DAY-TRIPPING IN THE SACRED VALLEY

Walking around the little pueblos in Latin America, it is not uncommon to encounter dogs on the streets and alleyways.  They are pretty much everywhere, and occasionally, they can be very mean. As it were, one day, Trin and I encountered a dog while we were walking along the footpaths of Yanahuara, a tiny village... Continue Reading →

THE UNDISCOVERED JARDIN?

Jardín, Colombia only recently started to appear on guidebooks like Lonely Planet.  In the past, only a few travelers have blogged about it. They call it an undiscovered beautiful little town where travelers will most likely see very few gringos.  It promised to be an authentic experience. Town Center Our bus stopped at the Jardín town... Continue Reading →

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS IN COIBA

I was 90 feet (27 meters) underwater and struggling to pull air in through my regulator.  I told myself to calm down. I knew my anxiety was the contributing issue.  People die from letting fear take over.  I knew I needed to fight this fear and I wanted to conquer it.... Click the title to read more

I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE AGAIN, BOQUETE PANAMA

Boquete Panama The hooves of the horse under me made a rhythmic clop and pine needles shuffled below us.  Mist covered the valley in the distance.  The mountains were lush with their shades of green.  A breeze caressed my skin and the smell of pine filled me with pleasure.  This mountain in Panama is capturing my heart... Continue Reading →

SIXTY FEET UNDERWATER IN BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

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 Breath I signaled... 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. OMETEPE ISLAND The island is composed... Continue Reading →

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NOMAD ON BIG CORN ISLAND

The island provides a backdrop for people's lives to intertwine and create moments that, though ephemeral, enriches our lives with the lasting memories that they provide. Perhaps this is true for any place we go to, and each of our experiences is a unique combination of the interactions we have with the people there, more than the attractions that the place has.

THE TREACHEROUS JOURNEY TO CORN ISLANDS

You will get sick they said. Last year one of the little boats capsized and a lot of people died, one gentleman told me the morning we were leaving Granada. Others at that hostel suggested that we really should fly to our destination. They've heard too many horror stories about the sea journey. Many of... Continue Reading →

SWIMMING A CANYON AND MEETING A MAN SOME CALL CRAZY

Some say he is crazy, others wise.  He is hermit known as the rock man and we were going to make a trek into the jungle to meet him. We navigated the busy bus terminal of Leon, located north of the town in a densely packed market.  The street was filled with vendors selling all kinds of... Continue Reading →

A COLD NIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS: TELICA VOLCANO

I turned over on the grass to lay on my back.  The moon had disappeared beyond the horizon and the wind had cleared an opening in the cloudy sky revealing a canopy of millions of stars. I could hear the next gust of wind headed toward us from far away like a winged night creature bursting by, then I listened... Continue Reading →

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