Editor’s note: Light at the end of the tunnel

About a year and a half ago I got the contract for the next edition of the Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Costa Alegre Moon Guide – It’s similar to the Lonely Planet but a little more upscale. Dream job, right? Get paid to travel. Well, deadlines got pushed with one crisis after another until I found myself writing a book in the height of ‘HIGH SEASON.’ If you’ve wondered why you never see me, this is one of the reasons. It was infinitely more work than I thought it would be but hallelujah, I submitted the completed manuscript last Thursday – and promptly began working on the edits!

On the one hand I just want it to get out the door, so I can laze around on a beach with some friends – if any of them remember me – on the other, I know it has to be perfect because all of you will be rushing out to buy a copy and then critiquing my choices. The pressure is on!

As I move through the edits, I have noticed so many places I missed or things I included but can’t for the life of me remember why. Really, how do you narrow it down to 10 restaurants? And true story – I’ve been to Nuevo Vallarta maybe 5 times in 8 years. I can find very few redeeming qualities aside from the beach (and now that Etc. Beach Club is closed, will I ever go back?), which is hidden behind a ton of really tall, really imposing resorts and gated communities. I seriously struggled to tell people what to do there if they’re not in the resorts – ride a bike to Bucerias comes to mind. If you have any great suggestions for things to actually do IN NUEVO – pass them my way.

Next up on the editing block is Costa Alegre – if you have any can’t miss places or things to do – and you think I’ve missed them, feel free to send me a message. I’d love to hear your suggestions. (Yes I included Mayto and Punta Perula.)

Both the puppies that I was fostering have been adopted! Thank you to everyone who inquired. It was great to have puppies in the house again to remind me why I don’t want any more babies, dog or human. They are so much work! And continuously demanding food, attention and the poops, ugh, don’t get me started on those.

Slowly but surely I’m divesting in commitments, and it feels good because at one point last week I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage juggling all the things with one hand behind my back, blindfolded, with two puppies biting my feet.

This week the newspaper feels a little lighter. Luna Lounge is pretty much done for the season – whaaaatt? Where did this season go? I didn’t even catch one show this year. I have got to get out more. I suppose I’m saving myself from years of sun damage though.

So, back to this week. We have a ton of live music, theater, and events still going on – in fact, if you’re reading this and it’s Thursday, you should be on your way to Cuates y Cuetes for their Jazz Festival. And if it’s the weekend, then check out all the different events in the back pages of this newspaper.

Safe travels,