Next upcoming adventure: Colombia!

The last few years have been dotted with various short-term trips, ranging from one week to one month (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico), but nothing long-term since 2011. Thus…I’m overdue to get the heck outta here! For just over a year, I have been working as a counselor for university students doing internships abroad,…

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…

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…