My wife Jane and I moved full time to Mexico six years ago. My friend Phil Anderson and I decided to drive an Izuzu Trooper down to San Pancho to Roberto’s Bungalows. I was a little paranoid about the drive, as I had heard some second hand talk that there was trouble on the highways. Well we took off and it was one of my most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. The highways were great and the scenery was awesome. The highways are mostly toll roads and
Here at Roberto’s Bungalows in San Pancho we get a wide variety of guests and it seems like many of them want to move here. The visitors from Canada seem to want to talk about it the most.
I’ve been in Real Estate with Coldwell Banker for about 15 years in the United States and have done referrals to sell and buy all over. I’m not real familiar with the Real estate market way up in Canada, but we went up there in Sept. Of 2013 to look around. I really enjoyed the layout of the country right around the Vancouver area. We went in September when the weather was perfect and there was no snow! We did hear talk of the people who lived up in North Country by Yellow Knife and how they were all getting ready for the Iditarod!
Last week we had a couple guests arrive and one of guests (Noelene) told me she had just put in an offer on a home built in 1995 in the North Country. She was real excited and showed me a picture of the home which was buried a few feet deep in the snow. What struck me as a bit strange was that it was located in a town called Yellow Knife. Yellow Knife is far enough away to be just about on another planet. (The Twilight Zone) The next thing that struck me was the price of the mobile home…. About 320,000….. Yup I said mobile home. What? Did I say 320,000? Yup that was it. Almost $260.00 per square foot.
We just sold one in sunny Benicia, California in the most sought after area in the San Francisco Bay Area that was 1,500 sq ft in a beautiful park with a pool and spa area with no snow for $125,000 and I thought that was really high and it had been recently remodeled.
The last thing that got my attention was the agents name….. …..Rod Sterling… Which I thought was a great name for the Real Estate agents business If your buyers or sellers watched TV From 1959-1964. I think I would change it to Rod Stewart and I think he would get a lot more business and a lot more chicks.
Personally I think it’s time to trade in the snow for some warm sand. If you are thinking about buying something down here in Mexico…… Call me, or just come visit.
I TAP THAT THING ALL NIGHT LONG! At 65
I’ve been wanting to tell this story for quite some time. Beause I think I can help all men my age keep their wives smiling and happy all night long. I can’t believe how great my back feels in the morning after going at it about 5 times a night. Not to mention that my wife in the mornings tells me she slept like a baby. You should see the smile on her face in the morning when I bring her a cup of coffee to her bedside when she awakes. For years I have dreamed of getting up 5 times a night and keeping my wife happy. I wanted to try this for years, but I finally did it when my wife was away on a trip to see her parents.
I went into every mans fantasy dream store and looked around for the right thing to make all my evenings better and I found them. Boy did my eyes pop out when I looked up and there they were. There they were all lined up and there were so many different sizes and you know I was looking for the biggest. Hey I’m a male and I’ve always known that bigger is better. Another cool thing was that there were all kinds of colors to pick from light to dark. Some had big holes and some were small there were quite a few that were oblong. The thing that made me smile was the sign that said ONE TOUCH IS ALL YOU NEED.
I was so excited and I wanted to surprise my wife so that when she got back from her visit I had things ready for her first night back.
I can’t even begin to tell you our first evening when she got home being together was incredible….I was up at least five times and in the morning you could see from the smile on her face that she was very satisfied with my purchase.
It’s a miracle I tell you.
I got up every evening for years at least 5 times to pee and every time when I was done that “put the toilet seat down” thing would ring in my head. I would bend over with my hurt back and slowly lower the lid so I wouldn’t make any noise, because I didn’t want to wake my beautiful wife. I have such a bad back that not only would it hurt to bend over, but sometimes I would drop the lid and it would wake both her and I up. Trying to be the good husband it would send me back to bed wide awake trying to get back to sleep.
Now I get up to go pee and just TAP THAT THING and it slowly goes down and we both sleep like babies.
Men if you’re anything like me it’s time to get down to the Home Depot and get your own self closing toilet seat.
The greatest thing is you can tell all your buddies that you TAP THAT THING over and over all night long.
Well it’s been four (4) full years of living here at Roberto’s Bungalows in San Pancho and driving full time here in Mexico.
Let me tell you a story that I can’t get out of my mind. A friend and I decided to drive with the wives to San Sebastian which is up in the mountains a few hours away. My friend is a school bus driver and he asked if he could drive, so I thought it would be cool and let him drive.
We take off all happy and excited about our road trip and he tells us that a local Gringo friend from our village let him know some good tips on driving in the area. He tells us that she said if we come upon federal police and Military at road blocks to just drive through and wave and smile and don’t make too much eye contact. He says his friend informed him that they are looking for Cartel members and drugs and not grey haired old American tourist folks.
I get real scared thinking maybe he got his information from the wrong Wacky Gringo. We are having a nice drive when I see up in front of us a road block stop in both directions. There are about 20 military men with machine guns on both sides of the road all looking at our car and there is a big Military truck with a dude with a huge gun mounted on the back of a pickup pointed at the cars going by. My friend Dan says “ok everyone smile and wave and I’ll just drive through.”
Thoughts of Bonnie and Clyde and millions of bullets piercing my body race through my head and I think I passed out, but the next thing I know is we are past the stop. I do remember that I was waving and smiling like I was a little insane thinking it might help. I told Dan that maybe if there was another road stop that we should probably stop. He said NO we’re good.
In about 20 minutes we approach another one and this time there is a cop with a machine gun standing in the middle of the lane with a red flag signaling us to pull over along with the huge truck with the massive gun pointing at us and about 20 military police and there is nobody smiling.
Dan says again “ok we are not going to stop, so smile big and wave.” I know from the look on the guys face with the flag trying to get us to pull over that we are probably going to die in a flury of machine gun bullets. Dan goes around the guy and pulls into the oncoming lane and is waving and smiling and telling us to do the same and quick. The machine gun cop is waving his flag and looking pissed and we go right on by. Dan says as he speeds up don’t look back they are watching us, but they aren’t following us.
I must have not eaten any breakfast, because I didn’t crap my pants, but I did express my thoughts about how dumb I thought that last non stop was to Dan. He just smiled and said hey they probably thought we were just a car full of old stupid Americans that didn’t understand what was going on.
Well the rest of the ride I was terrified that the next road check was probably going to be the end of our lives. I knew they had probably called ahead and said “when you see the black Izuzu SUV with the four crazy waving Americans just start shooting, as they have gone through two stops without stopping.”
Well I’m here to tell you there were no more stops and we got to San Sebastián unharmed physically, but damaged mentally for life.
Do not do what we did! Stop and say hi! They are there to help fight crime!
I have since been through a few stops and have never been pulled over. They just smile and wave you through!
La Patrona Polo Club open soon!
I never really knew how awesome polo was until one evening a group of our guests at Roberto’s Bungalows were heading to a match at the field in town and asked us to join them. I was hooked the first game at La Patrona Polo Club
I have been taking folks from Roberto’s Bungalows out to the huge new project since it began two seasons ago on tours in the Roberto’s custom golf cart about three days a week and have seen the most beautiful transformation of land one could lay eyes on.
I thought polo was a game where the rich Prince rode around on horses and waved at the Royal family in their pretty hats. I couldn’t have been any further from the truth about the very exciting game of Polo.
The new fields are almost done and we are talking International games. There is a regulation field which if you don’t know is 3 football fields long and a football field and a half wide. The game is kinda like NHL and NFL combined with horses running at top speeds and men and women swinging big long clubs and aggressively going for the ball (and I believe the other players heads) and the goal posts with one thought… WINNING!
I am hooked on the game and wish I was 40 years younger and out there riding and playing this high stress game.
I was invited to watch a few games yesterday on the new field. I was so excited and humbled by the excitement of the huge new field and the hospitality of the people who are putting this whole thing together.
The horses are far beyond beautiful and everyone from the spectators to the riders seems so happy to be involved in this sport.
The people in charge beam with excitement and you can see by the smiles on their faces how proud they feel about this new project. I will be one of the very regular visitors with a big smile on my face during most of the International Games! I even plan on turning my Hawaiian shirts in during the games and wearing the Polo attire. Might even buy me a pair of the awesome players leather boots.
Yup I’m hooked and you will be too.
There is also a huge 4 star restaurant for your dining and drinking pleasures. The restaurant decks overlook the three different fields. The International field, the smaller field for games right at the restaurant and a beautiful night field with stadium lighting on the one side of the restaurant. There is one more field for the jumping horse shows.
This is a huge Eco project and I as a San Pancho resident and a member in our family business I couldn’t be more proud of this wonderful project.
Written by Vallarta Daily News! And some of me!
San Pancho Farmers Market Opens for its Winter Season
Every Tuesday – 9 AM till 1PM or so…..
Area farmers come to the market with organic fruits and vegetables, and many vendors with handmade crafts and lots of different excellent food choices!
San Pancho has kicked off their farmers market for the season, joining other municipalities in the Riviera Nayarit area hosting farmers markets this winter. San Pancho’s market joins other markets such as Sayulita, La Cruz, Bucerias, and Lo de Marcos.
This is the second year for San Pancho’s “Mercado del Sol” farmer’s market held in Plaza del Sol. The market opens every Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM, offering a day of market shopping during the week when most other local farmers markets are held on Saturday.
The Mercado del Sol farmers market currently hosts 70 venders selling organic and handmade foods, arts, fruits and vegetables from the region, and of course live music entertainment to get you in the mood for shopping in the traditional open-air markets that are best experienced in Mexico.
San Pancho is my home and a great place to live, as the peace and tranquility in the town is still uncompromised. San Francisco (San Pancho) is a unique spot, where pristine white beaches meet jungle green, and old Mexico meets a new international fusion.
A great place to stay in San Pancho is Roberto’s Bungalows
Sound the horns and ring the bells I finally found the cheeseburger I have been roaming the streets and ducking into dark alleys looking for here in Mexico. We here at Roberto’s Bungalows love to eat! We got a tip from Chas and Eva Eller www.charlesellerstudios.com/ about an awesome burger place in Puerto Vallarta. All the tips up to this date have fallen short of a real tasty burger. You should know I have been looking for the ultimate cheeseburger for years. I started looking and even started a blog about it Back in December in 2010 in the San Francisco Bay Area. https://cookinwithearl.wordpress.com/2010/12/
I have spent many years looking for my favorite cheeseburger. For Over 35 years I was known as Cookin’ with Earl in local publications. I was always going to restaurants and doing reviews and in all my years my heart belonged to cheeseburgers. The Burger Bar in San Francisco and Taylor’s Refreshers in St. Helena (had me standing in line many days) held the top spots in the S.F. Bay Area. Well now I have one for you in Mexico called Jean’s located in Plaza Commercial real close to the airport. Hal and Eneida Hilton have opened their burger restaurant called Jean’s (named after Hal’s mother) in P.V. Let me say that the hand patties, the buttered buns grilled and crispy with the shredded lettuce and tomatoes made me melt into my stool. If that wasn’t enough we ordered a malt and a Vanilla shake that finally busted the curse of crappy shakes here in paradise. The California fries brought tears to my eyes, as I was dipping them into thousand island sauce and ketchup. Don’t go to P.V. Without making one of your stops Jean’s American Burgers