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First Dock Party during COVID-19

As we plan to leave here (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) soon, heading to La Paz in Baja California, Mexico, I suggested to the neighboring cruisers that we have a Sunset Pot-Luck dock party. We enjoyed a beautiful evening with Fred and Judy on S/V Wings (USA) and Viviane and Luc on S/V O2 (Belgium, http://orinocotoo.com/).

Viviane loved the color of the Spring Rolls and wanted to take a photo. The picture came out great, showing my yummy dishes along with me as well as S/V Bad Bunny. Cooking Shrimp Tempura and Vietnamese Spring Rolls, was a lot of work but I was very happy that everyone loved my dishes.

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Pictures from Puerto Vallarta Area, Mexico

My new way of eating pear with Chile/Salt/Lime powder in Mexico

Local Fishing Boat with Recycled Vehicle Top, La Cruz Fishing Port, Mexico

Banderas Bay County Mayor Inauguration Event, La Cruz Marina, Mexico

Wedding on the Beach by La Cruz Marina, Mexico

Sunrise at La Cruz Marina, Mexico

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Hurricane and TEQUILA

Hurricane “Nora” passed right above us on Saturday, August 28th, 2021. One of the dockhands said that the worst hurricane that he had ever seen. Two sailboats were washed ashore from the anchorage. One is sitting on the beach and might be recoverable, the other sank when it struck the rocks on the jetty at the marina entrance. Knowing the arrival of “Nora”, we secured the boat as much as we can. This hurricane (Category 1) was not catastrophic but it did minor damages in the marina property and to some boats. Upcoming September is the rainiest and the busiest hurricane month in this area.

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Exercise, the Fountain of Youth

Sunrise at Marina La Cruz, Mexico

“Dwell on the beauty of life.” — Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher)

Practice brings us better living. Thus when I am awake, I practice “Dwell on the beauty of life”. It lets me to live mindfully with appreciation.

My sailing around the world has been stopped. I am happy that I am here in Mexico not in French Polynesia at this moment, living on the boat. Mexico is pretty free and laid back with COVID restrictions. There are tourists, tour boats, organized tours etc.

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Waiting Waiting Waiting

John relaxing at Waterfall in Yelapa, Mexico

From Monday to Saturday, it seems we spend lots of time waiting for contracted jobs to be completed. Waiting makes us frustrated. Because of the heat and strong sun, we don’t really push the delivery date, and it is super hard to do any outside work after 10am. To motivate ourselves, on Sundays, we committed to explore this area. I get more energy when I meet and talk to people. I feel healthier when I do outdoor activities.

PS: This area, Puerto Vallarta offers a lot to the tourists. Many condo buildings and hotels are all over.

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Patting Ourselves on the Back

Ready for Splash, La Cruz Shipyard, Mexico

The summer weather here is like being in a sauna. It didn’t stop us working on the boat, nonstop for three weeks. I started my day with a bug-spray shower. I quickly found applying sunblock lotion is useless as my sweat immediately washes it off. My main struggle was not the heat nor physical work. It was dealing with bug bites as it made me crazily itch.

An episode happened when the boat was back in the water. Somehow, the propeller of the boat was installed backwards. Driving the boat backward goes forward and vice versa.

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Macho Solo

Tool “Macho Solo” (A pair of Pliers) according to a worker when we were in Colombia

It is normal to paint the boat bottom every two to three years, in order to prevent marine growth. We have the boat hauled out in La Cruz shipyard in Mexico. The mast has been removed for corrosion/repaint work. Sails are being inspected and repaired by “North Sails” loft in Puerto Vallarta. For other projects, we hired contractors. The rest including the bottom paint, we do on our own. Strangely, I am enjoying doing physical work. It feels rewarding when a task is done.

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Boat Maintenance Time in La Cruz Marina Shipyard in Mexico

Possible heavy rain this afternoon and tonight, June 19th, 2021. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

“Sailing around the World” is still our dream. I have been sailing for last 7 years. However, just looking at the circumnavigation route on the globe, we, so far, sailed from Florida to Pacific side Mexico. We enjoyed sailing the Caribbean and two Atlantic Ocean crossing there and back, but this is not a part of our original route. We still need to sail the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the South Atlantic Ocean, about 95% to go of our plan. Pandemic seems to be delaying us 2-3 years here.

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Traveling by sailboat from Chiapas to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico

Empty Cruise Ship Terminal in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico Riviera) during COVID Time in Mexico

Puerto Vallarta in Mexico! I didn’t know much about this place until we arrived. During non-COVID times, many cruise ships stopped here. There are beautiful condo buildings and houses all over. The area looks similar to the best parts of South Florida, a combined retiree town of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Most commercial places have three flags flying at the entrance: Mexican, USA, and Canadian flags. It made me realize Mexico is a part of the North American Continent. The marina resort area is very clean and looks like a tiny Disney world with sculptured gardens and beautiful flowers.

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Traveling to San Cristobal, Chiapas State in Mexico

Agua Azul Waterfall View from Upper Area, Chiapas State, Mexico

Mexico is about three times the size of Texas, WAY bigger than I had ever imagined. There are 31 states and the Capital Mexico City; that, makes 32 Federal entities. Chiapas State is the southernmost state. It is very beautiful, huge mountains and lots of farmland. There are some ginormous mango farms near the marina and also a mango factory.

Once settled in Marina Chiapas and finding a cat-sitter, we took off for land travel by buses. Driving in a foreign country can be stressful. While taking buses enjoying the view of mountains,

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