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Patchwork Antigua

Patchwork Antigua

The city of Antigua is a tapestry of colour. To save you from having to do very much reading, this post is simply a patchwork quilt. A collection of some of the colourful walls and fabrics found on the streets of this UNESCO world heritage centre. Pour a cuppa. Set...
Expressing Gratitude

Expressing Gratitude

Thursday was Thanksgiving in the United States, a day originally meant to focus on strengthening relationships across cultures, religions, and colors. While this isn’t the forum for political chatter, lets just say the “state of the union” is pretty...
Elegant decay

Elegant decay

The crumbling, earthquake ravaged churches of Antigua are a photographer’s dream (and quite possibly a civil engineer’s nightmare). I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a photographer, but I can categorically state I am not a civil engineer....
From the rubble

From the rubble

This post is about some things that people from our home town of Christchurch are sick of hearing about. Earthquakes. Rebuilding. And crumbling stone churches. It seems appropriate to be writing about the crumbling earthquake-ravaged churches of Antigua today. Just as...
Lakeside living

Lakeside living

A life of travel is certainly not destined to be one of routine. Since we were making reasonable progress in our Spanish classes and enjoying our time stopped in one place again, it wasn’t long before our time in San Pedro la Laguna stretched to eight weeks. But...
One More Trip Around the Sun

One More Trip Around the Sun

It’s that time again~ one more year on this trip around the sun. In past years, I have had the privilege of celebrating my birthday in some rather astonishing locations, both near and far; Paris, Mexico, Australia, and most often, the stunning beaches of Oregon....
Laundry

Laundry

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the third day in a row it’s all-rightish. Now if you think laundry in the North American...
Reloxin’ an’ stayin’ Tron-quill

Reloxin’ an’ stayin’ Tron-quill

As the title suggests, “Relaxing and staying tranquil” is alive and well on the Corn islands. As we leave the Corn islands, and their roughly 6,000 inhabitants, we are left with questions and observations that will last well into the future. Could it be,...
To the lake

To the lake

The distance on the map didn’t look to be that far. Really, kilometre-wise it wasn’t. But how long it takes to get there can depend on which roads you drive on. We didn’t have a map of Guatemala. Just a few roads outlined roughly on a back page of...
Mexico, Chiapas

Mexico, Chiapas

April 24 – May 6, 2016 Chiapas is the Southern Mexican Sate bordering Guatemala. Mountains, Rainforests, Mayan Archeological sites, Indigenous Culture, Waterfalls, Rivers with clear blue water, Lakes, Canyons, colonial towns… Chiapas has it all if you...
Finally. Guatemala.

Finally. Guatemala.

Border crossings in Central America are famous for being chaotic and stressful. We had heard stories of ‘border helpers’ swarming vehicles on arrival, everyone trying to get their cut, bribes, fees, corrupt bureaucrats, confusing paperwork, people stuck...
Santa Elena to Santa Fe de Antioquia

Santa Elena to Santa Fe de Antioquia

The drive from Santa Elena to Santa Fe de Antioquia is 76 km from which 21 km is just the dropdown to Medellin. The dropdown is 1,100 metres from 2,600 m to 1,500 on a steep swirling road. For whatever reasons the GPS (Garmin loaded with Open Street Maps) decided to...
Cocora Valley

Cocora Valley

Woke up after a fairly quiet night at the traffic aid stop parking lot after a cool night, which was more than welcomed after the boiling heat of Tatacoa. There was a coffee shop in the same building and went for some sampling. It turned out an absolutely modern shop...