For all my tens of readers out there, sorry for the two month lapse. Got distracted. Mainly by the holidays. And good pizza in the States. Getting back on track here now. If only for posterity. Quito We spent four days in Quito before flying back to Boise for the holidays. We crashed in the … Continue reading Catching Up To Now
We didn't actually dance. Thought about it, though. SalentoOur first stop after our two and half month stint in Jardin. Salento is the rich man's Jardin, in that it will cost you more for less of an experience. It's discovered. Gringos roam the streets like the bulls of Pamplona. It's touristy. Hawkers hound you on … Continue reading Last Tango in Colombia
Because two is never enough. HalloweenAmerican arrogance. Misguided exceptionalism. I figured that no country, at least no country without a mammoth commercial-holiday-industrial complex where candy corns and costumes and bric-a-braces are hawked for weeks often months before the holiday, could outperform the Untied States. But I figured wrong. Colombia puts on a show. The kids … Continue reading Fun Jardin Quirks #3
Find your beach.... Sailing to PanamaI'm fascinated by sailing. Partly because I have a healthy fear of the ocean. And it's healthy to confront your fears...right....right?! Part of that's because it feels primordial. Sailboats were constructed as early as 4000 BC. And part of that's because of the romance. Finding that hidden white-sand beach. For … Continue reading Islas de San Blas, Panama
After three failed attempts — once near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, once in Monteverde National Park in Costa Rica, and once in Santa Elena National Park in Costa Rica — we finally saw one! Four in fact. Parque Nacional Los QuetzalesWe decided, or I suppose I forced, we'd give spotting the quetzal one final shot. … Continue reading The Resplendent Quetzal!
We spent almost two weeks — and I struggled / hated myself for typing this next word, but it just seemed like the right word — chillaxing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Despite raining nearly 75% of the time, it was epic. Sloths, Sloths, Two Toed Sloths, Three Toed SlothsEverett's song about sloths, … Continue reading Costa Caribe, Costa Rica
You take the good with the bad. Or so we've experienced. Aventura Una We hustled to Nicaragua. We'd been told by some Australian and German backpackers in El Salvador that the political situation in Nicaragua was getting worse. Borders were getting blocked. Violence. Blockades were increasing. If you're going to go, they said, go through … Continue reading Nicaragua