RIDING WITH CHICKENS ON A TAILGATE TO A HIDDEN GEM OF COLOMBIA

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

HOUSE SITTING, A NOMAD’S VACATION

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... Continue Reading →

MURDER AT THE FINCA

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... Continue Reading →

BUDGET ACCOMMODATIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA

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,... Continue Reading →

A DARK TURN

They say some things are better left buried. I have often thought about writing a book about breaking free from my previous marriage that was wrought with abuse.  The book would delve into what it took to break away from the religious legalism that kept me there for so long.  Everyone goes through struggles in life and mine are no more... Continue Reading →

HOW TO PACK FOR TWO YEARS

A little over one year ago we decided to sell everything we owned except what would fit in our two backpacks and take off to travel the world, as light as possible.   Over the next eight months that followed we quit our jobs, sold our stuff including cars, a motorcycle, our home and just about... 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 →

MY 5 FAVORITE THINGS IN LEON, NICARAGUA

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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