Guatemala City: Exploring Places People Tell You Not to Visit

Everyone told us not to spend time in Guatemala City. Blogs and online guide books will assure you that it is dirty and dangerous. So, obviously, us being us, we had to make a point of spending a couple days there on our trip to Guatemala. We ended up falling in love with the city,…

Antigua Makes my Feet Happy

We had been in Costa Rica for 80 days which meant it was time for our first “visa run”. When you enter Costa Rica as a US citizen they automatically stamp you passport with a 90 day visa. To stay “legal” most long-term tourists cross over into Nicaragua or Panama for the day in order…

How to Lose Your Luggage: First days in Costa Rica

Stale, unnaturally cool air flows through my nostrils as I flip through the ads of an airline-funded magazine. A baby cries nearby and I feel bad for her mom and the people next to her. The airline passes out small boxes filled with sandwiches, chips, and a brownie. The whole plane is filled with noise…

Fruitas, Verduras, Yerbas, y una Gallina Pequena

Morning Caminata The gravel crunches under our shoes as we march down a steep dirt road towards Scott’s new job, which is located in the middle of the jungle in the Diamante Valley, Costa Rica. Lush, howler monkey-filled, rainforest surrounds us, and we speak in raised voices in order to be heard over the celebratory…

What’s in my Backpack? {One Year in Costa Rica}

Question: What do you pack when you are planning to spend a year traveling through Central America on a tight budget? Answer: Not much. I realize everyone has different travel preferences, so let me describe my travel style for you: I am a budget traveler: I stay at hostels and air bnb’s. Usually the cheapest…

Christmas in Ecuador

When I first thought of taking a trip to Ecuador I imagined snow-covered peaks, alpacas and quaint villages. Christmas Day broke in Quito with better visibility than we experienced the previous nine days traveling throughout the country. Sure there have been lots of snow-covered peaks and we had cuy for lunch but I never imagined…

12 Countries 12 Months.

The Urge to Flee The first few moments of everyday I wake up feeling comfortable and and content. My mind still numb from sleep, I feel grateful for my bed, pillows, and blankets. These dreamy fluffy feelings last for about 30 seconds before they are replaced with the heavy weight of anxiety. It becomes hard…

Baja Sur, Mexico

Our plane landed at SJD early in the day. Scott and I breeze through customs, and head straight for the taxis with our carry on sized backpacks. We are laughing and talking about our next move since we hadn’t made any solid plans for the trip. Things are going smooth, but as we move to…

Cali Roadtrip Part II: LA to San Francisco

We hit the highway like a bat out of hell, refreshed by our early morning hike and soak at Deep Creek Hot springs in Apple Valley California: Destination Las Angeles. We called Scott’s cousin and let him know we would be at LACMA (LA county museum of art) in a few hours. *Scott’s cousin Scott’s…

Cali Road Trip Part 1: Durango to Deep Creek Hot Springs

Though we had just returned from our Central American adventures in February- come August we had wanderlust again. And friends and family to visit. And miles to put on our new cherry red Chrysler leBaron. We left from Durango, Colorado and it was a few hours drive to the four corners. We impulsively pulled over…