Violence and Resistance: Medellin

"In 1991 Medellin was the murder capital of the world, with a homicide rate of 381 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants."  -IBD Memory House Museum We spent almost the entire day today at the Museo Casa de la Memoria (Memory House Museum) in Medellin.  I entered the unadorned, almost utilitarian building, as a curious tourist and... Continue Reading →

69 Days in Costa Rica

Cost Rica has much to offer and beautiful places to see.  Even though it is more expensive than Nicaragua, we were still able to average a spend of only $32 a day for both of us combined.   This includes all of our living expenses except health insurance.   The map below shows the places that we... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten People

The Red Zone As we turned the corner into San Jose's red zone a woman with her eyes to the sky staggered toward us.  She wore years of hardship on her face and a hopelessness to her gait.  I'm sure the three older women that we were with could protect us.  At least they wanted to. ... Continue Reading →

Threats and Accidents on Beautiful Ometepe, Nicaragua

The bike slid and I saw it all happen in slow motion.  As our bodies approached the dusty rocky road surface I knew that we would lose a bit of skin. Before I could think any further, we got really intimate with the beautiful island of Ometepe, skin to gravel. The island is composed of two beautiful... Continue Reading →

They Burned Him at Midnight

When you see them running toward you, turn around and run.   Our New Year's eve began with a dinner cooked by Trinity for Manuel and Rome.  They  own and run the hostel where we are staying.  They are a very kind, quiet couple who care about the people who stay here.  Trin made chicken adobo... Continue Reading →

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