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Temporary Mexican ResidentSteve
The reason we've been here in Banderas Bay for so long is due to the fact that three weeks ago I applied for my Mexican Temporary Resident card (FM-3). I was told that it would take 2-3 weeks to be processed. Today I went to the local Mexican immigration office, was finger printed and issued my FM-3... making me a temporary resident of Mexico. There were many reasons for my decision to become a resident of Mexico, the biggest benefit is that I no longer need to return to the US every 6 months to be reissued a tourist visa...as I am no longer a tourist here. I'm sure that most of my Mexican friends will still consider me a tourist just the same.
02/18/2012, mmm...Pueto Vallarta
Today we made the 4 nautical mile (NM) passage from Nuevo Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta. You might think that a 4 NM wouldn't make to much difference in our overall style of life....think again. We are now in the mega marina, Marina Vallarta. As we made our way into the marina entrance this morning we had to squeeze past a 200 foot mega yacht on her way out, and then tied up in the middle of the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
What's wrong with this place?Steve
02/16/2012, Nuevo Vallarta
When we first arrived in the tourist Mecca of Nuevo Vallarto over two weeks ago I remember thinking, " OK, we'll meet Kathy and Brian, have a little tourist fun, and then get the hell out as fast as possible". Well once again things didn't go completely as planned. We are still in Nuevo Vallarta. The longer we are here the more I am thinking that this will be our base of operations for the foreseeable future. Within a 2 hour sail we can be in La Cruz or Puerto Vallarta. Yesterday we went to the mall in PV...it was a VERY nice mall and tomorrow we're going to go watch a movie in english there....and then maybe afterward we'll go shopping and have dinner at Chilies, or maybe just grab a Big Mac. OK.. OK so I know right about now you're probably thinking...WAIT a minute...what happened to all the "old Mexico" shit he's been talking about for the past year? MacDonalds?? Chilies?? Steve must have given up on the street tacos and little Mexican Cantinas where 1.00 beer flows freely. Not the case at all. Within 1-2 day trip we can get all of "real Mexico" as we want. We can sail to many different anchorages and Marinas and eat as many street tacos and drink as many 1.00 beers as our little hearts desire. Banderas Bay is well protected from Hurricanes and is a popular place to summer over in Mexico...which is just what we may be doing. Subject to change of course.
Tourists in ParadiseSteve
02/11/2012, Puerto Vallata
WOW....what a week it's been. We've been so busy being tourists with Sharon's family that I haven't had a spare moment to sit down and blog. since my last blog on Monday we've had quite an adventure, I'll try to keep it as short as possible. On Monday evening we attended a "Beach Party" at the Mayan resort, which included dinner, drinks and a show....which Sharon and I actually became a part of. A great time was had by all and as usual Sharon and I took full advantage of the "all you can drink" part of the party. On Tuesday Brian had booked a "City Tour" which took us all over Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas. We ended the day hopping off the tour bus in downtown PV and enjoying dinner and drinks overlooking the beautiful Banderas Bay....where Brian saw his first Green flash...and yes, it does really exist, ask Brian. Wednesday evening we boarded a large party boat and headed across the bay to see "Rhythms of the Night", which is a wonderful Mayan fire dance reenactment, in a "Survivor Show" atmosphere. This trip also included the "all you can drink" thing...however, the Rum Punch contained MUCH more sugar than rum. Thursday morning we woke before sunrise and left for our tour of San Sabastian, which is a former silver mining town located high in the mountains above Puerto Vallata. As we made our way to the meeting area in the dark, we both reflected on how happy we were about the watered down Rum punches the night before.
02/06/2012, Nuevo Vallarta
Sharon's Mom Kathy, and her Uncle Brian arrived to Puerto Vallarta on Friday. Yesterday we decided to sail over to La Cruz for brunch and to visit the Sunday Arts fair. As is typical in the early morning hours there was no wind and we had to motor the 5 miles over to La Cruz. After tying up at the guest dock at Marina La Cruz, we enjoyed a nice breakfast and then strolled around the Arts Fair and through the small town of La Cruz.
Mexican signs 1Steve
02/04/2012, any Bano in Mexico
We always get a kick out of the signs here in Mexico. Sometimes a sign in English will have a word misspelled, or maybe they'll have the words in the wrong order, after all there are a lot of phrases in Spanish that are said in reverse of english. Most of our favorite Mexican signs have been involving the most basic of human needs...the bano. Now ya gotta love the fact that the Mexicans seem to take great pleasure in poking fun at what us Americans seem to want to pretend no one needs to do. You have to admit that the following signs are a lot more fun than the blue silhouette of a man or woman.....especially when ya gotta go.
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