From Here: With Thanks

The skies are blue again, the sea calm, excess sand has been returned to the beach from the sidewalks and roadways, and if you were not aware that a week ago we were preparing for a devastating hurricane, nobody would be the wiser. The people of Vallarta owe a great deal of gratitude to our mayor, Arturo Davalos and to Head of Civil Protection, Adrian Bobadilla and to their staffs who kept everything and everybody out of harm’s way. I don’t know how many times our luck will hold, but our city knows what to do in a natural disaster and for those of you who were ‘inconvenienced for nothing,’ thanks for helping us learn more and develop strong strategies to deal with the unimaginable. And, closer to us all on Facebook, are Pamela Thompson and Tricia Lyman who both fed us up-to-date information directly from government sources, keeping hysteria to zero. Thank you both from my heart.

A brain-storming meeting with my favorite editor, Madeline Milne was held last week at BabelBar. We both chose breakfast for lunch; tropical pancakes, while sitting by the river. That great combination made better with live music by the genius duo of Moruno.

Although it’s still early, tickets are on sale for one of the biggest soirees of the season at the sumptuous Casa Yvonneka. The number of tickets for “Frida IV Annual Fundraiser” will be cut back this year to a mere 120. Contact Matthias Vogt at for yours. It is a dress-up salute to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and while not necessary, it certainly makes for a deliciously intriguing people-watch. And, the food is outstanding, of course. 100% of proceeds go to fund organizations that help Vallarta’s stray dogs and cats. See you December 15th at 7 pm.

My sister Patrice arrives today, so I am excited and frantic trying to finish up everything I have to get done. Halloween will be a memory by the time you hold this paper in your hands; I hope you had fun. Season is upon us, the electricity in the air is caused by our dynamic visitors and not freaking lightening! Be kind to them and to all things that allow us to live in this amazing city, From Here.

Marcia Blondin