The cantina next to our house that plays Mexican music 12 hours day is really a brothel. This speaks volumes.
(Need to write more. Need to write more.)
Two days ago I decided it was my last night. I tried to get things done, got nothing done, couldn't communicate because I don't know spanish & just felt terrible in spite of myself. But still, I needed to get stuff done so - one more night. It's Sayulita tradition to have one Last Night, & one Last Last Night. No one believes I am going. Yesterday I went kayaking all day, hung out with friends, got nothing done & felt great! I would stand in the street & shout I'M LEAVING & skip all the way home.
Today is a great day to leave. For no reason other than it feels great to be leaving! I've settled all my debts, sold my surfboard & said all my goodbyes - which are never enough. I had tears in my eyes simply because I have such good friends. Last night was a great last night.
Without the truth of the eyes, the happy fake were blind.
A Sayulita pub crawl looks like this:
Camarones, last night dinner, Yo Yo's, campfire, Pato's, El Tigre, Pato's, Dragon Rojo.
Camarones is the sweet beach bar by the campground. They generally play reggae or dancehall music & it's shrouded in christmas lights. Many days we meet here for drinks at sunset after a day on the surf. Sometimes if the girl is working she free pours the drinks & you can have a tab. I keep thinking I'll walk off without paying, but haven't yet.
It was Charlie & Vanessa's (Gabriola Island) last night, my last night & Teddy's (Calgary) last night, so we had a potluck dinner at Zena's with Levi, Tamara & Suzy. Wine, sushi from Heylo (who only does it Fridays & Saturdays but it's so good!), salsa, hummus & chips, meatballs, etc. Playing with baby Tayah & chatting with Teddy about music & anything.
Yo Yo Mo's is the sports bar by the river Simon owns with 25 peso drinks. We'll stop in there for cheap mixed drinks or shots & check out the scene & maybe even play some pool before heading out. Levi spends tons of time here during the day because of the good wifi. They have awesome pizza & really good chips with ranch dip.
The boys at the campground Camarones almost always plan to have a campfire, but sometimes just spend the whole night trying to convince people to come down for it. Yesterday when we went kayaking, Kyle spearfished a massive Rooster Fish & cooked it up by the fire. Like 15 pounds. Apparently it was quite good.
Bar Don Pato's is where the band plays. I swear I've seen them about 30 times. We know all the guys in the band - Novio, Abraham, Mariano, Marco, Moses & they've got a sweet new trombonist from Argentina that puts a seriously good swing on things. They're called Raises Negras - the Black Roots. Loads of fun & dancing.
Bathroom break at El Tigre across the Plaza from Pato's. More mainstream, a bit alternative dancy music. When the band's done we'll go there for a drink & more dancing & to be immersed in their surfing movies. Tigre is a former pro surfer who owns it. Mezmorizing videos. Seriously. I can't believe some things are possible.
Second set at Pato's.
Dragon Rojo's name was change to Tekari. The manager Roxanna came up to me one day & simply told me she's seen me around & thinks I'm awesome. Benson is a wicked bartender. Ronaldo is a cool dj & we talk about all things music. Sometimes either at the beginning or end of the night he'll play our songs. Last night the last song of the night was for me - Nosebleed Section by Hilltop Hoods. He knows all my favourites. What a guy! We generally make some sort of scene here.
I am running out of town to get out of the vortex that is Sayulita. At some point during the blur of last night, possibly at 4 or 5am, I convinced Tamara to come with me! I've got more stories but it's practically siesta time & we've got some ground to make up. I love it here, but I feel so great about leaving!
Beauty in life is found in the moment. Never search anywhere else.