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Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

When we aren’t filming for Filmmaker For A Cause on our journey south, you might find us exploring a national park or enjoying the breeze at the ocean.  Typically these down-times from filming come with days upon days of editing our FMFAC projects or working on other...
Nicaragua’s season of plenty

Nicaragua’s season of plenty

This is Mike…One of the cooler aspects about visiting a different country is tasting produce that you may not have eaten otherwise. In Central America there is a very pronounced dry season from March through May. The dry season impacts grocery prices and even...
Camping

Camping

The definition of camping would go like”wherever you can sleep uncomfortable” in Latin America, mostly. Generally speaking is “roughing it”, “boondocking” or “bush whacking”. I park the van, I’m home, OK it’s...
Overstaying

Overstaying

We’ve been overstaying at Finca Sommerwind for almost two weeks now, not that is super exciting around here, but there are several small things to fix up on the van. Looks like we are not alone doing that though, there are quite a few overlanders around. The...
Granada’s hipica no es tipica

Granada’s hipica no es tipica

This is Mike…Hipicas, or horse parades, are common place in much of Latin America. In Nicaragua they take their hipicas seriously, but none so seriously as la hipica de Granada. Usually when driving the countryside in Nicaragua one sees skinny, sickly, worked to...
Antigua part 1

Antigua part 1

Hello Antigua, Guatemala home of Laurel Baker!  Eight years ago Laurel/Lori left Chicago to “visit” Costa Rica for awhile.  She made her way north eventually landing in Antigua, Guatemala and has been there ever since.  Eight years ago I promised my great...
On to Guatemala, it only took 4 months

On to Guatemala, it only took 4 months

We took a two hour drive from San Cristobal to get to the chaotic insane small border of Guatemala, after spending four months in Mexico.  The border town was wacky and swamped with vendors leaving us barely enough room to squeeze The Globe Trol through.  It it two...
Otavalo

Otavalo

Not sure what I expected, but my excitement plummeted fast when I walked around Otavalo, Ecuador’s most famous tourist trap. All streets in the center of Otavalo are paid parking, 50 cents/hr. Ecuador learns fast, builds few kilometres of highway and puts up a toll...
Laguna Quilotoa

Laguna Quilotoa

You know all those Youtube channels followed by gazillions where kids compare cameras. They run out to the front of the garage and snap a photo of the neighbours garage then yep an hour which camera is the best and talking about features you’ll never need in...
Alausi

Alausi

Left Cuenca early with the intention of catching the Alausi Sunday market and the Nariz del Diablo train going through the town. Arrived in Alausi around just after noon, parked the van right beside the market and kicked off the photo tour. It got pretty hot despite...
More Hat

More Hat

There is a smaller but conveniently more on the tourist trail Panama hat manufacturer in historic downtown Cuenca, which simply goes by the ‘Museo del Sombrero’. It’s not as extensive as Homero Ortega, but for those who have no will to drive out to...
Hat

Hat

It’s hard to describe the history of Panama hat in one phrase. First and foremost it is strongly underlined the fact that Panama hat is not Panamanian, it is Ecuadorian and it is wrongly attributed to an entire different place. Originally called ‘paja toquilla...
Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador so far is the most affordable of all places I have been, even lower price than in Mexico. It seems that vegetarianism is not a huge thing generally speaking. Supermarkets are expensive but regular street markets are more than affordable. So far the...
Banos

Banos

Banos is a very busy town, I would say brushing the tourist trap description. So let’s see, we have the medieval church in city centre, the crowd on the streets, tour companies/adventure tours about every 100 feet offering zip lines (called canopy around here),...
Rio Verde

Rio Verde

Cool-down was badly sought after after a long time in Panama and Cuenca was quite a bit of cool-down. Maybe a bit too much, during the day the temperature is somewhere in the low 20’s but at night the mercury dips to 8-9 Celsius, which is not bad but after a month or...