A very happy Friday, everyone! Hope you all have had a great week this week! Here's what we have been up to lately--
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK?
Greg-- I recently fractured a small bone in my foot, so simply leaving the house is an adventure right now. Needless to say, the past week or two has been a little more low key than we are used to, but we are using this time to plan some future adventures and to soak up the Vallarta sun!
Hillary-- I have been super active this week and I'm exhausted. This week I went to my very first gymnastics class in probably 15 or 20 years and had SO much fun. Gymnastics is something I have been wanting to do for several years now and finally found a great place to try it out! Between CrossFit, running, stretching at home, and gymnastics, I am ready for a long weekend nap.
Despite it being difficult for us to get around with Greg's crutches, we did enjoy some time at the beach, a movie at the VIP movie theater, and a delicious meal at Natureza here in PV!
THE BEST FOOD OF THE WEEK
We ate some delicious paninis and goat cheese bruschetta at Natureza Restaurante in the up and coming neighborhood of Versalles in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This delicious restaurant really reminds us of being in Mexico City. It's like being transported right to the neighborhoods of Roma or Condesa! We recommend the goat cheese bruschetta, the tortilla soup, and the pollo chili panini. You can check out their menu here. Address: Francia 137, Versalles, Puerto Vallarta
SPANISH TIP OF THE WEEK
We have been using two different resources to learn Spanish. We highly recommend using the Pimsleur Spanish program if you are starting from zero or have a basic understanding of the language, but want to advance to a more intermediate level. You can try a lesson for free and then the cost is $20 per month for access to the entire Pimsleur library. The great thing about Pimsleur is that it is a great value for the amount of Spanish that you will learn in 1-3 months' time.
If you are more of the beginner-intermediate level and want to take your fluency to the next level, we recommend using Baselang. With Baselang, you pay $150 USD per month and have access to unlimited one-on-one personalized classes with live instructors via Zoom. The downside to Baselang is obviously the cost. $150 USD is pretty steep. However, if you can take 5+ hours of classes per week, we believe that you can really get your money's worth out of the program. Additionally, we have yet to find such a complete, well-rounded program that will most definitely help you improve your Spanish no matter what your current level is. Baselang has its own curriculum that you can follow, tons of electives to choose from, or you can use your class to talk about or study whatever you want!
Try Baselang for one week for just $1 dollar! THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
The Coronavirus has really turned a lot of the world upside down (in one way or another). I think it is safe to say that none of us thought 2020 would be quite like this... But these weird times have been a great reminder that our lives and the world as we know it can change in an instant.
If you have a goal or a dream, now is the time to pursue it! Not tomorrow. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
"There are a lot of things we want to do before we kick the bucket. Unfortunately, it really doesn't feel like we have the money to do any of them. We will just wait until we have enough saved and THEN we will do it!"
Does that sound familiar?
I know it does to me. But here's the thing: we can pursue our goals and dreams now and "gamble" whether or not we will run out of money OR we can wait until the time is perfect, but then we are gambling whether or not we run out of time.
Time or money. Only one of those is a renewable resource.
Running out of money sounds pretty dang scary. That is, until you think about what running out of time means....
PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK
One of us has a birthday coming up :)
We are going to stay at a cool hotel in a city that we have never been to before and I am sure we will find some adventures here in Puerto Vallarta too! As soon as my foot heals up we also have several big adventures around Mexico that we are sure you are going to love!
Hope you all have a great weekend!
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