Riding with Chickens on a Tailgate to a Hidden Gem of Colombia

Guadalupe

I sat squeezed into a truck bed equipped with tiny benches.  The vinyl roof was stretched over the roll bars, with the sides rolled up for airflow.  Our packs were strapped on top of the truck, something we generally don’t do. This time we felt comfortable with it since Trin would be standing on the open … Read more

Can a Recluse Live a Life of Travel?

As a child, I dreamed of building my own dwelling in the woods and living alone, self-sufficient off the land.  I like people, I really do. I love a good party and I revel in great conversations, but a part of me longs to be secluded. Time alone is important. Does that make me a recluse … Read more

House Sitting, a Nomad’s Vacation

House sitting in Villa de Leyva

Something about getting on a bus headed to a place I have never been with all our belongings on our laps or in the bin overhead simply excites me. I get a giddy feeling and a goofy grin on my face.  However, it can also be exhausting moving constantly from place to place.  Sometimes it … Read more

Murder at the Finca

Ducks on a pond

WARNING!  This post contains graphic content. I was sitting there quietly working on my book in the afternoon in my favorite spot when Vidal, the stableman, appeared on the sidewalk, Trin walking behind him. “There’s been a murder,” Trin said in such a dramatic tone that I almost expected to hear the Law and Order signature double … Read more

Budget Accommodations In Central America

Uvita Costa Rica

I heard a scratching sound, close by.  I reached for my phone under my pillow.  It was 1AM.  The scratching continued and was accompanied by the crinkling sound of a plastic bag.  I turned on the phone’s flashlight and pointed it toward the noise above our heads.   It was a large, might I say very large roach, … Read more

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 … Read more

My 5 Favorite Things In Leon, Nicaragua

Leon Street Art

Here’s a list of my favorite things in Leon, Nicaragua.  We spent the entire month of December 2016 there to take a break from travelling.  We were able to attend cultural events like La Purisima, and a Nicaraguan New Year celebration, but for the most part we just took it easy. 1.  Sopa de leche Literally … Read more

Eight Great Destinations In NICARAGUA

You can live on $22 a day (for a couple) and see the country of Nicaragua. Here are eight great areas to see. Included are a few tips to save money. As rain plays music off the steel deck of our ship and droplets break the smooth waves all around us I lean back sipping … Read more

Sixty Feet Underwater in Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro. Star Beach

The pain in my ears was greater than any pressure I have ever felt on a flight.  My eyes seemed to be bulging as if they were going to come out of their sockets and my throat was constricting.  I was 30 feet (10 meters) underwater and desperate to return to the surface to breathe. JUST BREATHE I signaled … Read more

Strays Of Nicaragua

Starving horse

The look of hope in her eyes broke my heart. Just a moment ago she lay there sleeping in the dust. A tan coat stretched over her hip bones and ribs. Ears twitched as she dreamt. I waited on the bench nearby till she opened her eyes. She looked around sadly till I moved toward … Read more

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