Latin America

I May Have Been a Zapotec in a Past Life

visiting hierve el agua

The only thing better than an infinity pool might, perhaps, be a natural infinity pool. Who knew they existed? And in Mexico? I sure didn’t until this past weekend, when I visited Hierve El Agua. Although it’s famous for its petrified waterfall, I found the natural pools to far more enticing. (I’ve never been much […]


So I Moved… To Mexico!

oaxaca market

Tacos on every corner. Music in the streets. Colors everywhere: the houses, the mountains, the markets. Yes, I’ve moved. To a new place, a new place I’m quickly falling in love with: Oaxaca, Mexico. Why I’m Back on the Road Two deeply-connected reasons: I missed traveling, and I wanted to work for myself again. Remember […]


PHOTO: Coca Tea in Peru

Yup, that coca. Its leaves are served all over Peru — in candies, teas, etc. It’s used recreationally by the locals and as a cure for altitude sickness for tourists. Don’t get too excited; it doesn’t get you high, but is still fun to say you’ve tried! Click the pic to see it BIG. This photo is part […]


What It’s Like to Volunteer in a Nicaraguan School

First grade girls.

Earlier this year, I spent three glorious months volunteering with La Esperanza Granada in the Central American country of Nicaragua. I loved my experience, and I think that many others would, too. But there’s not a whole lot of information out there about volunteering in Nicaragua, or with this organization. With this post, I’d like to […]


Adios, Nicaragua; Hola, Next 6 Months!

Today’s my last day of volunteering here in Granada (you can bet your buns there’ll be tears), and on Saturday, I set off almost two months on the road. Though I’m muy triste to be leaving the little crazies that have given me more than my daily quota of hugs for the last three months, […]