Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Guatemala, Personal Ramblings, Stories from the Road

Lessons From My Salsa Teacher

If you saw Erika on the street you wouldn’t take much notice. She barely passes 5 feet, her diminutive stature common in the highlands of Guatemala where we met, but do not underestimate this middle-aged Guatemalan woman with red flowers in her hair, she has nunchucks in her purse and she knows how to use… Read More Lessons From My Salsa Teacher

Belize, Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Stories from the Road

A Canoe Trip to Remember in Belize

Our canoes dropped heavily into the green tinted water as our Rastafarian guide David pushed us on our way down the Macal River, just east of San Ignacio, Belize. Smoke curled up from the first canoe as David’s unnamed co-worker lit a pre-river cruise joint. I laughed to myself, and hopped into the second canoe… Read More A Canoe Trip to Remember in Belize

Argentina, Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Personal Ramblings, South America, Stories from the Road

Running on Empty in Argentina: An adventure trail race abroad

The gun sounds and we are off. The motley crew of helmet clad runners shoots past us fumbling foreigners, leaving us to follow their grass stomped path down to the gravel road. The gravel road quickly diminishes to a gravel path, then, after about 500 m, we are on a single-track trail that is more… Read More Running on Empty in Argentina: An adventure trail race abroad

Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Honduras, Stories from the Road

Getting PADI Certified in Utila

There are two places in the world that have the cheapest rates for a PADI Open Water Course, Koh Tao in Thailand and Utila in Honduras. Getting PADI certified in Utila will only set you back around $330 USD and most dive shops will include accommodation for the duration of your course. As we would… Read More Getting PADI Certified in Utila

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Stories from the Road

In Search of Quokkas on Rottnest Island

The sun shines bright on Rottnest Island, the water is a crystalline turquoise that beckons me to its warm embrace, but there is only one thing on my mind, a small, approximately one foot tall marsupial called a quokka. I, like so many others before me, have ventured to this little island about 25 km… Read More In Search of Quokkas on Rottnest Island

Asia, Best of the Blog, Cambodia, Destinations, General Advice, Stories from the Road, Travel Resources

A Day at Angkor Wat

It is dark when we are begrudgingly awoken by my alarm. Ugh 4:30 am, is this even morning or does it still count as the middle of the night? Sleepily, we stumble through our morning routine to a tuk tuk waiting outside and off we go, bumping along the pot holed road into the surprisingly… Read More A Day at Angkor Wat

Best of the Blog, Mexico, North America, Stories from the Road

Mexico: Our Lovely Southern Neighbor

Growing up we were told that Mexico is a dangerous country filled with drug lords and violence, but that can’t be further from the truth. These past two weeks have been my first real visit to our next door neighbor, discounting the trip I took with my family one Easter many years ago, and I… Read More Mexico: Our Lovely Southern Neighbor

Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Guatemala, Personal Ramblings, Stories from the Road

Water and Warfare: Las Fuentes Georginas with a side of history

Okay so I apologize for being a bit AWOL, there’s been a lot going on these past two weeks. Last I wrote I was in the second week and life was great. Life is still pretty good, it’s just starting to feel more like life and less like summer camp. I’m recognizing people in the… Read More Water and Warfare: Las Fuentes Georginas with a side of history

Best of the Blog, Personal Ramblings, Stories from the Road

Second Week Cheer

Ah the second week cheer, it’s a wonderful thing. The first week in a new place is always a bit awkward, getting lost, not being understood, etc. but the second week is brilliant. Everything is still exciting and relatively new, but you have a general idea of where you are and you are starting to… Read More Second Week Cheer

Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Guatemala, Personal Ramblings, Stories from the Road

The Hunger Games: A Guatemalan homestay debacle

The scene is our Guatemalan homestay dinner table. The time is 7pm three days ago. The main characters are the four tortilla chips masquerading as dinner on our plates. Lien walks in and sees the sadness that is currently ensuing, I frown at her, she understands.