Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Handsome Dog on Rocky Beach

Yesterday we shared our best 10 moments from our first year as Vangabonds, and so today we think it’s only fair to fess up about the worst 10 as well. Except we couldn’t think of 10 moments that were all that deserving. We stretched ourselves, but 9 will have to do. As we devised this … Read more

Badlands at Sunrise

For the last year we have opened our lives to the people, environments, customs, and experiences of a range of different places within North and Central America. These various aspects of the locations we’ve temporarily called home have gifted us with countless incredible memories and extensive mental reminders of our journey thus far. Now, as … Read more

Mexico/Guatemala Border

We cross borders by land in a CR-V with US passports and our two dogs. We do not carry drugs or weapons or disallowed fruit (usually). These articles are not a definitive guide to crossing borders nor should they be used as a sole source of information. They are our experiences. When, Where, and Which … Read more


May 1st 2013 Rural Chiapas highway Guatemala-bound The cars are all stopped What’s going on? Thirty minutes Walk to the front Road blocked with stones Circle of peasants, organizing What’s going on? Walk back to the car People seem annoyed But not alarmed Is this normal? Peanut vendors emerge Mango vendors too Thirty more minutes … Read more


Our fourth and final month in Mexico, photos of which are included in the slideshow below, demonstrated the breadth and variety of both landscapes and cultures within the country. Since December, we had traveled through deserts and along beaches, over mountains and into jungles. We saw abundant street food become meaty street food and then … Read more

Church at Chamula

The smell of firs was subtle, nearly overrun by the fragrant smoke dancing wildly away from large, incense-filled chalices. Windows near the vaulted wood roof shed a faint light on thousands and thousands of tiny flames, each sitting atop a thin candle that had been balanced carefully into a grid with hundreds of other wax … Read more

Cabin in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

A cabin in a quiet secluded garden with secured parking, a fireplace, a hammock, space for the dogs to roam, and a reliable web connection, all within a fifteen minute walk of the Centro? Sounds good to me! Here are some pictures to do the talking for me…

Weight Machines

This is a series detailing some of what appear at first to be more mundane details of a place, but will hopefully be illuminating as insights into the grind behind the “glamour.”  Groceries Our host has a large, beautiful, organic garden full of colorful blooms and a wide variety of edible greens that she welcomed … Read more

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

This is an installment in an ongoing post series detailing a typical day in one of our destinations. Not everything in this schedule might happen on any given day, but it should give you a good idea of our usual activities. 6:15 AM – The very first hints of daylight creep up over the mountains … Read more


One very notable aspect of day-to-day life in Mexico is the absence of big business. This isn’t to say that big businesses don’t run Mexico just like elsewhere; their banking industry seems fairly consolidated, their entire petroleum industry is state-operated, Coca-Cola could easily be the national beverage of choice, and their Gini coefficient is nearly … Read more