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A Little Life & Death…The Carpets of Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Construction on a Semana Santa carpet, or alfombra, starts in the wee hours of the morning when the cool Antigua air is still chilly on the skin and spotlights light up portions of the street where the alfombras will lie for mere minutes sometimes before the parades slowly shuffle along the cobbled streets, destroying the […]

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A Little Celebration…Antigua Preps for Easter Madness

The buzz throughout the city of Antigua is infectious on the Wednesday before Easter; although the Semana Santa celebrations (Holy Week) don’t “officially” kick off until the morning of Holy Thursday, the colorfully picturesque town of Antigua, Guatemala has been milking this holiday for the past two weeks with early Semana Santa processions and mini-carpets […]

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A Little Wander…Tikal Wildlife and Ruins

The sounds of the wildlife at Tikal are what sold me on the experience. Within minutes of listening to the pattering of feet and chatter of other members of the group, we are all pulled to an abrupt halt by our guide, Luis. He holds up a single hand to silence the group – a […]

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A Little History…Chichén Itzá Maya Ruins

The ruins of Chichén Itzá were my first stop on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. As my first set of Maya ruins of this trip, I have to say, they’re quite a bit different from the temples architecture of Asia – and a good thing too because I got really “templed out” by the end […]

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A Little Quandary…When do you Donate?

The oldest girl in the group of children, she couldn’t have been more than 13, leveled a sly look my way before stating: “Lady, you buy our bracelets or who knows what will happen to your bicycles…” At that point, I think my jaw dropped. The Backstory Laura and I rented bikes for a day […]

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A Little Sand…Nine Women Pushing a 4WD

Here’s a fun fact you may have never known – when you push a car out of deep sand, you can actually fall on your face once the car starts moving. Fun fact. I’m all for women power – ra ra, equality, ra ra – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe that there […]

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A Little Choice…Uluru's Base Walk and Personal Choice

Rain alternated between a deluge and a misty-drizzle the entire first day on our Outback tour – and incredible luck meant we not only witnessed the waterfalls on Uluru (Ayres Rock), but also, a briefly visible rainbow as the last light of the day lit the rock a glowing orange. On the flip side though, […]

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A Little Adventure… Off-Roading to the Cliffs of Moher

There are two ways to set out on any adventure: The way the Lonely Planet tells you The secret map hand-drawn for you by a local. I mean really, is there even a choice?! Laura and I were ready to tackle the famed Cliffs of Moher and Carl, the owner of the fantastically accommodating and […]

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