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Hola, Belize! Urr, I mean, Hello.

BELIZE | Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | Views [514]

Laguna Miramar was spectacular.  After a 45 minute canoe ride out the far side of the lake, our guide pulled our canoe up onto one of the funky rock formations that ringed the lake like the dirt that would ring a bath tub if I were to take a bath right ... Read more >

Tags: belize

Different, very different

MEXICO | Sunday, 5 Apr 2009 | Views [755]

Ocosingo, Chiapas.  More than any other region in Mexico, it is here in the densely-wooded hills of Chiapas that I feel like a guest.  We're pretty much the only gringos, gueros, white guys.  Here, I feel as though I am being allowed to visit.  I am welcomed, ... Read more >

Tags: chiapas, laguna miramar, ocosingo, zapatistas

Gallery: Guanajuato and Beyond

MEXICO | Saturday, 28 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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MEXICO | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [360]

If you haven´t checked out my photo galleries, you should do it.  The toad will be worth it.  Pete and I aren´t the best photo documentarians, and the pictures that we do have we can´t yet upload.  We´ll just have to turn the pictures into slides so ... Read more >

How About Guanajuato?

MEXICO | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [380] | Comments [1]

Pete and I had planned on heading south all the way to Chiapas, but after a maldestined couple days in La Manzanilla, a sleepy fishing-turned...surprise... tourist town, we woke up in the morning both quite ready to make a break for the mountains.  ... Read more >

Tags: guanajuato, klezmer, shoehorned, spanish school

Palapas, Boobies, and Snatam

MEXICO | Saturday, 7 Mar 2009 | Views [610] | Comments [2]

After the otherworldly landscape of the Baja, Pedro and I took an 18 hour ferry ride across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan, where we had a two hour break before we took a seven hour bus ride to Puerto Vallarta.  Two nights and a day of travel brought ... Read more >

Tags: boobies, humpbacks, snatam kaur, yelapa

Gallery: Yelapa

MEXICO | Saturday, 7 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Hammocks, Boobies, and Palapas
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¿Como estamos aqui?

MEXICO | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | Views [543] | Comments [1]

Well, I hope everyone took it as a good sign that I haven´t updated my blog for some time now.  I never imagined that living this itinerant lifestyle would be so demanding!  Every part of the day demands my attention and admiration: in Oaxaca, it was ... Read more >

Tags: baja, cerulean

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

MEXICO | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Views [800] | Comments [4]

I celebrated the warmest birthday of my life on Sunday.  For our first weekend off of school, we decided to travel to Benito Juarez, a small pueblo literally on top of a 9000 foot mountain.  What a difference four thousand feet make!  Large, shady, verdant ... Read more >

Tags: benito juarez, tiraleza

Gallery: Benito Juarez

MEXICO | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Toda Oaxaca

MEXICO | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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La Principia Semana

MEXICO | Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | Views [574] | Comments [1]

Classes at Amigos del Sol are wonderful.  Four hours a day, the four of us are studying español, talking, learning tenses, and laughing a lot.  The school is outside of town and the director, Rogelio, is about the nicest guy on Earth.  Our maestros, ... Read more >

Tags: language school, oaxaca

El Mercado

MEXICO | Monday, 19 Jan 2009 | Views [659]

We´ve definitely had some growing pains as we´ve learned how to live like the Oaxaqueños.  The day after we found our apartment was a Sunday, and we decided to take a colectivo, a red and white taxi that is invariably an early nineties nissan, to Tlocolula, ... Read more >

25 hours to Oaxaca

MEXICO | Sunday, 18 Jan 2009 | Views [388]

After 25 hours on a single bus, we arrived in Oaxaca at 11 en la noche.  The bus, like all first class buses in latin america, inexplicably played a variety of bad, bad American movies, either subtitled or dubbed in Spanish.  The second one Ben Stiller ... Read more >

Tags: oaxaca

The Beginning or Thereabouts

USA | Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | Views [342] | Comments [1]

Nosotros comienzamos.  My journey with Pete and our friends, Anna and Eric, will officially begin tonight, when we cross the border at Brownsville, Texas.  We have spent an idyllic couple of days at Anna's childhood home, canoeing among alligators in ... Read more >

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