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Road construction near Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala

So this post is admittedly long and rambling and at times tangential, but perhaps trying to make your way through without getting lost will give you some idea what a typical road travel day is like in Central America. Construction and Rules of the Road – The mountainside between San Pablo la Laguna and the … Read more


Diego, our neighbor and gardener, stopped me on the path outside of our casita about a week ago and asked me if we might want some extra lettuce he’d grown. When I gladly accepted, he extended the offer to include something I didn’t understand, but when he explained them as round and red, I assumed … 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


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

Pool Necessities

Last weekend we went to one of the many public pools in San Agustín Etla. Ian pretty much nailed the description in a post on Facebook, so I’m going to share that with you and add some photos to his well-worded summary.

Guaje Cirial

Our hosts, Lucy and Sergio, are incredibly sweet and sincere. Sergio’s family has lived on the property for more than 100 years, and Lucy, though originally from Mexico City, makes their house a home. They have made every effort to ensure that we have everything that we could possibly need, greeting us with warmth and kind … Read more

La Ballena

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Mexico | Oh | The Places We've Been - (4 Comments)
La Ballena

On our first day in San Juanico, we loaded the dogs in the van and cruised through town, past the cemetery and beyond the fishermen’s boats to the expansive, empty beaches south of Scorpion Bay. Just as we broke onto wide open sand, we came upon her: La Ballena. Aside from an enormous, whale-shaped piece … Read more

A Shrinking Inventory

August 7th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Oh - (3 Comments)

We did such a good job with our to-dos this weekend.  As we were hoping to, we got all of our things listed for sale on Craigslist by Sunday afternoon so that we would have four long weeks to make sure everything found a new home.  Now it’s Tuesday, and our bedroom and living room … Read more

The Cold Shower Shuffle

June 4th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in Oh - (2 Comments)
Yikes! This shower is freeeeeeezing.

Disclaimer: The first section of this post is generally coherent. The second section starts as mildly odd rambling, then devolves into pseudo-scientific fervor and madness. Hot showers are not a right. As we prepare to venture into new lands, I have been increasingly aware of the fact that as an American I carry the ridiculous … Read more

The Tooth Fairy

May 21st, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Oh - (3 Comments)
Raton De Los Dientes

When I was four I saved a tooth I had lost for nearly seven months until putting it under my pillow on Christmas Eve because I thought that Santa Clause would pay better than some little fairy.  Let’s be honest, it’s no surprise that Santa is the big hitter on the team of mythical holiday … Read more