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…

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…

Best Practices for Killing Cockroaches

This post was originally written in August 2011, towards the end of my eight-month stay in Honduras. Though that was nearly three years ago now, my visceral hatred of cockroaches still burns equally deep to this day. Greetings from Ocotepeque, Honduras, where the current temperature is estimated to be around 146 degrees Fahrenheit and people (me)…

I close my eyes, and I’m there.

This post was originally written in December 2011, looking back on my 8 months in beautiful Honduras earlier that year.  …Tiptoeing along the top of a crumbling cement wall alongside the skinny dry-season version of a river, with Mauricio and Edgar behind me and two boys from the village scampering ahead of us. We playfully…

Abuelita > Washing Machines

This is a short piece written back in 2011 when I was living and working in Honduras.  So I swear I don’t sweat a abnormal amount or anything, but one way or another I have amassed a collection of white shirts whose armpits are looking less than brand new. I’ve tried all sorts of fancy stain…