Tag: volkswagen

So you live in a van.

  My personal rock-bottom of our journey came in the town of Ajijíc, a charming town filled with American expats on Mexico’s Lake Chapala. After spending a first night in an expensive (450 pesos—almost $40) hotel because I was feeling…

Volkswagen Maintenance, or A List of Breakdowns

We’ve been in the road for fourteen months. It’s a lot of miles for a 24-year-old vehicle. Still, the Westy has behaved very well. I thought I would make a photo-list here of all the mechanical issues we had in…

Arriving in style in Quito

Catholicism has lots of stories that go like this: Some figure of the Virgin Mary, some saint, or even Jesus is being transported between towns. At some point, the horses, oxen or whatever animal that were pulling the cart carrying…

Only in a VW

We arrived in San Gil when it was already dark, after driving through the beautiful Chicamocha Canyon. Since Colombia feels extremely safe, we have reverted to our Mexico mindset, so we just parked on the main square to spend the…

Bug Camp

The great thing about traveling the way we are doing it is that we are always open to change plans. Last Thursday, we were on our second day in Quetzaltenango. We loved that city, so we were thinking about staying…

Strange times

I’ve proven to be the first man down, in my unhappy new phase of Food Poisoning, All the Time. Juan made me go see a doctor when he noticed that my tongue had turned brown. “You have amoebas!” the doctor…

Geraldo VWs

We had heard about this shop for a while, and my plan was to drop by anyway for a general checkup. It turns out we ended up having to come, to replace a couple of CV joints. The place is…