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Guatemala, Part 2 of 3

Guatemala, Part 2 of 3

July 7 – August 7, 2016. We left Florida on May 5th, 2015 so after more than a year of being on the road, having family visiting was more than a big deal for us. On July 7, 2016 after saying goodbye to our new friends Julie and Ricardo who wined and dined us for...
Can we keep her?

Can we keep her?

The day dawned clear and cool. We awoke to clear skies above our camp spot at the foot of the volcano. We could now tick: ☑ Watch one volcano erupt from the summit of another off our list. Ok. Technically there was no actual list. But if there were. That one would now...
Tula-

Tula-

When we finally left San Juan Teotihuacan, we didn’t go far. Just a short drive away is the archeological site of Tula in the town of Tula de Allende. It is often overlooked, because Teotihuacan is so popular. But we wanted to take the time to look at the Toltec...
And try again

And try again

A little over a week after our first miserable failure. We were back, climbing Volcán Acatenango… again. Outside Juan’s home, we filled our day packs with our warmest gear and snacks. An afternoon wander only. No camping in the cold this time. The dry ground...
Take a break

Take a break

Your birthday excursion up a volcano didn’t go quite according to plan? You can’t really be too disappointed when one of the first things you see when you roll back in to town is a lady selling assorted pastries out of the back of her car. With a face full...
So… Suriname!

So… Suriname!

Suriname, Suriname… where exactly is that? Near Vietnam? Nope. Next door to Ghana? Errr, no. It’s on the north coast of South America, above Brazil, snuggled comfortably between French Guiana and Guyana. It’s in the northern Amazon basin, so it’s hot, humid and – at...
New Years and New Plans

New Years and New Plans

We left our stunning lakeside retreat at Lagos de Colon and headed for San Cristobal for Christmas. New Years called for new plans, but we had fallen in love with this city on the way south, and heading north found her no less magical. That is other than the fireworks...

How our views on consumerism have changed

This is Elise.  Mike and I have often asked ourselves if we could just live a simpler lifestyle in the US instead of living in Nicaragua.  Yes, we could live have lived a more reduced lifestyle in the US but here it is much easier to live simply.  We...
Top 5 Appliances in a Big Rig

Top 5 Appliances in a Big Rig

Switching from a house to road life can be quite a change.  You will soon realize what you have been taking for granted everyday.  Whether its keeping the house clean, finding a place to sleep, or trying to figure out how to earn a few bucks.  Just...
Grey skies over Antigua

Grey skies over Antigua

Antigua, much like Oaxaca became a place that kept drawing us back like a magnet. Partly because we were awaiting respectable weather for climbing the nearby volcanic peak of Acatenango. Mostly because there was a lot of really tasty food. Antigua is a colonial city...
Guatemala Part 1 of 3

Guatemala Part 1 of 3

June 20 – July 7, 2016. After a month in Belize, it was time to move along to Guatemala where we ended up staying three months. We crossed the border between Belize (Benque Viejo) and Guatemala (Melchor De Mencos) on June 20, 2016. How can a country known for...
Hot market, cold feet

Hot market, cold feet

We put an offer down on a commercial property and are currently under contract. Sometimes it felt as if I was at a bidding war, and reminded me of a time, not too long ago, when all common sense was lost in the real estate market. I was apprehensive at times, and...
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

  Nach unserer Blitz-Durchreise von Honduras, die uns ganze 3 Stunden, inklusive Fussballgucken in einer Tankstelle, gekostet hatte, haben wir für Nicaragua nun knappe 3 Wochen Zeit. Auch nicht unbedingt super viel, aber ausreichend fürs Erste.   Somoto...
The Clouds over Lake Atitlan Guatemala

The Clouds over Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Of all of the numerous things we miss about Lake Atitlan, one that we miss most is days spent simply watching the cloud formations change over the lake. Sitting at over 5000ft elevation, the nearly ideal climate of the lake, along with the active volcanoes rimming it...
Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request where we can see how these hats are made she invited us to her shop. We...