Hitching to Hopkins

Belize

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Hitching to Hopkins

In Belize, hitch-hiking is sort of standard fare. Buses simply don’t run everywhere, and even the most well traveled roads don’t always have regular service. When we wanted to get from Dangriga to the little beach town of Hopkins, we were told that a bus could only take us to the main junction. Hopkins’ buses [...]

Well Done, Belize

Belize

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Well Done, Belize

We try the local beer in every country we go. Not ALL the local beer, just the most famous one or two that you see in every grocery store. We wanted a comparison of the Budweiser in the US, Modelo in Mexico..The big beers. So in each country, we’ve made a point to photograph, and [...]

This is Dangriga

Belize

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This is Dangriga

We wanted three things for our first stop in Belize: a coastal town, a cheap place to stay, and somewhere that wasn’t Belize City. We looked at a map and found that Dangriga was accessible by bus. A quick google search indicated that it was also the biggest city in Southern Belize, one that is [...]

Helping Hands: Travels with Doug & Dave

Belize, Mexico

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Helping Hands: Travels with Doug & Dave

We’ve developed a problem with border crossings over the last month. In short, we were kicked off our direct bus to Belize City at the Mexico border because we hadn’t paid our FMM card. Oops. When I looked online for information on leaving Mexico, the official website clearly stated ‘there is no exit tax’. But [...]

Rainy Days in Chetumal

Mexico

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Rainy Days in Chetumal

Chetumal, Mexico: a border town, a capital, and an underrated stop for travelers. It’s a place that many pass by on a bus, or stick around only long enough for a quick meal before moving on. A working class town whose streets are filled with storefront after storefront of shoe stores, leather shops, pharmacies, and [...]

Comfort Foods of Mexico

Mexico

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Comfort Foods of Mexico

Tiny cooktops balanced on a crate made from backyard scraps, bikes carrying a heaping tray of home made delicacies, the ringing bell of a slow moving pastry case– hawking the foods that eerily compete in flavor with the more expensive plates at nearby restaurants. We eat here many nights; the sidewalks of Mexico. Boiled corn [...]

Sleepy Little Bacalar

Mexico

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Sleepy Little Bacalar

Wandering further off of the tourist trail, we’ve headed south to the little town of Bacalar. The bus stop is little more than a few blocks worth of farmer’s supply stores, metal shops, and a few outdoor Taquerias alongside the highway. At first, we weren’t sure if the choice to follow this dart on the [...]

Snorkeling a Cenote

Mexico

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Snorkeling a Cenote

Having passed up the reputable diving in Cozumel due to the cost, Dave and I decided to visit one of the local Cenotes for a little snorkeling instead. The enormous sinkholes well known all over the Yucatan Peninsula, many offer tours, swimming, and even diving opportunities. The Grand Cenote, about 2 kilometers outside of Tulum, [...]