Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Honoring my dad today- Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is on Nov 1, 2, 3 here in Zipolite and Oaxaca City and all over Mexico






Today I am honoring my dad online today on the day of his passing but this next week I will go to Pochutla and gather the flowers and little clay pot to hold the copal and create a little alter for him and put some fruit and bread and a drink there and chocolate.

He passed away when I was just a little girl of eleven. Every year I shocked at how much time has passed. Forty four years. 44 years. That is along time not to have a dad/father in your life.

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017


Do you know something else? I have been telling everyone recently I am 56...ha! ha! I just realized I am only 55. Go figure. Ha! I just gained a year! Well that's a nice surprise, I guess. Silly me.

Anyways, I just wanted to post a little bit about what Dia de los Muertos is about. Here in Mexico the relationship with death is so different. And it starts at the beginning of life. People talk about it. In the so called Canadian culture it is much different...and I am not talking about Indigenous cultures because those cultures are thousands of years old, and I talking about the last 150 years that Canada so proudly claims (puke...but that's another story)

There they have Halloween and it is COMPLETELY different than Dia de los Muertos. I read about some trolley ride and it was to go to the old morgue and other gross things. There it is about haunted houses and scary gross often violent things, like Fright nights and negative energy.

Dia de los Muertos is about LOVE! It is about honoring the people who have passed on to the next place but are with you in spirit. I carry all the people I love in my heart. They are always with me whether here in this world or the next.

Dia de los Muertos is a mix of indigenous and christianity but it is a personal thing. Honoring those you loved and still love. It's about not forgetting them. It is about showing respect and cherishing their memories.

So Daddy, I love you. I miss you. I wish you could have physically have been in my life much longer. I know you are near and in this last year I have learned how to reach out to you and ask for help, when I call on my ancestors for help, I always ask for yours. I want to thank you, thank you for all your love and support and protection.

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
That is the garage my dad built, he was really great at building, and making things. I remember he made me a merry go round and a little swimming pool. He was a great gardener, he was a good farmer and we had a small hobby farm when I was growing up and we ate very well. He was a good provider. He had a hard life. He was the youngest of 11 children (that survived. 2 died) of Bohemian Immigrants/Settlers and I know he tried many professions like fishing and farming and he built homes for his mom in Sooke I believe and one in Vancouver...that had a bay window but it's gone and I didn't get to see it.  He built a nice home in Surrey for us.

He worked for 20 years at BCTel until they went on strike and he decide to try his hand at a business but he had no training and the timing just was not right although, he was a visionary like me. He knew the highway would get bigger and more traffic would come.

He tried so hard to make this restaurant, garage and camp ground work. He worked himself to death.

My mom and him and my brother tried to make it go 24 hours a day. It was too much. They were all sleep deprived. My father drank to deal with the sadness. He refused to go on welfare and couldn't get help anyways. The doctors just gave him pills do deal with the stress. In the end it was to much and he took his life. And since he took his life there was no life insurance and so my mom was left with an awful mess of raising 3 teens alone and dealing with debt collectors and many difficult things.


It was alot like that movie Ya Ya Sisterhood. Have you ever watched that? Not so violent but yes there was a lot of anger and stress and depression. But there was love. He loved us all so much.

He was also raised Catholic and well that is too big of an issue to discuss here but there just wasn't any help for him.

What happened to us left a legacy that I have learned to deal with and in the last year in my class in Carving and Reconciliation I dealt with a lot of the grief and the carving really helped me grieve. Art has really helped me so much.

So I will use art to build a beautiful little alter for Dia de los Muertos and honor him and my mom and all the beautifuls souls who have passed and whom I carry in my heart.

My dad is why I became a photographer. He left us all these great home movies and my mom and I made them into Vhs and then I put them on the computer and made this little video. It's about 30 minutes so get some tea and treat and watch. You may find it very interesting and you may want to do the same with your own home movies that your parents made.





This 5 years ago at the end of a fabulous night of celebrating Dia de los Muerots.



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Dia de los Muertos Videos in Oaxaca 2012

Dia De los Muertos - Oaxaca City - 2012 Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2012

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Huatulco & Zipolite October 2017 Photos













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Coming Soon!! Zipolita's 6th Annual Festival Dia de Muertos Nov 1-3 2017





 "Por una conciencia viva a través de la muerte" Calavera Social Club colectivo conciente te invita a participar en el 6to festival cultural de día de los muertos en Zipolite (Playa de los muertos) Oaxaca. Los días 1,2 y 3 de noviembre teatro, danza, cuento y música unidos en el festival. Este festival tiene como fin preservar una de las tradiciones mas bonitas y coloridas de nuestro México además de proyectar a Zipolite como un sitio de turismo alternativo único en el país. Este es un festival es totalmente independiente y el contenido tiene el objetivo de estimular el crecimiento espiritual de cada persona a través de las artes y de los valores humanos y nuevas alternativas de vida.


"For a living conscience through death"
Calavera Social Collective collective club invites you to participate in the 6th day cultural festival of the dead in Zipolite (Playa de los muertos) Oaxaca.
The days 1,2 and 3 of November theater, dance, story and music united in the festival.
This festival aims to preserve one of the most beautiful and colorful traditions of our Mexico in addition to projecting Zipolite as an alternative tourism site unique in the country. This is a festival is completely independent and the content aims to stimulate the spiritual growth of each person through the arts and human values and new alternatives of life.














Monday, October 16, 2017

Zipolite 2001 Fire- Reminder to Take Care!!

I came across this, it's from back when the fire happened and I had a different website. When I took that site down...Ivanjay must have copied and posted this on yahoo...so now I found it and re- posted here. Thanks Ivan...I sort forgot all this...

it's been 16 years now...

Fire in Zipolite 2001 -Photo Credit "Eric from France" from Roca Blanca


So why am I reposting this? It's because the other night someone let off fireworks. The first 2 big bangs scared the crap out of me. Then watching the fire works was pretty but it scared me as they looked so close to the palapas. So then I talked to a friend and we talked about it all. We realized many of the children here were not born. They do not remember it at all except for stories from their parents and others. My child was born from the ashes you may say. It's because of the fire, her father and I got together. We lost all our things but look at the miracle that happened.

So this a reminder and warning to be careful. After the fire there were many rules. No fires on the beach. No cooking or candles in the palapas and others I don't know about ...because I left. So share this story and be careful okay. Take care of yourself and others. Get fire extinguishers and be so very careful with fire. Especially if it's windy. The wind that day pushed the fire straight back to 3 de Deciembre Restaurant. I thought the whole town would burn. It traumatized me and many others. So blessed there was no loss of life. It was during the day. If it had been at night could have been much worse. Okay. So read the story below and please take care and be careful.

Sending love and light and putting us all in a bubble of love to keep us safe. Keep our beautiful Zipolite safe and never ever let this repeat. If we never forget we won't make the same mistakes. If we are prepared we can prevent tragedies like this. Gracias for listening.



This is from 2012, but the fire happen Feb 2001. 
I will never forget it.
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Just thinking now...as I put up these photos and relive this...I wonder...what would have happened...with twitter and facebook and all...would I have been able to help more...would everyone there...the tourists, the people...it would a have been soooo different...I mean they came with typewriters to write the report...how the world has changed soooo much in JUST 10 YEARS! Amazing! I just shake my head...what will happen in ten more years...


Feb 21/2001 Tragic Fire burns town!Fire!
Zipolite's Downtown Burns!

I was showing Margarita my braids, when a boy raced past, "el loco!" we teased.Then there was yelling in Spanish, I thought I heard "mort!" for a moment I thought someone was drowning, and the boy was racing for help.

Fire in Zipolite 2001 -Photo Credit "Eric from France" from Roca Blanca



Fire!! Fire, someone yelled. There's a fire at the Tao. I raced to the back of Daniel's Brisa Marina, and looked up to see big red flames and thick black smoke coming from the top of the Tao. It was true! Oh my God, this whole place is going to go. I had just moved to the Lavendria and was so pleased with my new little home.

My little palapa was new with pink cement walls that went half way up and then wood continued to the new thatch roof. There was a nice bed with a mosquito net, desk and waste basket. I had decorated it with calalilies,( $1US for a bunch), grass mats, and sarongs. It was very cosy. The bathrooms and showers were clean and the rent was only $800 pesos a month. Perfect being on the incredibly tight budget I was on.

My stuff!!! my brain screamed at me. I raced to my room. The girl in the room next door was there. I yelled at her, get your stuff, "There's a Fire, the Tao is on fire, this whole place could go."

I ran inside and started throwing things in. I knew I could never get it all in my packs, they had taken hours to squeeze everything in just right. I had to make decisions, any minute the thatch roof might catch and then I'd be trapped either in the room or the courtyard. I was freaking. Things were popping and crackling. I was sure there would be an explosion with so many cars, not to mention everyone in Mexico has gas, and big propane tanks.

I grabbed what I could and ran out into the street, toward Peter Pan's the Bakery and the Ziponet e-mail place.

Fire in Zipolite 2001 -Photo Credit "Eric from France" from Roca Blanca


What should I do?? I had forgotten my shoes, one part of me yelled go back, go back, and the other just watched in horror as the flames engulfed the the palapa of the Tao, three floor hotel/restaurant.

A huge cloud of black smoke rolled our way and the flames licked the sky. With my half-empty packs and my little suitcase (that carried a very old 486 laptop). I made my way towards the main road, thinking that I would get a room in Pochutla and come back tomorrow.

My packs were light, because I had left a lot behind, but I just couldn't go back, now, it was too late. Oh, my God, what a nightmare. How could this be happening to my beautiful Zipolite?

There was a girl in the cab; she had a baby with her. Sarah was her name. She said I could get a room at her friends at the end of the beach. I said "Thanks!" I was so grateful. So that's where I went.


Later that day...

The fire burned and burned, I could watch it from the east end where I was. The fire was right in the middle of downtown. All the things that burned kept popping into my head. Now I have no lavender oil to protect against mosquitoes, I thought...and then I thought, how petty, when so many people lost everything. It's a disaster.

It all went up. All the pretty sarongs, and grass mats, and the beautiful calalilies I bought in the market. The lavandria....All gone now. Ashes, ...Daniel's Brisa Marina, ashes...where I lazed in the hammock watching all the beautiful sunsets. It's all gone now. Everything..even the hammock..

I hung around the east end posada for a long time watching the fire from afar. The fire would slow and then grow again. Huge flames leaping into the sky. The People, the people I prayed, please God let everyone be o.k. My camera, I cried inside. Maybe it didn't burn, I prayed, but I knew.

The fire raged off and on for a few hours, huge billowing black clouds, and flaming red fingers reached skyward and back towards the road. It looked as if it was just going to keep burning and burning. I was really nervous but then we realized there was a lagoon. There was a lot of space between where the fire could reach and my temporary new home.

Documenting and Making Reports

Someone arrived and said one by one, going through the people.

Time wears on. For each person they make a report (on a typewriter) that has about 5 copies. There
is carbon paper in between each one. Incredible.

Fire in Zipolite 2001 -Photo Credit "Eric from France" from Roca Blanca


Lupe, who I believe is Kiko's dad took me to see Solidad, who had a list, and was speaking with a man who could speak very good English. I explained about all the things I lost and about the $900.00 pesos ($90US) that I had paid in advance for my rent at the lavandria.

I also told them all, that I build web pages, and was going to try and get some help for these people. The man told me that he was from the state and he was also trying to help these people.

He asked me if he really thought the state should or would actually pay for the personal belongings that I lost. I said," no, not really", and then for some reason we all laughed and smiled...."but", I said, "what really want and need is that $90US that I paid in advance". Solidad and the man laughed and spoke in Spanish, and then he said, he had asked Solidad, if I knew that they only had the clothes on their backs and nothing else.

The rent I paid was burned along with everything else. There had been no time to save anything.

The man said that there were a lot of tourists that lost everything and that they were going to try and help these people. He said that I was to go to a meeting at two o'clock that afternoon at the San Cristobal restaurant. As I wandered about to pass the time, I entered what was once Daniel's Brisa Marina, now just a burned out shell. Nothing was left except the cement and rebar. My original little cement room, looked empty and the same but everything else was gone. It looked like a bomb went off. All black and charred.

It was there that I ran into Francisco, who had had the little store between the Tao and the Pizza place. He asked if I was o.k and I told him of my experience and loses.

Then he told me he lost everything, he had nothing but the shirt and pants he was wearing. I told him how sorry I was, and hugged him, hoping to add the tiniest bit of comfort.

Francisco was always so sweet, everytime I visited the store, he always called me gaupa (waupa-pretty). It's so incredibly sad.

All day was like that, as I wandered to and from my regular haunts, I would run into people telling me they only had what they were wearing. Everything, Todo (All) is gone. Nada, nothing left.

I went up to Shambhala and spoke with people there. A man was telling about another fire that happened in November, but they stopped it. They couldn't do it this time though. He said they tried so hard, but they just couldn't. It was the wind. It was blowing so hard, it was just like a raging forest fire, leaping across the top of the cabanas, from one thatch roof to another, leaving a blazing trail in it's wake.

Fire in Zipolite 2001 -Photo Credit "Eric from France" from Roca Blanca


Finally, I headed down to the meeting, and as I was wandering, I heard my new friend L.(name changed to Intial to protect identity) , calling my name. He had helped my look for my new home originally. L had been very worried, he didn't know what had happened to me. I told him story and then asked if he was o.k

L had been in the process of moving. His things were in the street. He had stopped to help a friend with something, and then the fire had started. He was helping with the fire, and then realized that all his things were in jeopardy, and by then it was too late. All his possessions burned. He also lost about $200US in pesos that he'd had hidden in a book.

He was alive, and only had a small burn on his foot. We were both very lucky we agreed through our tears. We went together to the meeting to see if we could get some sort of help.

I found the man at the meeting and he said to go back to where all the people were and to fill out a report. So we did, and we waited and waited. It it took hours. A bed, that had been salvaged was set up, and burned out tourists from the Tao were lying on it. They had lost everything, passports, money,everything, they only had the clothes they had on..

While we were waiting, people brought around food for us, and juice and water 

Story was shortened. 

Update from Sept 2001

Juanito and Tomasita and children-lost everything-they are rebuilding, but it will cost a lot and the government is only helping with a small amount of cash and a line of credit. They have already rebuilt a few buildings. Stay tuned as I tell you wonderful stories of this family and their strength.

Tina Winterlik(me)(Canada),-cabana tenant-  What I lost in the fire. I had no insurance. Nikon zoom espio 928 camera, tripod & film, photographs, essential oils, tape recorder, tapes, clothes, hat etc. On the bright side, since my camera burned, I needed an outlet for my artistic energy. I started to paint-watercolours. Many people really encouraged me, and I hope that I will be able to show you my paintings soon. I am going to make them into cards and both cards and original paintings will be available for sale. I painted over 50 paintings after the fire.

Fast foward 16 years. Here is my current website https://zipolita.com. I re-branded myself Zipolita- because I carry a little bit of Zipolite in my heart everywhere I go. https://zipolita.com/watercolour-paintings/ 


Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2001

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2001

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2001

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2001

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

YVR airport to San Cristobal de Las Casas #AdventurezInMexico



Hola Amigos, so this is the journey so far. I hope you like it.

If you do like and are able could make a little donation to my Patreon and help support us a little.  Think about it! I would really appreciate it! Gracias. https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?c=210166



Adventurez In Mexico is a blog about the Journey of a Canadian Mother and Child(whose father is Mexican) and their Adventurez and they travel, learn and explore the Mexican landscapes, language and cultural traditions. 

Tina, who goes by Cristina aqui and Angel, but they like to call her Angela, became pregant in Mexico but due to circumstances such as 9//11 and other issues returned to Canada to have her child. She could not return until Angel was 6, then again at 7 and at 10, she managed to get the money to come to Mexico for 5 months. The father helped with the first trip but after Tina has raised her child alone as the child's father is poor. Oaxaca is a very poor state. People are lucky if the make $20 a day. Now Tina, me, I have managed to get back for Angel's 15th year, a very important year in a young Mexican woman's life. We will have a tiny Quinceañera 
But really just coming to Mexico is the gift. Stay tuned for our Adventurez In Mexico as we will be here until the end of February. Follow along and learn what it is like to live like Mexicans in Oaxaca do. Come visit. Come to Zipolite, West Jet is going to have a big sale in November...if you coming please let me know...I need some things, like eucalytus oil and probably more lavender.


We have a wish list,
2 fishing rods,
2 old bikes
a bunk bed, so Angel can have her own bed
things like that. Not much...

Okay, besos y abrazos!
Zipolita (Cristina) y Angelita (Angela) really Tina and Angel but they change our names here..
They don't like the name Tina...it means bathtub and they think Angel is a boy's or mans name so they change it...to Angela. Different cultures...did you learn something...we will teach you lots.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Don Muchos, El Panchan, Kim Balam, Palenque, Chiapas

I just love Palenque. And when Angel was 6 I took her on the same journey we just took. We started in Cancun and then bussed to Merida, then Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas and then to Zipolite...this time we stopped in Huatulco before Zipolite.

Anyways, we stayed a Kim Balam... I don't think it was called that the first time..but what I remembered was reading about El Panchan and then we got there and met all sorts of cool people and had fun at the ruins and ate at Don Muchos and Angel loved the chocolate milk.

When we arrived this time she was so tired. We had spent 2 days in Cancun, then bused to Merida and then spent 4 hours in the bus depot and took the night bus to Palenque so we could save on the hotel and also because we needed to make time..and get to Zipolite asap to secure a room because high season is coming.

So when we got there I just let her sleep and I went over to Don Muchos and ordered a lovely seafood pasta to go. It was super yummy. We went into town that night and got our bus tix for San Cristobal and for Huatulco.

We went to the Ruins the next day and it was wonderful. We took a camieta up and walked back. We wanted to go to Agua Azul and Mishol-ha but just didn't have the cash. Hopefully we will get to there next time. It had been raining a lot so they would be brown and not blue so maybe there was a reason we just weren't supposed to go. The little creek by our cabana rose really high with all the water. It was not the usual. They said they thought maybe the earthquake changed something.  As it was the waterfall at Palenque was really flowing so that was beautiful!

I loved our room at Kim Balam Cabanas. It's the same one we had when Angel was six. Brought back so many memories. Lots of fun! We could here the howler monkeys and we even saw one. So that was really cool. We had a great time.

Here are 2 videos I made of Don Muchos. I will make more of Kim Balam and others. Took a ton of  photos at the ruins and the whole trip. I can only put up small video right now because internet is slow. I will put up a movie when we get back to Canada I guess.

Don't take your high speed internet for granted. We are extremely blessed to have it and many people just don't realize it.

Actually when we were at Kim Balam and Don Muchos there was no internet. The earthquake messed it up. It messed me up a bit but there was free Wi-fi at the ADO bus station and that really was a life saver because it helped me book my hotel for San Cristobal. That's another story...I will save for the next post.

Until then stay tuned for more Zipolita'z y Angelita'z Adventurez in Mexico
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Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Come to Zipolite! #AdventurezInMexico


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017


When were were in Huatulco the other day, a beloved soul put flowers in our hair and sang if your are coming to Huatulco be sure to wear flowers in your hair...but I have always sang it for Zipolite...it's more fitting...Do you know this song?

If you're going to San Francisco (Zipolite*)
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna meet some gentle people there
For those who come to San Francisco (Zipolite*)
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco (Zipolite*)
Gentle people with flowers in their hair
All across the nation
Such a strange vibration
People in motion
There's a whole generation
With a new explanation
People in motion
People in motion
For those who come to San Francisco (Zipolite*)
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco (Zipolite*)
Summertime(Wintertime*) will be a love-in there
If you come to San Francisco (Zipolite*)
Summertime (Wintertime*) will be a love-in there
https://play.google.com/music/preview/T4k47s7em5jw744v7smnzuu6tue?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-lyrics


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
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Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
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Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
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Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
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Here's some photos from Zipolite that I took this week. I have video I want to post but the internet is slow after the earthquake and it takes quite a while but I will post little ones in a bit. And the big movie will have to wait until we get back to Canada in February most likely.



Here's the visit to Palenque. I have more but have only edited these so far.  Lots of work to do.



Here is the bus ride from Palenque to San Cristobal.


Here's our visit in Cancun, we started there, bused to Merida, Palenque, San Cristobal Las Casas, Huatulco and then Zipolite.



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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hola Amigos! We Made It!!

Finally! After 5 long years we are back in our beloved Mexico.
I have missed it so bad. I am so happy to be back. I have so much to share. But I will only write a bit right now.

We started down on Sept 27th. We flew from Vancouver to Cancun and stayed 2 nights at the Alux. Then we took an 5 bus ride to Merida. We decided to push on, and spent 4 hours in the bus depot and took a 8.5 hour night bus to Palenque. There I got a room at our favourite place Kim Balam. It's so cool. Close to the ruins and you can hear the Howler monkeys. It rained tons and the little creek by our cabana got so high I got a little scared but it was all good. We had a great day at the ruins and ate great food at Don Muchos at the El Panchan. From there we went to San Cristobal on an 8 hour bus, they don't go through Ocosingo anymore they go around and through Villahermosa. In San Cristobal we spent one night at Le Git de Sol and then spent a great day wandering the streets and checking out all the markets and shops. We had cappuccino at the Gazebo in the Zocalo...the same place I had my first back in 1990. Then we took the 10 hour bus from San Cristobal to Huatulco and had a lovely breakfast and a little tour of the town and then we got in a van to the crossroads in Pochutla and a taxi to Zipolite! And here we are! It was a tough trip traveling so far so fast but rewarding with so many sights and experiences. I have ton of photos to edit and videos to make but internet is slow after the earthquake. So I will do the best I can.

Sending out love and light to you all. So happy to be here again. Home again. Zipolite is my Mexican home, it's where my child was concieved and I have brought her back when she was 6, 7, 10 and now 15. We are here for 5 months.

We will be homeschooling and I will be doing online work. If you need a website or business cards or social media help let me know.

So here's a few photos of our trip. Stay tuned for more Adventurez In Mexico.
#AdventurezInMexico

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017