My Spanish teacher Ligia

La Escuela Cooperativa

I am studying Spanish at La Escuela Cooperative or the cooperative school in San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, San Pedro.  I am in my second and probably last week here. The cooperative is a school that is collectively owned by the teachers.  In addition to one-on-one teaching, the school gives back to the communities’ […]

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Guatemalan Chicken Bus

My Arrival in San Pedro La Laguna

Lake Como, it seems to me, touches the limit of the permissibly picturesque; but Atitlan is Como with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes.  It is really too much of a good thing.  After a few days of this impossible landscape one finds oneself thinking nostalgically of the English Home Counties. Aldous Huxley, Beyond […]

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Welcome (back) to Guate!

I arrived back in Guate, as Guatemala City is known by the locals, yesterday.  My friend Annabelle Romero picked me up at the airport and whisked me back to Quetzleroo, The coolest hostel in the world that she runs with her brother, Manuel.  When I was there in May, they were just getting started with […]

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Meet My Trainer

I had been down with a respiratory bug for a few weeks.  With four weeks remaining before departure to Guatemala, I realized I needed help to achieve my fitness goals in a short period of time.  Enter Megan Combies, aka Mega Cool.  She is a master trainer and kinesiologist as well as the fitness manager […]

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Prince William Sound


It had rained for the last several days hiking Hatcher Pass and then Denali NP.  However, a clear day dawned for my kayak trip to the Columbia Glacier leaving from Valdez.  Once in the kayak I could not help but contemplate how 20 years earlier, this had been the site of the worst man-made ecological […]

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After hiking 6-12 miles per day for a week, our group of 14 new friends (including two incredible guides) unanimously decides to spring for two de Havillands for an up close and personal view of the highest summit in North America. The weather graciously cooperated. Tweet

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