(Isla de) Ometepe, Nicaragua (July, 2008)

While You Are There: If you can arrange your trip while there is a festival going on in Altagracia, which we did unintentionally, stay there a night and enjoy it. Otherwise, hop on a long, slow bus ride to Merida and stay at the Hacienda Merida. They can arrange a bunch of activities for you or … Continue reading (Isla de) Ometepe, Nicaragua (July, 2008)

Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico (April, 2002)

While You Are There: Bring a sketchbook or a notebook and spend the day being inspired. Why It's On My List: The artist describes it as a Garden of Eden and I agree. It's a surreal, magical, and romantic place that I stumbled across in a guidebook when I lived in Mexico and decided I had … Continue reading Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico (April, 2002)

Great Huts, Port Antonio, Jamaica (March, 2015)

Doh! I did not take a single picture while I was there. But the Great Huts official site has plenty. While You Are There: It's another go-away-and-then-have-a-staycation post! The Great Huts offers everything you need in the hotel itself, but there are some nice attractions nearby such as the Blue Lagoon (yes, that Blue Lagoon, not … Continue reading Great Huts, Port Antonio, Jamaica (March, 2015)

Ferries!

While You Are There: Your on-board experiences will vary widely, but whether you are living it up in a private cabin on a ship with plenty of booze and entertainment, or crammed in a cold and leaky vessel with a bunch of local fisherman, enjoy it! It's not your everyday experience. It's part of being … Continue reading Ferries!

Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico (June, 2002)

While You Are There: Everything! Check out the Visit Mexico site for what to do in this appropriately categorized "magical" town. The protected area is the main attraction, but you could easily spend many days here and not get bored. Why It's On My List: I lived in Mexico for five months and was lucky enough to … Continue reading Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico (June, 2002)

Lima

I have a friend from Lima. A mutual acquaintance introduced us because I was looking for a tutor to work with me on my spoken Spanish when I was applying for a special appointment in South America with the State Department. She is personable, well-educated, fun, and we clearly had a lot of common interests, and I … Continue reading Lima

Alpha

I never studied Greek, but I meant to. When I was 19, I had a plan. A list of 10 languages and how many years I was going to spend studying and becoming fluent in each to be the ultimate polyglot powerhouse. It was a motley collection of languages from all continents. Norwegian, Swahili, Vietnamese. … Continue reading Alpha

eXpatriation

Yes, I’m aware expatriation doesn't really begin with X. But what else can I write about for the letter X? I don’t think I had any big misconceptions in my younger years about x-rays, xylophones, or Xerses the Great. I've never been xenophobic either, obviously, or I wouldn't have been an expat for so long. … Continue reading eXpatriation