‘Twas a bloody day, the week before Christmas

Are the looks different this morning from others on the street as I pass? Are the locals looking at me differently this morning as I walk the streets of Leon?  Or is it just my imagination after the news this morning.  The same courtesy still exists - the slight move of a stranger to the side... Continue Reading →

Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica

We were warned that the monkeys would steal our lunch here in Manuel Antonio Park.  Turns out the coatis and racoons are just as persistent and made out with not a few sandwiches. Manuel Antonio is nestled on the pacific coast of Costa Rica.  You can take a direct bus to the park from San Jose. ... Continue Reading →

How to not go trick-or-treating in Leon, Nicaragua

The streets are lined with chicken buses. It seems that all of Nicaragua has converged in Leon tonight.  Vendors are on every corner selling quesillos, empanadas, maduros and all manner of small toys.  This is the celebration of the conception of Mary, La Purisima.  In Nicaragua 47% of the population proclaims Catholicism and another 37% protestant.  Leon boasts... Continue Reading →

The World's Worst Pickpocket is in San Juan Del Sur

Heat radiated from the makeshift grill standing crookedly beside the sidewalk.  The early afternoon was already hot.  On the grill was a wok of oil-boiled empanadas.  Pieces of chicken and pork lay directly on the grate next to the wok,  sizzling above the smoldering firewood.  Trin pointed to the piece he wanted and asked "cuanto... Continue Reading →

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