4 Must-See Mayan Ruins

Ruins from the ancient Maya civilization are dotted throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. There are hundreds of Mayan ruins to choose from, with varying degrees of historical significance and contemporary popularity, but you may only have time to visit a few. Your decision may be based on a number of factors, including: proximity to your […]

Pura Vida

In Tamarindo, Costa Rica, I had one of my more epic ping-pong matches in recent memory. My opponent was a talented young German, who incorporated elements of Balls of Fury into his playing style. We rallied before starting the match, exchanging pleasantries and complimenting each other’s game: “Looks like you’ve played some ping-pong growing up…” […]

Travel and Unlikely Friendships: Juan Carlos

The heat and humidity of Leon, Nicaragua was getting to me. I’m generally pretty even-keeled and well-mannered, but I’m not myself when I’m hangry, hot, and bothered. Seriously, it’s embarrassing how much I can relate to the Snickers ad campaign, “you’re not yourself when you’re hungry.” Thankfully, I have enough composure to internalize my disagreeable saltiness […]

Story from a Guatemalan Chicken Bus

A few days ago, I took my first “chicken bus” in Guatemala, the oft-referred nickname for colorful, converted school buses that serve as the primary mode of transportation for locals in Guatemala, and other Central American countries. Chicken buses are everywhere in Guatemala, and each one comes with a unique design and name. The names […]