Scenes from San Sebastián del Oeste

??????????????????????On Christmas Eve (I know, I’m three months late in posting this), my friend Rachel and I took a day trip to San Sebastián del Oeste, a tiny little town in Jalisco, east of Puerto Vallarta.

On our way we stopped at a tiny family-run tequila factory, Don Lalín, where we learned all about the processes of making tequila and got to try some of his samples.

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We also stopped at a coffee farm just outside the town where we took a walk through the coffee bean fields and watched the beans go through a dozen machines before releasing that beautiful aroma we’ve come to know and love.

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Once we actually got to San Sebastián del Oeste, however, we fell into silence. The town’s beautiful, colonial streets reminded me of the little towns I’d visited in Chiapas a year before. As much as I love D.F., when I return to Mexico, this is exactly the kind of town I want to spend a few months in: Just walking the streets, getting to know the locals, going to the markets every day, soaking up the quietness by focusing on my writing.

We were told that most of the 1000 residents were U.S. citizens who only came down for the weekend during the holidays to enjoy the tranquility and isolation this little place provided.

I could try a hundred ways to describe how gorgeous walking around this little, historical town was but, instead, I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.

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Inside a jail cell.

Inside a jail cell.

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