A Day in the Life on World Tour – Zipolite, Oaxaca

We have been in Zipolite, Oaxaca now for a couple of weeks and have really settled into our little place, Tres Cabanas, quite well. Aside from our weekend trips and gatherings with Lindsey and Edgar (and our new friend Annie!), weekday life is pretty slow and similar actually to life back home in San Diego (without a job of course), except you wake up to roosters, everyone speaks Spanish, and the ocean is so warm you can stay in it for hours without a wetsuit! To give you a picture of what we are doing on a semi-regular basis, we thought we’d share with you our daily routine. Apologies in advance for posting about things as mundane as going to the bathroom to brush our teeth!


5:00am– It’s still dark out but we know it’s almost dawn as the roosters are sounding their morning alarm. Does everyone in Mexico have a rooster or has the same one been following us around from town to town? Nadie sabe (nobody knows). We go back to sleep.

8:00am– Wake up, stare at the pink mosquito net surrounding us. The first few nights, mosquitoes snuck their way into the net and were actually trapped inside with us. As you can imagine, it wasn’t a good night’s sleep. Since then, we’ve begun eliminating all entrances into the net and covering any holes (more details on this process is described below) and it’s been helping a lot. Most days now we don’t wake up with welts all over our faces! Hoorah! Head over to the bathroom cabana and get ready for the day.

9:00am– Breakfast made in our cocina (kitchen) cabana and enjoyed on the open-air window seat in our “living room” cabana. Sometimes eggs on tortilla with avocado and habanero sauce. Sometimes yogurt and granola with apple and banana and honey. IMG_6367Always accompanied with a fresh passionfruit picked from the yard. Have you ever tried one of these? They are UNREAL. Nature’s candy. And we have unlimited access to them. For free. After breakfast, we bum on the internet, read a bit, chat about our dreams, etc.

10:30am– Hit the waves! The beach is about a 2 minute walk down a steep dirt road. Jon carves it up. Carolyn mostly surfs the white wash (although she caught her first face recently..far out!). Both are aware of rip currents, close-out waves, and sea life. Zipolite is known as “playa de muerte” or Death Beach as decades ago beginner swimmers couldn’t fight the rip currents and were swallowed by the sea. About 10 years ago, volunteer lifeguards (usually restaurant owners and workers) began putting up colored flags indicating danger levels, warning swimmers where the rips were, and jumping in with boogie boards to save those who didn’t listen. Since then, deaths are almost non existent, although the strength of the ocean remains the same and they rescue hundreds of people per year. Don’t worry mom and dad, we only go out when the waves are small and in areas without a rip current. Seriously, don’t worry! 🙂

12:00pm– Cold shower then lunch in the living room cabana, overlooking the beach. Lunch is often fish or carne asada tacos made with warm fresh tortillas from the tortilleria down the road. When we are low on ingredients or feeling lazy, a PB&J or noodles with butter and garlic does the trick. Then we read, practice Duolingo, and sometimes chat for hours about past memories, upcoming travel plans, how much we love this place, or our new exciting business idea (more on that once we’ve fleshed it out a bit!).

4:30pm– Yoga/Feldenkrais class…next door, literally. Isa, our teacher, is this vibrant, peppy, and loving tiny woman who instructs us to use a “mitra” or foam meter stick that we lay atop. The mitra sits beneath and along the spine starting at the shoulder blade region. We do exercises on this for the first 30 minutes. At first we were baffled by how different the classes were from the hatha/vinyasa yoga classes we were used to in San Diego. However, we’ve come to really love the exercises, the relaxing pace, and the focus on alignment, posture, and natural body movements. She usually goes an hour over schedule which is fine by us!

7:00pm– Cold shower rinse. Walking just 10 feet can work up a sweat so we take showers often to cool down and also ward off mosquitoes (they are attracted to warm sweaty bodies). Pause, enjoy the beautiful sunset from our view atop the mountain overlooking the beach. Breathtaking every time. Dinner usually consists of leftovers from lunch or we make eggplant stir fry, spaghetti, lentil/rice dish, fish fillet with garlic and soy sauce, tacos, or something random with the ingredients we have. Sometimes ice cream, a passion fruit, or chocolate for dessert.


8:00pm– Read, talk, watch a move in Spanish usually with (but sometimes without) English subtitles.

10:00pm– Head down to the first level of our 3 level “living room” cabana. Brush, take out contacts, clean kitchen, lock doors, pack up laptop and valuables, bring to “bedroom” cabana. Sometimes stray dogs greet us at our door step. Good thing they are the nice ones.

10:30– Get into mosquito net. Now this sounds like a simple task, but since mosquitoes are a real issue, we have a process. Carolyn enters the mosquito net first. She inspects all of the walls for any rogue mosquitoes who made their way in during the day. Once the coast is clear, Jon enters, quickly. Carolyn inspects briefly to ensure none got in while Jon entered. The “doors” or openings in the net get clipped together with clothes pins so no buggers sneak their way in during the night. Then we drift off to the sound of sometimes wind, sometimes rain, sometimes barking dogs, and always crashing waves. Buenas noches amigos.


Stay tuned for the next post where we describe some of our weekend adventures where we actually “did” stuff…including spear fishing!