Month: April 2013


“I may not make it out of this.” I think to myself. I’m hurtling down a dry, broken road in back of an SUV, an hour outside of Mexico City with two Mexican men that I met one hour previously.  My traveling partner and I are in back, […]


Chasing waterfalls

The shortest line between two points is always a straight (boring) line. From Palenque, the next destination is San Christobal, high in the mountains of Mexico (yes Mexico has mountains, who knew?).  Now, you’ve got options: get on a bus that takes you up the […]



It all starts with a bus. 12 hours on a bus. However, for you folks in the States, you might be picturing a nasty, dank, Greyhound bus. Filled with disreputable characters and the stench of failure in the air. If there’s one thing that Mexico […]

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The Garden of Eden

Genesis 2:15, … The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. The day is beautiful; blue skies, slight breeze, cloudless, sunny and warm.  Every day is like this.  It’s easy to […]


A day in ruins

The plan: visit the Mayan ruins of Coba. The method: roughin’ it. Meaning, don’t do a tour or anything like that, just go. First off: the pronunciation is “co-BA”, accent on the end, which helps you keep things straight when you talk about Cuba and […]


Finances and footwear

Often heard: Man I wish I could just quit my job and travel. I’m incredibly lucky to be able to do this vacation / trip / sabbatical / Walkabout (shall we just call it a “sabbabout”?).  I’m constantly aware of this and thankful. However, when […]


PDC Security, and more about towels

PDC is a generally happy, content kind of place.  However, you will also often see trucks of “Policia Nationalidad” patrolling the streets, especially the tourist areas, with full automatic weapons and body armor.  It’s a little disconcerting. Also, while the people are very open and […]


Sian Ka’an

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. The road to Sian Ka’an, is paved with rocks, dust, potholes and pain.  The plan was made after class on Friday.  There were to be six of us: Red, the organizer (Germany) Fran, Red’s […]


Living in PDC – random facts

A few assorted things I’ve gathered while living in PDC: Water First, let’s address the water situation.  It’s pretty much common accepted fact that NOBODY DRINKS TAP WATER IN MEXICO.  Accepted wisdom goes that if you happen to get a bit of the tap water […]


Fiesta on a Tuesday?

“Gracias por la invitacion, pero me muy cansado”  (translation: thanks for the invite, but I’m very tired.)  This is how I feel every afternoon, probably from a combination of trying to force foreign verbs through my blood-brain barrier, and the humidity of the day that […]


Hey Buddy, can you spare a screwdriver?

“¿Tiene usted un destornillador?” I asked, hoping the translation was correct, or at least close. She looked at me concerned for a moment. Mind you, this is not covered in my daily Spanish classes. We haven’t gotten to the point where we are covering household […]