upgrade on the way, but the simple fact is that right now there is sewage water draining onto the beach, and I can only imagine it seeps into the ocean from there. I’m not trying to demonize the powers at be for this problem (OK, I am a little bit) simply stating something I observed, with my very own nostrils, this weekend.

      Sayulita may be some people’s cup of tea. It is definitely not mine. I love Mexico with all of my heart and maybe could even one day learn to love Sayulita, but I don’t see myself going out of my way for this process to take place.

      Que estes bien and thank you for the comment,

      Mark

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