The bad news and the good news came all at once today. After a few beers on the hill in Flores, I was not in the mood for an early start. The previous evening I'd been informed that my bus was leaving at 5:30 am instead of 8 am. Through a conversation in broken Spanish … Continue reading Guatemala Diaries – Day 2
So after a night of being rocked to sleep from a flimsy bunk bed with an active downstairs occupant, it's time for an early start and bus back to IAH. So far my bus skills have needed some work, and we're only one day in. The comedy continues. After stuffing the rest of last night's … Continue reading Belize Diaries – Day 2
Also the most underrated. Apart from the necessities, like passports, travel documents and some form of luggage to carry your few belongings, I believe there is no better travel companion than a trusty pen and (relatively) sturdy notebook. No better! If we broke it down again, I would give the gold medal to the pen, … Continue reading The #1 Travel Companion: The Mighty Pen and Paper
Depending on where you live, the metal sky tube that serves alcohol and charges for leg room is your link to another country/culture/opinion of what is acceptable hygiene practices. I was born in the South Pacific and have lived, for almost equal time periods, in New Zealand and Australia during my formative years. There was no other (time effective) option for visiting foreign nations. My Dad once took a ship from Australia to England when he was in his early 20's. This took something like 3 weeks from start to finish and those days are LONG gone.
There's a lot of material out there on the travel essentials that any self respecting traveler should include in their luggage/backpack/plastic bag. An essential piece of advice is you don't need most of it. We're all guilty of taking things with us for the "just in case" scenario. Just in case you hike a mountain, run a marathon, build a tree house, cure cancer. The list is can be daunting and you want to be ready for anything.
How do you show your face to the world, especially when you're face with different situations and in front of different and unfamiliar people? Are you beast mode extrovert? Or perhaps an introvert that does an excellent impression of a piece of furniture? You probably wear the same face no matter where you are or who you're with. But do you though?
Just like the picture above, beware expectation. This could be full beer left behind by an inebriated patron, or a full glass of warm urine (and if memory serves, a testament to my aim and nefariousness). As far as travel is concerned, there is nothing more disappointing and heartbreaking than having that trip, the … Continue reading Expectation, the silent killer
This morning was a difficult one. I'm generally up and about before 6 am every day, whether it's a week day or weekend. Today was a little harder, coming off a day drinking beer and putting in the kilometers on foot walking around the city. It was a sunny day and there was no way … Continue reading Motivation Monday
It's not in medical journals and (probably) won't lead to cancerous growths or shortened life expectancy. Physical manifestations in the patient express themselves as anxiety, excessive phone usage, and a propensity for always saying yes no matter the occasion or consequences.
What happens when the music stops? Traveling place to place, always on the move. New sights, new sounds, new people. Being employed is a distant memory and stretching every dollar is both creative and crucial to survival and the purchase of the next beer. Your belongings are being constantly added to, subtracted from and reevaluated when it … Continue reading When the music stops