Mexi-Go! Expo promotes Vallarta – Nayarit

This past weekend I was in Vancouver, BC hosting the Mexi-Go! Expo. Over two days we saw well over 1000 people through our doors interested in all things Mexico. Exhibitors from across Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit, eagerly welcomed the public in with lots of great information on travel, retirement, investment, real estate, cuisine, art, music and spirits with a very popular Tequila and Mezcal tasting. Seminars were held both days that discussed various destinations for travel and property purchasing, doing business in Mexico, planning for retirement, cooking and a 1.5 hour long Tequila tasting presentation. Nearly every seminar was at capacity, with the cooking demonstration standing room only. Admission to the Expo was through donations and when I return to Puerto Vallarta we will be making a donation to Pasitos de Luz. All in all it was a wonderful two days in a gorgeous building in the heart of Yaletown. The weather was beautiful but not too beautiful to keep people outdoors.
Back home in Puerto Vallarta we suffered through some extremely wet conditions, so I hear and see on my Facebook. Puerto Vallarta seems to have come out the other side of this ‘once in a lifetime’ weather catastrophe relatively unscathed but that is not the case for many of our neighbours. There is a huge need for financial donations to the Cruz Rojo immediately. On page 4 we have information on where your contributions can be sent. An estimated 1.2 million people were displaced in Mexico as a result of the tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel. Please consider donating whatever you can, as every little bit helps.
In this issue we have published a three to four day road trip through the back roads of Jalisco that I am excited to do in the coming weeks, after the rains subside. In the meantime, I think I will head to Bucerias when I return for some much needed rest and relaxation. The beach there is a perfect spot to make camp for the day and includes the handy convenience of promptly delivered margaritas. Please don’t miss the Saturday Market in Old Town from 9am – 1pm at the Paradise Community Centre. If you have comments, good or bad, please don’t hesitate to send them my way. (Editor(at)
See you on beach,

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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.

One comment

  1. Dear Madeline ,

    With your trip away from Puerto Vallarta, it would seem that the Mexico weather shed quite a tear for your absence – but mostly spared our lovely Puerto Vallarta. As I write this response to your letter, it is raining on my window in San Francisco, the first rain since spring, as California has been in a draught over the past several years, and the forest fires have been huge.

    Walking over to the Gold Store, that is having a Antique and Collection Fair, with appraisers to give values and offers to purchase your items, I notice that the rain has stopped, and the beggars are back on the streets of our shopping area.

    The appraiser (like on Antique Roadshow) looks at the rectangular blue amber pendant capped in Mexican sterling silver I purchased at a jewelry store on L.L,. Vallarta street some eight years ago, checks his computer, and comes up with $50. The same as I purchased it for. I asked him if he had ever seen clear sky blue amber before, and he said yes,

    Next, appraising two Asian carved dark yellow amber snuff bottles that I had purchased around the same time at the public Flea Market in San Francisco for $6-8 dollars each, he said $1,400 and $1,800 .It seems that the Asians are purchasing and bringing back their treasures to Asia, while the Mexicans are still trying to sell theirs.

    The appraiser mentioned that there is not a great market for amber, but collectors will pay a lot for special pieces for their collections, as noted on the Internet prices. Much of the value in amber is in the old amber carvings. Such as the two carved amber bead necklaces that were valued between $500 and $1,000 each. My cost at the S.F. Flea Market four weeks ago, $100 each.

    Eight more days and I will be back in PV and meet with my friends, and listen to their stories of happenings there this past year. Also with the friends that I have made since leaving last year.

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