7 Types of Backpackers You’ll Encounter in Central America

Central America is a popular route for foreign backpackers because it is beautiful, cheap, and, since it is about 34 times smaller than South America (I did math!!!!), you can cover way more countries in a short period of time. Why do you think I’ve spent so much time there myself? It allows me to…

How to Experience Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panamá

This post is about a recent travel adventure of mine, in Panama in early March 2014. I was going there to visit a friend, and my trip serendipitously happened to coincide with Carnaval. Our initial research quickly turned up a small town called Las Tablas, which we quickly learned is known by all Panamanians as being the…

Things I Miss about Honduras

  This post was written just two weeks after I returned to the US after eight months in Honduras in 2011. It definitely still brings some seriously sentimental feelings back to my heart-place. I’ve been “home” for just over two weeks now, and the absence of The Little Things is already making its mark on…

A “chapa” by any other name

This is a more recent piece, written in July 2013.  Tonight our group of Latin American international friends collectively learned that the word chapa: …in DR means “ass” …in Nicaragua means “earring” …in Honduras means “bottle cap” …in Mexico means “cheekbone” …and in Bolivia means “making out”. Ahhh the endlessly fun world of international Spanish! So much…