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My New Hostel Gig in San Cristobal

I answered an inquiry in Workaway (work-for-room-&-board online ¨job¨ directory) while recovering from Cuba in the shiny colonial Yucatan city of Merida. A new hostel in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, was seeking a few new workers. We´d be responsible for working a few night shifts, completing some random projects, soliciting backpackers at the bus station, planning fun events, […]

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Reflections on visiting Cuba

Though just an hour flight from Cancun, Havana could not be more different. Cancun with its long stretches of congested roads, plastered with billboards, lined with banks, restaurants, chintzy shops, tacky night clubs, and currency exchanges; highrise condos, apartment buildings and luxury hotels lining the horizon. An abundance of sex, booze and cement; a total lack of character. In contrast, upon landing […]

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So far in Mexico…

Bacalar I arrived in Chetumal, Mexico on a Chicken Bus from Belize. It was my easiest (and cheapest direct) border crossing yet. The first time I’ve crossed on a cheap bus, not because of choice, but because in most crossings the bus only goes as far as the border. You typically must walk across and find another bus or often […]

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Ringing in the New Year Antigua Style

There was Jell-O shots and sneaking drinks in the dorms like underage coeds. There was wandering the busy streets of Antigua; flamboyant parades, costumed performers dancing on stilts, mariachi bands, new friends, friendly strangers, busy bars, street food and cheap beer in the plaza. There was dancing and fireworks –LOTS of fireworks — and cheering and laughing and yelling for […]

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Taking the Long Way to Utila

Aboard Hedwig, in the Bay Islands

I meet Marvin at the Banana Republic Guesthouse in the rundown port city of La Ceiba, Honduras. I had just arrived and like nearly every other traveler to pass through, intended to leave on the first ferry to Utila the following morning. I was trying to pay for my 160 lempira room with a 500 bill. Naturally, the emotionless receptionist […]

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