Yankee Imperialism and the Classic Car

Two weeks ago, I took a mid-winter trip to Cuba. At first, nothing I saw struck me as that different from what I’ve seen in other Latin American countries. It all seemed familiar and easy. But soon enough, the differences became apparent. Entire aisles in the grocery store filled with a single product because it's … Continue reading Yankee Imperialism and the Classic Car

Big Birthday in Belize

For my 40th birthday, I was toying around with the idea of a long weekend with friends somewhere like Nashville, Asheville, or New Orleans. But when tickets came up to Belize for $350 round trip, well, plans changed. Melissa (who turns 40 just six weeks after me) and I snapped up that deal and started planning … Continue reading Big Birthday in Belize

AirBnB: The Second B is for Bizarre

Last week, I posted about the best experiences I’ve had so far with AirBnB. This post was prompted by dad calling me to discuss an article in the Buffalo News about the home sharing service. One of the points the article made that my dad was curious about was how guest and host expectations sometimes … Continue reading AirBnB: The Second B is for Bizarre

AirBnB: The First B is for Beautiful

My dad gets really excited when when modern, gig/sharing-economy type organizations come to Buffalo, which is my hometown and where he still lives. Years ago, when Buffalo got food trucks, he called right away to let me know. Around the same time, the city was redoing the harbor to make it a place for festivals … Continue reading AirBnB: The First B is for Beautiful

A to Z Blog Challenge Recap

For this year’s A-Z Blog Challenge, I showcased 26 of my favorite places in the world. I didn't do nearly as much writing for the challenge as I did in previous years, but I had a lot of fun going down memory lane, and I hope I've given some readers ideas about wonderful places to … Continue reading A to Z Blog Challenge Recap

(El) Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico (April, 2002)

While You Are There: The beauty of Oaxaca city is well known and one could easily spend weeks here and not get bored. It's a very touristy city, but that's not always a bad thing. The people watching, architecture, art galleries, and restaurants are worth the trip. Outside Oaxaca, there are plenty of day trips, including … Continue reading (El) Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico (April, 2002)

San Juan, Honduras (October or November, 2003)

While You Are There: I don't think you can go here anymore, sadly. Well, you can go to the town but you can't have this experience. My memory of this homestay is foggy. I scoured the internet and found nothing, only an article that says the Peace Corps pulled out of Honduras five years ago. What … Continue reading San Juan, Honduras (October or November, 2003)

Quehueche Rio and Livingston, Guatemala (October, 2004)

While You Are There: The one must-do is to learn about Garifuna culture. Beyond that, there's not much to do and that's the point. Guatemala is often about the bustle of Antigua and viewing Mayan ruins, but when you need to stop, sit in a cafe, and look out at the ocean for awhile, this is … Continue reading Quehueche Rio and Livingston, Guatemala (October, 2004)

Pools of Mud in San Jacinto, Nicaragua (May, 2008)

While You Are There: Hang out in León for a few days, see the ruins, go to the beach, go sandboarding, and drink some rum. There's no shortage of activities in this part of the country. León is easily my favorite place in Nicaragua (although Ometepe is pretty great too!) and this quote from Lonely Planet … Continue reading Pools of Mud in San Jacinto, Nicaragua (May, 2008)