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Adventures on the Caribbean Coast – Part II

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If you look at a map of Panama, you will see that there is one road connecting the northwest corner of the country with the rest of the country, which, as far as we can tell, consists of the Pan-American highway and Panama City. If you actually drive that one road, you will understand why more »

Podcast: How to plan a college tour

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In today’s episode, Karen Schwarz from EssayMom.net talks about how to plan a college tour with a teenager, and we find some deals for saving some money along the way. All Over the Map Travel Talk Paige Conner Totaro of All Over the Map and Veronique Autphenne of Pax Travel Design talk travel in this semi-regular, ever-entertaining more »

Adventures on the Caribbean Coast – Part I

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After leaving the Buena Finca in Saripiqui, R and I decided to cross from Costa Rica to Panama at the Sixaola-Guabito border crossing. We felt that this border crossing had some advantages. First, given its remote location in Costa Rica, far from the Pan-American highway, we hoped it would be quicker than crossing at one more »

La Buena Casa

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We were all sad to leave our latest Workaway with Esteban and Tom on the Buena Finca. I think everyone was sad to see us go as well – and not only because I was the one that brought the beer and rum each night. When we arrived almost two weeks ago we thought we more »

Our Five-Star Toilet Rating System

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Traveling with kids is hard. This is particularly true when traveling in developing countries that are hot, dusty, and where the population of ants trails only that of the underprivileged. We try to be accepting of certain local cultural habits and, in fact, even embrace those that suit us. For example, it’s okay to stop more »

Want to see Christo’s Floating Piers This Summer?

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See Christo’s Floating Piers Do you want to see Christo’s Floating Piers installation this summer in Lake Iseo, Italy? Then join me on a tour this June! We’ll be visiting the lovely Lake Iseo, where Christo is constructing a mile-long floating pathway across the lake. We’ll join the throngs of contemporary art fans walking across more »

This Day in Costa Rican History

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The knowledge we have gained from living out of hotels for the better part of the last eight months has come in handy during our latest Workaway experience because we are helping to design rooms for the ecolodge that Esteban and Tom (our hosts) are building. R, Coconut, J and I have spent a lot more »

Iguana – It’s What’s for Dinner

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As we drove through Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, we often saw people standing along the side of the road holding large, spine-backed reptiles bound to a stick. The people  would wave these things at us as we drove past as if they were performing some sort of ceremonial blessing. We realized that the people more »

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