Just. Leave. Me. Behind.

Last Wednesday was Global Running Day, a day for runners like me to knock out a couple of miles and for everyone else to say, uh, no thanks. And that’s okay. Maybe you don’t get running. I don’t get bowling. Or karaoke. So, let’s just agree to make fun of each other’s pastimes, and then […]

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2 Excellent Reasons to Visit Belize: Caye Caulker & Lobster Fest

“No shirt, no shoes, no problem.” A refrain you see all over Belize, it’s nearly a mantra on the island of Caye Caulker. It’s a great notion, and I love the sentiment behind it. But as someone who can’t stand sandy bare feet and who has to bathe in sunblock to avoid crisping like bacon, […]

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Quetzaltenango (Xela): My Favorite Guatemalan City

My favorite city in Guatemala has many merits, not least of which is that it makes me want to stand in the middle of an empty field and belt out its name. On paper it’s called Quetzaltenango, but most people simply refer to it as Xela, an abbreviated version of its original K’iche’ Maya name, […]

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Guatemala Eats: How to Choose the Safest Street Foods

I get why people don’t eat street food when they visit Guatemala. After dropping hundreds of dollars (or more) on airfare, hotels, and other travel expenses, the last thing you want to do is spend your vacation touring Guatemala’s bathrooms.

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December in The Tropics (or Why I Have Cookie Crumbs in My Bathing Suit)

It’s one thing to escape to a warm, sunny spot for the holidays when the place you’re coming from is constantly cold. Traveling somewhere tropical gives your numb toes and red, runny nose a well-deserved break. But when you live in the tropics, as we do, the arrival of the holidays just seems, well, weird.

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A Tourist At Home: New York City & New Jersey

When you live in New York City, it’s near mandatory to complain about tourists and their antics: the stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to take photos, the holding up of the line for the subway, the perpetual sneaker-wearing. But who are the real chumps? The New Yorkers who scoff at out-of-towners while on […]

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Photo Tour: Market Day

Every Thursday and Sunday morning, Panajachel’s market turns into the town hot spot: There are mango- and papaya-pushing senoras, butchers selling chorizo and chicken, and hawkers of countless niche items from energy-efficient light bulbs and dried cork husks to machetes and nail polish.

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