Wintering In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico For 2016

It’s almost that time of the year again. Chill is already permeating in the air and the greens will quickly wither soon.

Before winter depression kicks in, I think it is time to book a flight once again to Mexico. But I am changing destination again this time.

Puerto Vallarta bus station

Puerto Vallarta bus station

Although I would really love to be in Acapulco again because of the connection I made with people and a semi-permanent address I already established there, the latest issues with the city does not seem to be changing anytime soon.

So, for this trip, I will be at Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta is a gringo paradise. From my research, many Canadians & Americans call PVR home – either temporarily or permanently. And on this trip, I’m taking into consideration making her my long-stay home, as well.

Puerto Vallarta was never in my plan. Just like Mexico was not originally on my agenda. But when I briefly visited Puerto Vallarta last time, I liked what I experienced there and I’m interested in exploring the place more.

Puerto Vallarta beach

Puerto Vallarta beach

While most Canadians stay at gringo enclaves of the city – I don’t consider myself a gringo, so, I plan on staying at mostly Mexican neighborhoods; probably stay in a cheap hotel for a day or two, but will move as soon as possible.

Last time I was there, I stayed in a 100% Mexican neighborhood. Nobody speaks English, so I was forced to speak only in Spanish, which I find very challenging!

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

And I was very surprised to find that a typical Mexican neighborhood have so much similarity to a typical neighborhood in my homeland (the Philippines).

Everything looks so familiar. It feels so familiar that it didn’t take me even a minute to adjust to the situation.

Experiences like this remind me of my days in the Philippines and that’s probably why more and more I am loving Mexico. Mexico is very close to Canada with a culture and weather that is almost like my homeland – the only missing part to make it complete was the Filipino food.

And that is why I am now learning to cook Filipino food! So, wait for me once more, Mexico! I’m coming over!

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