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Nick and Laina's Adventures

From Mazunte to Coyoacan

MEXICO | Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | Views [760]

Ok everyone, I have written this blog here: http://nickandlaina.blogspot.com/ Check it out, I just wrote a new one. I will continue my blog at this address, so keep reading! -Nick

Chilies Rellenos

MEXICO | Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | Views [1223] | Comments [2]

     For the third time in my life, I was covered from head to toe in mud. The first was in Hawaii, during my first semester, and then again while we were in Cartegena, Colombia, at the mud volcano. This time we were in a traditional native American (Aztec/Mayan/Zapotec) ... Read more >

Monte Albán

MEXICO | Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Views [1012] | Comments [3]

 So we convinced Arianne to come with us to one of the classes we were trying out at a different community center called "IMSS", it is closer to our house. Around 5 in the afternoon we headed out and towards the center, when we got there we ... Read more >

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Como Agua Para Chocolate

MEXICO | Monday, 15 Feb 2010 | Views [996] | Comments [2]

 "¡Nieve, Nieveeee!", you would have heard Chino and me yelling, in between laughs and other jokes, today at the Feria in El Llano, a park in Oaxaca. Casa Hogar had a stand in the middle of the festival and we were selling two types of marmelade, ... Read more >

Tomatillo Salsa

MEXICO | Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | Views [1356] | Comments [5]

     "Hey, whats up dude!?" was how an enthusiastic Arturo greeted me this afternoon after I had been helping clean the kitchen at Casa Hogar.  "¿¡Que onda wey!?" was my equally enthusiatic response, which has about the same meaning ... Read more >

Cocina Méxicana

MEXICO | Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | Views [2031] | Comments [7]

Ok, I hope to capture this story well, and as funny as it was for me. As I said in the last blog, we "thought"  we were enrolled in the Mexican cooking (Cocina Méxicana) class. The reason I said this was because when we first visited the Casa ... Read more >

Casa Hogar de Los Niños de La Luna

MEXICO | Saturday, 30 Jan 2010 | Views [2289] | Comments [5]

 "Said (Sai-eed), Said! Lavarse los manos!"  I find myself saying on a regular basis, at Casa Hogar, the child care center Laina and I have been volunteering at for the last two weeks. The little house which is home to about 23 kids under 6, ... Read more >

Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO | Saturday, 23 Jan 2010 | Views [2304] | Comments [4]

 Oaxaca, pronounced "Wah-hak-ah" , is a small colonial city in the far south of Mexico. We are going to spend at least our next six weeks here. Oaxaca is very pretty and charismatic, there are many cobblestone streets and lots of colonial style ... Read more >

Blackout, Piedra del Sol, Mescal, and a loss of an old friend.

MEXICO | Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | Views [1045] | Comments [4]

We woke up to another beautiful day in Ciudad De México! Heading down to the local bakery, La Speiga, I picked up some fresh baked bread, some croissants, and also a danish. The air is crisp and the the sun is nice and warm. Today we are going to head ... Read more >

Photos: Mexico

MEXICO | Friday, 15 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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MEXICO | Friday, 15 Jan 2010 | Views [1625] | Comments [1]

    Tenochtitlan, the old name for the city now know as Ciudad de Mexico. We woke up late this morning, spent some time with Bronson and then headed out into the city. The first thing i noticed was the extremely comfortable climate. It was about 74 ... Read more >

Viva Mexico!

MEXICO | Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | Views [1289]

Wow, so we are on the road again! We just got into Mexico City (DF) This morning, and we right back in the thick of culture shock! Before I get too far, I'll let you know what we've done since our last post in... St.Croix (that was a while ago). After ... Read more >

Gallery: St. Croix

US VIRGIN ISLANDS | Saturday, 30 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

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St. Croix

US VIRGIN ISLANDS | Saturday, 30 May 2009 | Views [911] | Comments [2]

Well, we made it out of South America, and after 5 months of fun, I definitely have a good impression on the continent. Now we are in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, where we will make this our home for at least a year. Getting here, we moved in ... Read more >

La Candelaria, Bogota

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | Views [4842] | Comments [6]

Well I've gotta say, that I love the city of Bogota, it is most likely my favorite city we've come across on this trip! Our last stop in South America, Bogota, is a high mountain city, at 2600 meters(8500 feet) filled with color, cobblestone streets, ... Read more >

Cartagena De Indias

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | Views [2091] | Comments [2]

Cartagena, Colombia! When you say it, you need to have a strong spanish accent, remember that the "g" is pronounced like a "hey", and is sounds like this, Carta-hey-nah. It is a very cool city.  Our first night in the city, ... Read more >

Warm Caribbean Nights

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | Views [2360] | Comments [4]

Parque National Tayrona is very close to Taganga, however, it is a climate world away. Taganga is in a scorched, hot desert-like coastland, and Tayrona NP is in a thick, humid, tropical jungle. We took the local bus from Santa Marta(right outside Taganga) ... Read more >

Gallery: Colombia

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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COLOMBIA | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Views [1424] | Comments [3]

I´ve gotta admit, Colombians have style. Getting into a taxi cab, the driver sipping a infinitely small cup of dark black colombian coffee(the first group of south americans who actually drink drip coffe, not instant), nice colombian guitar music in ... Read more >

The Begining of the End: The Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Macchu Picchu

PERU | Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | Views [1946] | Comments [2]

The rest of our time in Lima flew by, not to mention the arrival of Mom, Holly and Uncle Don! We spent the last few days befor ethey showed up investigating the catacombs underneath Cathedral San Fransisco, exploring the Lima gold museam, and ... Read more >

Pisco, Paracas, and Lima

PERU | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [2677] | Comments [2]

A lot has happened since we were in Huacachina. Pretty much everyone that I wrote about in the last blog left PSF(Pisco Sin Fronteras), and were replaced by a whole new crew. Iva and Irany from Croatia, Cameron from Arkansas, Aden from Korea, Abi ... Read more >

Pisco Sin Fronteras

PERU | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [1793] | Comments [2]

After leaving Arequipa, we pretty much headed directly downhill(in elevation) and straight to the coast. After a full day of traveling we found ourselves in Pisco, a medium sized coastal city that was struck by an 8.0 earthquake in 2007, and has lots ... Read more >

Gallery: Peru

PERU | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Royal Brittania, Arequipa, and the Condors at Colca Canyon

PERU | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | Views [1588] | Comments [5]

We got into Arequipa, Peru all 7 of us, the 4 british and us 3. We caught two of the super small mini taxis that are everywhere here in Arequipa, and arrived at our new hostel, which apperently, we now own! We were the only people in the whole hostel, ... Read more >

La Paz, Copacabana, Isla del Sol and Lake Titicaca.

BOLIVIA | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [2962] | Comments [7]

La Paz is an awesome city, however let me backtrack to where I left off. After leaving Sucre, we headed to Potosí (I had to pee so bad on the bus ride) to do a tour of Cerro Rico, the richest silver mine in the world. Getting into Potosí it was evident ... Read more >

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