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Central America

  • Stupid Gringo Tattoo

    I walk into my local hole-in-the-wall also know as a Tienda. I’ve got the munchies and I’ve decided to have a little mid-afternoon snack. I know just what I want, walk straight over and pick up a small package of Cremax de Nieve sabor a chocolate – that is chocolate flavored creme wafer bars. I [...]

  • Old Music and Wandering Stars

    I got up early this morning – well early for me – and went down the street for a breakfast of toast, bacon, and orange juice. Notice – no coffee. This is my second day without coffee. Maybe a temporary thing, maybe not. Then I hiked up into the  village looking for a farmacia. I [...]

  • Clothing in Nicaragua

    Nicaraguans take pride in their appearance and will make sure their clothes are clean, even if they only have one or two outfits. Traditional Nicaraguan clothing includes a simple loose white shirt and long pants for men, with or without embroidery, a straw hat, and bandanna. Women wore embroidered dresses with full skirts, and some kind of kerchief [...]

  • My Hotel Room in Guatemala

    Yesterday we followed The Drifters and went “Up On The Roof.” Today we are going to listen to The Beach Boys and go “In My Room.” (For those of you who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, I’m sorry you missed all the good music and are stuck with the crap they play [...]

  • Up On The Roof

    Time sure passes quickly when you’re having fun – or when you aren’t. Sometimes I don’t remember which is supposed to be what. What I do know is I haven’t made an entry on this blog this year so – here is the first one. I’m still in San Pedro, Guatemala. Still struggling to learn [...]

  • Mexico City for Kids

    Mexico City is a great destination for family travel. Mexicans are known for being kind and welcoming to children, and Mexico City is no exception. It is a city full of culture, museums and interesting neighborhoods. Even activities that might not at first seem geared toward children are easily turned into activities the whole family [...]

  • Crepes in Guatemala

    Out to breakfast this morning determined to have just a couple of pancakes. And that is what I ordered. Sometimes though, things get changed in the translation. Sometimes it is for the better. What you see above is crepes. What you don’t see is that the crepes are stuffed with chocolate and bananas. Must be [...]

  • Oaxaca, Mexico Photos

    Oaxaca City is a beautifully kept regional capital of the state of the same name. Downtown Oaxaca has pedestrian only streets that are fun to stroll along taking in the colonial architecture and chic shops. There are many museums, churches, restaurants and hotels centrally located in the downtown area. The central park, or zocalo, is [...]

  • Christmas Day in Guatemala

    On this beautiful Christmas Day here in Guatemala I am doing pretty much absolutely nothing. This morning I went out with a friend for a giant Latte and big bowl of fruit topped off with granola and yogurt – disgustingly healthy. For lunch I had roast chicken and french fries washed down with a coke [...]

  • Christmas Eve in Guatemala

    I’m used to spending holidays alone now. In fact, I’m used to being alone most of the time so this time is not any different from any other. Well, yes it is different in a few ways. For one thing, it was over 80 degrees today. Not bad for Christmas Eve weather. For another, I [...]