I stood shivering in the stifling heat of early morning Managua. It was 5 AM and my shivers had nothing to do with the temperature. I was quivering with anxiety as I waited for my bus to El Salvador to pull into the station. My snap decision to go to El Salvador was looking more and more harebrained the closer I got to the hour of … Continue reading ¡Bienvenidos a El Salvador!
If you’ve been following my travels through Central America, you’ve probably noticed that the last few months have been a consistent stream of upbeat and enthusiastic posts. It may even seem disingenuous — how can somebody travel for over a month straight and have only glowing reviews of their experience? Admittedly part of that is in the storytelling. The lackluster days and lukewarm meals don’t … Continue reading Hungover, Limping, and Half-Blind: How My Travel Troubles Began
I was extremely excited to arrive in Mérida, Mexico. I am definitely a city person, and having lived in a sleepy seaside town for the last few months I was ready to get back to the hustle and bustle for a few days. This gorgeous colonial town was the perfect foray into urban Mexican culture that I was craving. Continue reading “Mérida and a Flamboyance of Flamingos”
My third day in Mexico, Ben and I split up for good; I was moving onward to solo travel on the Peninsula, and he was heading to Cancun for a flight back to the U.K. I caught an early bus for the inland colonial town of Valladolid, where I would be spending the night before my early morning pilgrimage to Chichen Itza. Continue reading “Valladolid and Chichen Itza”
My second day in Tulum was both an incredible experience and also a comedy of errors. My friend Ben had gone to Chichen Itza for the day so I set off alone to rent a bicycle and explore some of the cenotes near Tulum. Cenotes are limestone sinkholes that are sprinkled around the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Most of the freshwater in the area is in underground rivers, and when the limestone caves surrounding the rivers collapse it forms large holes in the ground that are filled with crystal clear freshwater. Many of them are excellent spots for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Continue reading “Cenotes and an Excess of Underwear”