On a rainy and foggy morning in Tepic we drove down winding mountain roads through dense jungle to get to the beachside town of Sayulita. We’ve been staying here at a sweet little RV park for the holiday season. The warm sunny days and lazy afternoons at the beach make it feel like Christmas back home in Australia.
On Christmas Eve, the campground owners and the long term residents all pitched in to put on a bit of a celebration. Christmas carols in English and Spanish, nativity scenes, kids in costumes, candles, Christmas lights and hot boozy punch. Luckily for us, the brown bus was parked right in the middle of the action.
The thing that makes it really feel like Christmas is having lots of friends around. We’re lucky enough to have the whole Prodor family here escaping the Canadian winter and we’re really happy to be able to spend a bit of time with them all again.
For Christmas dinner, Ken and Peggy took us all out to a restaurant nearby. The night started fairly quietly, but after a few cups of festive spirits our table was trading chants and Canadian folk songs with another table.
Our friend Diego tells me he doesn’t drink tequila anymore, because things get out of hand. It’s not long though before he has another round of tequila brought to the table.
Fast forward a few hours and we’re all dancing in the street in front of a bar, shoes optional, as a surf-funk-reggae-jam band rips out hit after hit. Another pub, another jam band, Armando joins them with his harmonica. Gradually our numbers dwindle as one by one we make our way from the town square back to our beds.
To top it off, a huge storm hit us sometime in the night which blew down our canopy, smashing bottles and soaking everything outside the van. We were woken by the noise and found ourselves trapped in the van by the canopy that was pushed up against the door. We both went back to sleep and decided to deal with it in the morning.
Needless to say, Boxing Day was a bit rough. But it was worth it.
Merry Christmas to everyone. And cheers to good times with good friends.