Author Archives: Desiree Bilon

The Dreaded Minivan in Maui

Honolua Bay, Photo by: Desiree Bilon To my horror the only vehicle available for rent was a Dodge Caravan – A MINIVAN. What irony! What mockery! From the time I obtained my learner’s license at age 14, I had a … Continue reading

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Shotgun Wedding Bells Ring in Maui

Photo: Arien Sherman Gone surfing, I’ll be back in time for the wedding.  I slid the note under the door to my mom’s hotel room.  Instead of sticking around to get ready with mom and the girls, I decided to … Continue reading

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A Model Town: San Francisco, Nayarit

“San Pancho, San Pancho, San Panchooooo!” sings out the colectivo taxi driver as he circles the main boulevard, in search of additional riders. The door is cranked wide open, and we are going slowly enough for passengers to jog up … Continue reading

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Bugs versus suffocation

It’s 7:00AM. The sky is still completely dark. I’m up before the sun today because we are supposed to go surfing at another beach, farther away. With the way I’m feeling—run down and achey on the inside—I don’t think I … Continue reading

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7 Steps to Finding Italian Pizza, Outside of Italy

Just imagine. You are in a foreign country and you have been eating the local cuisine now for weeks. And while you enjoy the exotic flavors, you would like a bit of a change. Your tummy is calling for something … Continue reading

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The Whirlwind

This post is part of my first assignment for Matador U‘s online Travel Writing Course. My travel addiction started with a grade 9, whirlwind trip to Europe.  I was 14, shy and mostly scared. Packing for trips was something I hadn’t … Continue reading

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A tale of clumps and chumps

In theory, all beaches in Mexico are public. In reality, resorts and private homes often block off access to the beach and to the waves. Since we were going to be heading towards the airport, I thought it would be … Continue reading

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The Delicious Power of Creation

I come from a long line of bakers and although no one in that lineage claims to be a professional, baking is in the blood. The baking legacy in my family bridges several generations—a shared tradition that has become my … Continue reading

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Transito and Transportes: the Mexican license plate exchange

I just spent the better part of the day at the Delegacion de Transito y Transportes de Nayarit. The first time I went there was a few days ago, on Friday.  I should know better by now that in order … Continue reading

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Bistrot O Delices

Easy and enjoyable eating The latest addition to Bucerias, offering modest dining all day long, is the quaint Bistrot O Delices located on Calle Galeana 14A.  A bistro (or bistrot) is akin to a cafe; a small restaurant that serves moderately priced, … Continue reading

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