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Tug’s Film Debut!

Tug’s Film Debut!

So in our last post introducing Tug, we got a lot of emails and comments that we didn’t include enough pictures of Tug. So we went back and asked Tug if he would like to share some words with everyone....
Transylvania Restaurant

Transylvania Restaurant

While everybody is raving about the German bakery by Lake Arenal, Costa Rica and camping/boon-docking by the lakeside, as we did a year ago, we just came across a new possibility at the Transylvania Restaurant. The friendly European owners of the place offer excellent...

Nicaragua border gong-show

Nicaragua border crossing into and out from the country is one of the biggest gong-shows in Central America. While last year it took lots of “no, no, no, noooo!” to stop them from spraying their carcinogen  fumigation inside the van, which ended up with...
Pulhapanzak

Pulhapanzak

From a one night stay D&D Brewery became a multi-night station. If one of the fastest internet is not enough reason to stay a bit more, there is the food, the relaxing atmosphere and of course there are lots of things to see around. Pulhapanzak waterfalls is one...
Juayua Food Festival

Juayua Food Festival

There is something special about small mountain towns.  They feel so secluded from everything else and typically are rich in culture when compared to the major cities.  Each one seems to have its own unique thing and rarely is it obvious.  Maybe it’s a certain...
Nicaragua, not just about the cost

Nicaragua, not just about the cost

This is Mike…We are getting some feedback on the dental post with some believing we came down here because it is cheaper than the states. Though affordable healthcare and a cheaper cost of living are benefits, we did not come here just for that. In fact, we...
Our new colonial rental

Our new colonial rental

This is Mike…Yesterday, while Elise was at Spanish class, I signed a 6 month lease on a colonial property with an option to extend. She and I wanted a better place that was closer to the kid’s school. The only thing we wish our new rental had was a big...
Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua is quite different from San Pedro, kinda similar feel as San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, lots of colonial buildings and lots of expats/tourists. As last year we spent quite a bit of time here, this time was only a half day attraction. The tourist police is...
Santiago de Atitlan

Santiago de Atitlan

A short boat trip across the lake from out temporary home in San Pedro took us to Santiago de Atitlan, the largest town on the shores of Lake Atitlan and seemed much cleaner than San Pedro. There is a bit of rundown by guides, tuktuk drivers and vendors as soon as one...
San Pedro la Laguna, the mercado

San Pedro la Laguna, the mercado

The mercado (farmers market) is the best place to pick up fresh produce directly from the producers at low prices. The produce and prices vary daily, couldn’t figure out why. Sometimes the same vendor would sell the same produce at different prices on...
San Pedro la Laguna, the people

San Pedro la Laguna, the people

The people of San Pedro la Laguna are the Mayans, more precisely the Tz’utujil ethnic group. There are 22 ethnic groups in Guatemala and 40% of the country’s population is indigenous Maya. Tz’utujils are populating the shores of Lake Atitlan is...
Dental visit in Granada

Dental visit in Granada

This is Mike…Today, my daughters and I got dental exams and cleanings. I should have known something was out of place when Dr. Franco Estein had me sit down in his antique salon-style chair, while his trusty assistant was raising an antenna out of the roof. He...
Some Thoughts As We Head Home

Some Thoughts As We Head Home

It appears that we’re living in a time that’s increasingly controlled by people who tell us we need to shut ourselves off. We need to close our borders, lock our doors, buy guns, build walls, trust nobody. It appears that we’re living in a time that’s...
Poor as poor gets

Poor as poor gets

This is Mike…There too but for the grace of God go I is a beautiful saying. Seeing the poor, the so desperately poor, can give one a real jolt. I used to think that some of them created their own world. I thought some of them gave up versus the innocent ones...
Meet Tug!

Meet Tug!

Well we have done it again. We have let a cute face and a sob story win us over. About 4 weeks ago we welcomed a new member to the team, henceforth named TUG. While staying in Antigua, Guatemala we met a passionate woman, Michelle, who dedicates a significant portion...
Guatemalan Beauty

Guatemalan Beauty

Like Mexico, we ended up staying a lot longer in Guatemala than we expected. We shot a great project with an awesome non-profit for FMFAC (www.fmfac.org), met a family that has become part of ours, and saw amazing sights. We put together a short visual journey into...
Trash day in Granada

Trash day in Granada

This is Mike…Trash collection in Nicaragua is similar yet different to what we are accustomed to in the states, and as the whole is more labor intensive and less mechanical. In addition, trash pick-up days are more frequent at 3 times per week. Collecting...
Ox drawn carts and horse drawn hearses

Ox drawn carts and horse drawn hearses

This is Mike…   For some reason, that I have yet to discover, I really dig ox drawn carts. Some men like red fire trucks or steam engine locomotives, I happen to like carts pulled by oxen. Every time I see them on the road I wave to the drivers. My...
Nicaragua’s renewable energy

Nicaragua’s renewable energy

This is Mike…Nicaragua’s renewable energy grid can easily be seen in and around the department (state) of Rivas. This tiny country is trying to breakaway from fossil fuels and hopes to do so in a matter of a few years. We saw the many windmills last year...
Belize: Are we ruining it?

Belize: Are we ruining it?

Belize has been our briefest journey yet of all of our stops. We were in country for just a few weeks, but our experience there has left a lasting impact. I have been thinking about this for weeks, and finally decided to put thoughts to “paper”.  This is...

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