Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Pupusas date back 3,000 years. They are thick, hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans or meat and they originated in El Salvador..The typical toppings tend to be tomato sauce and cabbage. One night Sue and I picked them up at a pupusería where we were able to watch them be made from scratch as […]

travel gear tuesday: less is more

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I must admit – for spending a week in a place where the sun is twice as strong as it is in Boston, my most important piece of travel gear while in Central America was sunblock -SPF 85. I didn’t get sunburned! Trust me, that is impressive for a red head. Two weeks ago, I […]

antigua guatemala

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It is always fascinating to visit a place where modernity is juxtaposed with remnants of preserved history. But in Antigua Guatemala- the preservation of colonialism remains against the wall of a constant reminder of an historic, natural phenomenon. The Volcán de Agua, which seems to serve as the backdrop of Antigua, erupted in 1541 destroying […]

a day and a half in transit

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I took Tuesday off from work knowing I would have arrived in Boston from Guatemala at about 1 AM on Monday night. I had planned for Tuesday to be productive – I would get through all of my emails and my Google reader, pay all of my bills, not only buy an external hard drive […]

travel gear tuesday: lesson learned

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

A tip by Camels and Chocolate, from her own personal experience, lead me on a quest to find mountains of bug spray for Guatemala and El Salvador. However, it never occurred to me that stores would not sell it out of season. After all, there is no threat of mosquitoes in Boston right now. Being […]

travel gear tuesday: to check or not to check

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

It was recommended to me by the travel clinic to not check a bag when I travel to Central America because it would probably be too hectic in the Guatemala Airport. It was also recommended that the liquid bug repellent is more convenient than the cream and therefore more effective, but if I were to […]

i bought a plane ticket

Friday, September 5th, 2008

To Guatemala (because it is really cheap to fly there) where my friend Sue will meet me and travel on a bus with me to her house in El Salvador where I will spend the first week in December. very excited!

this week’s travel finds: where should you go?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I stumbled across a Budget Travel article picked up by MSNBC.com – 14 nights in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: $845 package includes accommodations, local transportation, guided tours – it jumped out and reminded me that I didn’t request my vacation to visit my friend in El Salvador yet! This package departs on Sept. 5, Nov. […]