Month: June 2013

Co$ta Rica

Costa Rica feels different than the rest of Central America. There is a lack of men with guns everywhere. You can pull a bag of ice out of a freezer (rather than having to wait for someone to unlock it).…

Camping refresher

I love islands! I had good memories of Ometepe being a relaxing place, and was not disappointed. The first night we were a little disappointed because we had hoped to stay at Finca Magdalena, but the access road was closed,…

Phone pictures

I think Stephanie’s last post sounded a bit more negative than either of us felt. Sure, our legs and arms are more bite than person, and our dog is more chicken than dog, but we’re having a blast. Right now…

Bits and bites, nine months in

Today marks nine months on the road, and we have been observing this milestone by holing up in an air-conditioned hotel in Granada. The current mood has a bit to do with travel fatigue, a bit to do with heat…

Familiar grounds

For the first time since Baja (or backtracking our few times through San Cristóbal), we have arrived in a place that I’ve visited before–Nicaragua. Back in 2008, in the summer between my first and second years of grad school, I…

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras

After seven months in Mexico, we spent one month in Guatemala, one week (!) in El Salvador, and two weeks in Honduras. I wanted to write about these countries politics and past, but I won’t. It’s hard to write an…

Instavan II

Even though I now carry a tiny camera, sometimes I just don’t have it on me. More at my steph3280 account on Instagram.  

Honduras: a mixed bag

A lot of overlanders skip Honduras, mostly because of widespread police corruption on the 100-km Honduran stretch of the Pan-American highway, and the country’s reputation as the poorest and most dangerous in Central America. We decided to do a basic…