E’S Blog — El Salvador

E’S Blog — El Salvador

(Written by Everett; typed by Dad) Adela’s When we got there, we went to go eat. It was good. Then we went into the pool. It was warm. After the pool, we went to bed. And the next day, we ate breakfast and then we did our work. Then we went into the pool and …

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El Salvador

El Salvador

Home of the MS-13. And pupusas (stuffed tortillas)! Crossing the Border El Salvador is certainly one of the, how do I say this without frightening my parents, more murder-y, err, less safe, countries we’re traveling through. And border towns are typically less safe than other towns. We were determined to van through. Rápido. Then we …

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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala — Part Dos

San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala — Part Dos

We’re outta here in a few days. We’re gunna miss the sites and regular access to showers (though I think we’ve all bathed more in the lago than the shower…). And sleeping in regular beds. However, we’re all excited to leap back into the van. It certainly feels like home at this point. El Fuego …

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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala — Part Uno

San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala — Part Uno

We’ve “lived” here for the last four weeks. And the next two. Not sure how much time it takes before you can claim you’ve lived somewhere, versus visited, but I am sure we’re under. Nevertheless, we’ve certainly lived here more than any place on this trip thus far. Figured I’d write two or three posts …

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Birds of Lago Atitlan

Birds of Lago Atitlan

Hay mucho. El Mirador We went to see two things: the cloud forest and a quetzal. We saw one of those things. The Resplendent Quetzal is the state bird of Guatemala. It lives up to its name. It has a dainty, yellow beak, an awesome mohawk, coral blue shoulders, a royal red belly, and a …

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Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

I have poor eyesight. As most of you know, I have a rare eye disease. While it’s been mostly corrected at this point — with my glasses, I see darn close to 20/20 — I still have an artificial lens and retina in my right eye and a cataract in my left eye. I like …

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Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Sweet River. Indeed. Bye Bye Bikes One too many topes. One too many crappy roads. The steel on our Yakima FullSwing severed in half, dragging our bikes on the highway. We were fortunate we checked our rear view camera when we did. We pulled over in a small village a couple dozen kilometers outside of …

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Tikal

Tikal

Okay. We lied: Palenque is not the Indiana Jones ruins. Tikal is. This is where you can harness your inner Indiana — though, unlike Palenque, they don’t sell fedoras at the entrance. Calm Ruins I’m sure Tikal gets overrun. We arrived on a Sunday. We expected throngs of tourbuses and tourists and trash and tiendas. …

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Clarissa Falls, Belize

Clarissa Falls, Belize

What’s around that corner? Greener grass? Whiter beach? On this trip, I often ruminate, sometimes pontificate, on those questions. I’m also innately antsy. And when you’re constantly looking elsewhere, you struggle to see what’s right in front of your face. I’m sure some famous person said that. Or something similar. Third Day We spent the …

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Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize

The Caye you can drive to, as the locals say. We skipped Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, mostly because the ferries to the islands were complicated with our van but also because, as we’ve read, and confirmed through other travelers, they’re crowded. And gringo. Expats have driven up the prices and out the local charm. …

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