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The Visa Run Diaries
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The Visa Run Diaries

What would Che say? Perspiring at a rate that suggests total disintegration is imminent, the police officer wiped another sweat globule from his a forehead. “Where are your papers?” he asks. With nostrils floating in […]

Lions And Lions And Mormons! Oh My! (Part 3 Of The Lion Trilogy)
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Lions And Lions And Mormons! Oh My! (Part 3 Of The Lion Trilogy)

Warning, if you enjoy reading about Mormons being mauled by lions, then keep reading . . . For those of you who follow my Expeditioner posts (Thanks Mom, Dad and Roberta*)  you may have noticed […]

Why They Took The Lion
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Why They Took The Lion

“They are taking the lion to the vet, because he is sick. He is merely sick.” “We are taking the lion to live in the zoo in Guatemala City because they have kept him in […]

Lions, CouchSurfing And Murder: On The Perpetual Strangeness Of Existence
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Lions, CouchSurfing And Murder: On The Perpetual Strangeness Of Existence

If I were superstitious, I might have seen the lion as a sign that in an hour-and-a-half I was going to be kidnapped or murdered. From the back of my motorcycle my roommate McKenzie pointed and […]

How I Taught Guatemalans To Stop Worrying About Kama Sutra And Love Yoga
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How I Taught Guatemalans To Stop Worrying About Kama Sutra And Love Yoga

“Come join us for yoga after work,” we would often ask them. We being gringos. They being Guatemalans. At the educational development organization I work for in Guatemala, we have both local Guatemalans and international […]

Licking Like A Local In Antigua, Guatemala (Ice Cream, That Is)
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Licking Like A Local In Antigua, Guatemala (Ice Cream, That Is)

Guatemalans love ice cream. Well, at least in Antigua they do. At every turn, the historic city’s cobblestone streets seem to be crawling with people licking drippy cones of sugary frozen cream topped with a […]

An Open Letter To The Guatemalans Setting Off Fireworks Outside My Door Every Morning At 4 A.M.
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An Open Letter To The Guatemalans Setting Off Fireworks Outside My Door Every Morning At 4 A.M.

Guatemala has a loud tradition of setting off firecrackers early in the morning to celebrate a birthday. Contributor Luke Maguire Armstrong has a tradition of sleeping in the early-morning hours. Dear Firecracker-Loving Guatemalans, Let me […]

A Year’s Worth Of Sins Went Up In Smoke
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A Year’s Worth Of Sins Went Up In Smoke

In all of Antigua, Guatemala, there is only one place in the city where two gas stations sit across the street from each other. Someone years ago decided that this is the spot where every […]

A Perfect Marriage Of Luxury And Culture At Lake Atitlan
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A Perfect Marriage Of Luxury And Culture At Lake Atitlan

I will be honest: the sound of the word “lake” causes an instant yawn reflex. Mention “beach” or “miles of sand and sea,” and you’ve caught my attention for the next hour. As a seasoned […]

Traveling Cheap In Central America, The Frugal Traveler Way
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Traveling Cheap In Central America, The Frugal Traveler Way

Have you been following the exploits of the newly-installed Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel, this summer as he’s been making his way from São Paulo to New York? This month alone he’s traipsed around Los Zorros, […]