At Least the Coconuts were Free…

Mark Stewart Misadventures, Volunteering 2 Comments

Being budget travellers we’re always looking for ways to stretch the dollars as far as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to volunteer your time in exchange for food and accommodation. While it isn’t quite as helpful as actually earning an income, we just aren’t yet in a position to make that happen, simply not spending anything is better than nothing. However, on some rare occasions, the description of the situations are slightly misleading to what …

Pickle Perspective, or: Memento Mori

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Prior to leaving on this journey, after we had moved out of our condo and into our respective parent’s basements, I was relaxing on the couch one evening, eating a pickle. It was a Bick’s Dill Pickle, Polski Ogórki to be specific. Pickles are a near-perfect food and include many distinct styles, each serving their own purpose: Kosher dills to accompany a nice smoked meat sandwich, spicy pickled beans in a ceasar, or cornichons along side your charcuterie board. Then …

Cliff Jumping in El Tunco

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El Tunco is typically known for two things, either a quick stopover point after crossing into El Salvador from Guatemala, or for surfing. Considering the rocky coastline and our lack of surfing skills, we fit into the first category. A few short hours on a bus from Antigua to El Tunco, or five chicken busses over an entire day to get to anywhere else in El Salvador, it wasn’t a tough decision…

What to Do in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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While we only spent a week in San Pedro, we fell in love immediately. The time flew by, but it’s definitely high on our list of places to revisit! From Panajachel, ferries run frequently throughout the day and cost Q25 to reach San Pedro. Do yourself a favour and leave earlier in the day, the water becomes quite choppy around mid-day and makes for a rather uncomfortable ride. What to Do One of the biggest draws to town are the …

San Pedro la Laguna

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Like the islands of southern Thailand or the beaches of Goa. Certain places have a vibe, a feeling unexplainable to those who’ve never been, but one that’s fluent to those who have spent even the briefest moment in such places. San Pedro la Laguna is definitely one of these spots. Up early after one of the best sleeps of the trip, we set out to explore our new surroundings. Just up the street from our place was a small Italian-owned …

Enter: Guatemala

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It’s been many years since we’ve done any real travel; meaning spending an extended period of time in developing countries, where schedules and timelines only exist on paper. While this definitely isn’t something new to us, the journey from San Cristobal to San Pedro was slightly less than smooth. Most hostels and tour agencies in San Cristobal will be able to sell you a ticket straight through to several locations within Guatemala. The majority of travellers are headed for Antigua, …

San Cristobal: The Good, The Bad, the Micheladas

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Funny enough, while it may have been unusually warm back home in Edmonton, it was actually warmer there than it was where we were for most of the time spent here. While the unexpected cold weather was a slight shock to our system, it was another encounter on our first day that really set the mood for the coming days…