Transitioning to a Life in Sayulita

Moving from one country to another country can be a challenge, particularly due to differences in culture. However, Gabriel Jones, Sales Director & Contributing Writer of Mexi-Go!, and his wife, Wendy, did just did that when they made the leap from Vancouver, British Columbia to Sayulita three and a half years ago.
At the time, Gabriel’s employer Mexi-Go!, a Canadian publication, was transitioning to become a Mexican company. Wendy was employed by a Canadian company and was working remotely from home. When the opportunity arose to move to Sayulita, Wendy got approval from her employer to continue to work remotely from Mexico. This required a home with solid internet connection and a phone line, as Wendy’s job required numerous teleconferences. Through they found a long-term rental and made arrangements to rent the house. Nick Sherman, former President of Pro Sayulita, was their property manager and became their first Sayulita friend. He provided invaluable information to this couple. “He made our transition so much easier. He showed us how Mexican houses differ from Canadian ones, helped us roll with the punches during our first rainy season and a million little things like how to pay our CFE bill and Telmex bill. He really helped us in so many ways,” the couple says.
Gabriel and Wendy also relied on forums and other social forums for information about transitioning to life in Sayulita. “So many people, both Mexicans and foreigners, are willing to help. They share their experiences with what works and what doesn’t. They offer suggestions as simple as where to purchase things or as complex as how to change over car titles and plates from Jalisco to Nayarit. Some foreigners believe there isn’t a lot of health care here, but there is on a lot of levels, which we have found through the referrals of others,” says Wendy.
Networking in the community was another immense source of helping this couple transition to their life here in Sayulita. Gabriel and Wendy have found that volunteering has been a great way to get involved with the community and meet a lot of great friends.Through SayulitAnimals, fundraisers at Costa Verde International School and river clean-ups through Eco Sayulita, they have met some of their closest friends.
“In Sayulita, locals are likely to have friends in various age categories. There is no border on age when it comes to friendship here. We have friends that range in age from 20 years old to 70 years old. Even the neighborhood children regularly stop by the house,” says Gabriel and Wendy.
While a lot of people do speak English in Sayulita, language can still be a barrier. Wendy is currently taking the intensive Spanish course at Experiencia Sayulita Spanish School and is very excited to be improving her Spanish and ability to communicate. Both Gabriel and Wendy have been able to pick up some key Spanish by spending time with Mexican neighbors, shopping and getting out in the community.
The couple feels that it is important to try to communicate in the native language and learning new Spanish words can be very rewarding. “After several months of ordering bacon a kilo at a time it was a big day for me when I mastered the word medio and could order just half a kilo of bacon” joked Gabriel.
Gabriel and Wendy have made Sayulita their home and have no regrets about their decision to move here. “This was the best decision that we have ever made. That is why we are still here and we are so happy to be here.”

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  1. I find this to be a very informative story … thank you ! People and businesses are moving from countries with high taxation and living expenses to countries with lower taxation and living expenses. Also from less healthy environments to healthier environments, and from more dangerous locations to safer locations.

    So, Mexi-Go ! is becoming a Mexican company; and Sayulita seems to be a safer location than Vancouver , Canada.

    An article in the December Issue of Scientific American : “Fungi on the March” heralds a new threat to human health. It reported dead porpoises washing up on the southeastern shores of Vancouver Island in 2001 with yeast-packed lungs that were several times the normal weight. Cats and dogs were having trouble breathing, all from the Cryptococcus guttii fungus ; people too.

    In cats the yeast infection ate through the scull, and in people they coughed constantly, their energy sapped, and their sleep stolen. The yeast is becoming everywhere and unstoppable, moving to Victoria Canada and into the U.S state of Oregon. Healthy person are also venerable.

    The fungus lives in certain trees and in the ground around them. The fungus effects people by entering their airways as microscopic dehydrated yeast cells or as spores. Persons experiences these problems should check with Canadians who have moved to Mexico, or vacation there.

    The movement of the C. guitti fungus appears to be the result of global warming and climate change.

  2. Glad you liked the story we wrote for our El Sayulero readers. Would you please do us the courtesy of linking to and give Stacey Elkins credit for the story since I paid her to write it.


    Ian Hodge
    Owner and El Sayulero

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