"Much more than a pretty face...." Puerto Vallarta by cybercutie

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One of my most defining moments....

This is usually the first thing people say when they hear Mexico...Puerto Vallarta...even though it is full of tourists and seems more like a salsa festival in the states, there are places that are so original and breath taking it makes you realize you are in a completely different place....

I feel the need for some reason to share something that happened to me on my second trip there, so if you care to be shared with, read on...

Here is the defining moment...

My second time in PV my sister and I decided to go together and meet up with some friends there. One day, we were crossing the street to go to the store. I was tired and a bit groggy from the fact I had gotten sunstroke the day before, drank too many cervezas the night before, and had one of the worst sunburns on the back of my legs ever. So, as we were walking, a local approached me wearing no shoes, torn shorts and dirt all over his paperthin shirt. He grabbed my arm, and my first instinct as a Canadian living in the downtown area of a big City was to hit him and run. I turned to do just that, and he handed me a lttle jar. At the time I spoke no Spanish, and he was rambling on and on...then he pointed to the back of my legs, and I realized he had given me lotion for my swollen and lobster toned calves. That is when I realized how the environment I was in made me automatically think the worst in people, instead of treating everyone with respect. It actually made me sick for a loonggg time, because I had always thought I was so friendly and positive all of the time. Yet a guy with no shoes, and not even two pesos to rub together was giving me something without expecting anything in return, just doing it because he saw I could use it...that, for me was priceless....

Anyway, that is enough of my Chicken soup for the soul today, stay tuned next time for "What I have learned from Dr. Phil McGraw"...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, fun, predictable (if you like that)
  • Cons:Touristy, too many senor-frogs like establishments
  • In a nutshell:already booked for June...enough said?
  • Last visit to Puerto Vallarta: Nov 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 28, 2004
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  • ARoman's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 10:32 AM

    Good encounter for your mind opening. Keep it up...

  • marcoparco's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2004 at 11:31 AM

    I enjoyed your chicken soup! We learn and realize something new everyday! I hope everything is going well with your travelling! Happy New Year!

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2004 at 7:16 AM

    well written site, with good comments !

  • talmid's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 9:53 PM

    Aha! You like partying in Mexico, uh? I would recommend you the beaches in the state of Oaxaca; Puerto Escondido, Huatulco...not too touristy...not yet. Enjoy your trips!

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2004 at 12:08 PM

    Mexico at that time of year...what were you thinking? You shoulda come to Italy. Love your down to earth style of writing. Pa

  • shashasharon's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2004 at 5:29 PM

    great story..pvr has been and will always be my fav spot in mexico..yelapa, the pie lady, tony's at mismaloya beach..the gringo's with sunburnt legs..haha shasha

  • CrtnShdofGrn's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2004 at 9:18 AM

    So, "cutie"...where's the rest of the story? :-)

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