Monthly Archives: 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

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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

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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…

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…