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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

Critters of the Tropics

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | Views [3016]

Wherever you go you're going to encounter critters. It may be ants in your kitchen or a fly buzzing around your lounge, or it may even be a bee that lost itself on its way back to the hive. When you visit the tropics, whether it's your first time or ... Read more >

Construction starts!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | Views [855]

Yesterday we were counselors at the summer camp. Today would be the start of construction for our half of the group. Jace woke me early and we all ate a big hearty breakfast before packing lunches for the day. It's quite a drive from the lodge to the ... Read more >

DREAM summer camp

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | Views [1231]

Here we are! Set to go for Day #1 of work in Caraballo. This morning I was up early; the best part of waking up is Dominican coffee (not Folgers) in your cup. With my coffee I had a delicious breakfast of bacon, braised potatoes, and toast. I keep ... Read more >

The ISV Crew

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | Views [2065]

Melissa . AKA Melly-Moo. She loves the environment. She loves the world. She loves animals! She'll walk up and talk to a cow like Dr. Dolittle. And she most definitely loves her men; like a school girl who cuts out photos of ... Read more >

Photos: Caraballo

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

Children and construction! A life-changing experience!
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Thunder is Loud!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 16 Jun 2012 | Views [1336]

Last night it was so difficult sleeping! Dogs were barking all night. I expected this place to be totally quiet but this morning I was angry at dogs in general! Exhausted I was at 7 AM when I was awoken for breakfast. Even though we weren't working ... Read more >

Photos: Tubagua

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Cooking and Shopping

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | Views [1294]

Mangu was on the menu this morning as I woke up a wee bit early. It was tasty but I must admit it was better at Jorge's house. Monica was out of coffee and there wasn't enough time to prepare some at her sister's house. As I gaze at the houses here ... Read more >

La Cumbre

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 | Views [2932]

Today was our big trip to La Cumbre waterfall! Even though it's not a "class" today it's an ALPI-sponsored activity. After a delicious breakfast, Johnny, Kealan, Torrie, Francesca, and I were packed in the back of the taxi on our way to ... Read more >

Class at ALPI

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 9 Jun 2012 | Views [1156]

No alarm clock! This morning I awoke fearing I was late for class but it turned out I awoke just in time. Breakfast was a simple Dominican fare: rice, salami, eggs, and fruit. Easy enough it was to wash down with a cup of coffee before we were set ... Read more >


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | Views [2026]

Santiago de los Caballeros is it's official name but it's often just "Santiago" in the eyes of the locals. This is where I arrived this afternoon. There are airports in Santiago as well as Puerto Plata but it's a rather short bus ride of ... Read more >

Photos: Santiago de los Caballeros

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Santo Domingo: the other side

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | Views [1542]

Why did the nomad cross Santo Domingo? To get to the other side. Remember that old "Why did the chicken cross the road?" anti-joke that you always hear as a child. The past few days I've experienced one side of Santo Domingo, today I would ... Read more >

The Oldest City

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | Views [2283]

It's hot! It's steamy! It's crowded! It's frenetic! Yet, it's also historical! Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. Founded in 1496 by Columbus' brother, it's got some very old architecture and is home to the Cathedral ... Read more >

Tags: cities

Photos: Santo Domingo

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 3 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Heat of the D.R.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 3 Jun 2012 | Views [1278]

The first thing you'll feel when you're in Santo Domingo is the heat and humidity; I surely felt it. There's nothing better than being in an air-conditioned car on a day like today. Andres, a CSer picked me up from the airport, and the first thing ... Read more >

Sin City, UGH!

USA | Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 | Views [1731]

It's rare that I journey around the USA and as a result its rare that I write stories about it, but this misadventure would be one to forget! My plan was to hitchhike to Zion National Park, and I was all set to go with plenty of gear and warm clothes.... Read more >

Two Pistols and a Machete

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | Views [1441] | Comments [1]

Alone I was on a volcano, shaking. Alone I was, scared. Alone I was, in complete shock! It actually happened! I was robbed by three men brandishing guns and a machete! It's not so much that I was robbed, but rather that it happened and where it happened.... Read more >


GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Views [3021]

The botfly. It may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie: perhaps a robotic fly with a camera that can fly into all those little hard-to-reach places and find out what's going on and what we can learn. Trust me, it's anything but! The human botfly ... Read more >

Photos: Antigua

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

Guatemala's colonial jewel
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Tankers, danger, and the colonial capital

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Views [972]

With Semuc Champey wrapped up, I began my journey toward Antigua. In the cab of a big rig I was, going up the winding and gravel road out of Lanquin and onto the road toward Guatemala City. Up a series of twists, turns, and hairbends, it took over ... Read more >

Photos: Semuc Champey

GUATEMALA | Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

After walking 11 km to get here, I dive in head-first and fully-clothed!
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Semuc Champey

GUATEMALA | Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | Views [1417]

I rise up this morning to take a test of my true adventureness! Whilst El Retiro boasts a beautiful setting, I regret staying here. They're nice enough to let me store my bag as I stuck 50 quetzales (price of admission to Semuc Champey) in my pocket.... Read more >

Tags: water

La Casa de Federico

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 19 Feb 2012 | Views [1146]

"La Casa de Federico" is what I said to the driver as I got on the sardine-packed bus toward San Jose (in Guatemala, not Costa Rica). He knew precisely how to get there! Driving seemingly in a circle around Lake Peten it was pouring down ... Read more >

Tags: nature, organics, people

Photos: Tikal

GUATEMALA | Saturday, 18 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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GUATEMALA | Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | Views [1334]

Dark it was with the moon shining as I awoke at 4:30 AM to set out toward Tikal. I didn't need much: just my passport, money for admission and food, and my camera, and I was out the door. With a rock in hand (to ward off dogs) I hoped for some quick ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, maya, ruins

Photos: Flores

GUATEMALA | Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

Flores, Santa Elena, San Jose, and the surrounding area
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Photos: Xunantunich

BELIZE | Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Tale of Stone Lady

BELIZE | Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | Views [1069]

As I'm in the car with Matt, Claire, and Maddi, I was thinking of going to Spanish Lookout to hopefully meet some Mennonites but I decided to go along with them west toward Guatemala. They were discussing visiting the Mayan ruin of Xunantunich (pronounced ... Read more >

Tags: maya, ruins

Photos: Barton Creek

BELIZE | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Barton Creek Outpost

BELIZE | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | Views [1238]

Today is Valentines Day and I'm with my greatest love: the world! I'm really excited to be at the Barton Creek Outpost, and they're not kidding when they say it's an outpost. And they mean "Outpost" with a capital "O". Run by ... Read more >

Caye Caulker a-cruisin'

BELIZE | Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | Views [1172]

Waking up from a sound sleep of only a few hours at 3 AM as a result of barking dogs I sit there, playing Dr. Mario and staring at the wall, only leaving my room a while later to have a shower. I was unable to fall back asleep and not able to leave the ... Read more >

Tags: beaches

Photos: Caye Caulker

BELIZE | Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

free love, relaxation, magical sunsets....the quintessential Caribbean place!
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Photos: Belize City

BELIZE | Sunday, 12 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Belize at Last

BELIZE | Sunday, 12 Feb 2012 | Views [539]

This morning I left Federico's house with most of my stuff, two dead camera batteries, and a little bit of power in the remaining one. Federico let me leave some of my stuff because I'll be back in a few days. After hitching two rides in the back of ... Read more >

Giant Stelae

GUATEMALA | Saturday, 11 Feb 2012 | Views [651]

Flores has Tikal, Honduras has Copan, Chiapas has Palenque...but there are many other Mayan sites dotted around the northern half of Central America. The truly adventurous, however can make the journey past all the banana plantations to the legendary ... Read more >

Photos: Quiriguá

GUATEMALA | Saturday, 11 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

Mayan ruin in southeastern Guatemala
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HONDURAS | Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | Views [1084]

The first great Mayan site I'd visit on my "journey of rediscovery" would be Copan: Honduras' most famous. This morning I awoke early so I can make my way toward Copan, as it's about a 2-hour drive from La Entrada to Copan Ruinas despite ... Read more >

Tags: maya

Photos: Copán

HONDURAS | Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: La Entrada

HONDURAS | Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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