Bit by the dumb traveler bug

Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

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Bit by the dumb traveler bug

Because it has become a tradition for us in Central America, Dave and I crossed the Belize/Mexico border after dark, on foot, and without having exchanged currency. How this keeps happening, I don’t understand, but at least it makes for a good story… Guatemala to Mexico. It seemed like an easy enough trip until we [...]

Rolling with the Chicken Bus

Nicaragua

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Rolling with the Chicken Bus

Most everyone who has spent time in central america has had the luxury of riding the local bus system, known fondly throughout all the region as the chicken bus. Look familiar? The majority are old American school buses- the ones you rode to school as a child. Little of the interior has changed, and for [...]

Nicaragua- it's different now.

Nicaragua

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Nicaragua- it’s different now.

After a highly televised history of conflict and violence, Nicaragua is on the verge of becoming the next big thing for travelers. Already, it’s a lovely, gratifying tourist destination. Many in the know are already here, enjoying the sublime views, sunshine, and outdoor adventures this country has to offer. Which is partially why we’ve been [...]

Panama in Summary

Panama

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Panama in Summary

What we did: A bit over a month of overland travel from Colon (where the ship let us off), traveling north. This was our first stop in a country where we had virtually no plans whatsoever prior to arriving. As we learned, this really opened us up to any opportunity that arose, and it ended [...]

Boquette

Panama

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Boquette

Sometimes a brief trip through an unexpected place brings along with it some writer’s block. Our two and half day stop in Boquette was one of those stops. Originally planning to stop in David for one night on our way to Bocas del Toro, we ended up catching a ride with some friends and happily [...]

Sand & Sea: Life on a quiet beach

Panama

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Sand & Sea: Life on a quiet beach

The sea. The sand. The surf. A tiny resort with a solar system and a few rainwater pumps. A camping tent, a swarm of lightning bugs, and a choir of tropical animals that lull the non-nocturnal to sleep each evening. A daily bout of sun, and a daily rush of tropical rain. A setting where [...]

Thanksgiving on Isla Bastimentos

Panama

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Thanksgiving on Isla Bastimentos

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! We’re happy to report that we’ve found some temporary work here in Bocas del Toro. Our next few weeks may bring fewer posts, but we’ll try and keep everyone updated as much as possible. We are staying on the beautiful island of Bastimentos, on a quiet beach hidden in the dense rainforest. [...]

The Canal and the City

Panama

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The Canal and the City

I didn’t go to the canal. The most famous tourist attraction in Central America, and I never mustered the motivation to go. It just didn’t interest me. I feel a little guilty, but not guilty enough to force myself onto a bus, just to squeeze my way into a crowd of people furiously snapping pictures [...]