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September 2011

Photo Friday – Tuna, The Cactus Fruit – San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico

September 30, 2011

Tuna - The Fruit Of The Cactus

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Goodbye Mexico, You Were Wonderful And I’ll Miss You

September 29, 2011

Me With Tequila AK-47

Maybe I’m being overly sentimental since Mexico was the first country in The Happy Nomad Tour, but I’m really going to miss it. The Happy Nomad Tour is going far better than I could have imagined and this is largely attributed to the wonderful Mexican people. I am excited to head to Guatemala tomorrow and […]

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Volunteering With An Indigenous Women’s Co-op In Chiapas

September 28, 2011

Natural Products Co-op In Chiapas

My original volunteering opportunity in Chiapas fell through once I got here, but luckily the kind people I’m staying with quickly found something else for me to help with – their Co-op! They lead a Cooperative of producers of natural products (soap, shampoo, creams, etc.) The members of the Co-op are all women and indigenous. […]

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San Cristobal, Chiapas – Paradise In Mexico?

September 27, 2011

Traditional Clothing

When I told people in other parts of Mexico that I was going to the state of Chiapas, many told me it was a paradise on earth. It’s hard to disagree. There are lots of pictures below that try to capture the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and feelings here, but it’s really impossible to do […]

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50 For 50 Contest – Get A Postcard From Central America!

September 26, 2011

el salvador postcard box

When I get to El Salvador or Honduras it will mark the 50th country I have been to. This is no cause for celebration. It’s just a number. But I’d like to thank and connect with my loyal readers in a different way to mark the occasion. I still haven’t decided if I’ll go to […]

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Quick Tour Of Mexico City

September 24, 2011

Me with presidential palace behind in zocolo

I spent three days in Mexico City, two of them with a great friend of mine. She was one of my roommates when we were in Spain studying at IE Business School. I was 100% purely a tourist in Mexico City. I wanted to see the capital, my friend was going to be there, and […]

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Photo Friday – Buena Vista – Mexico City, Mexico

September 23, 2011

View of Mexico City from castillo Chapultepec castle

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Some Reflection After Six Weeks Of Happy Nomad Touring

September 21, 2011

me and marcela

The Happy Nomad Tour has been going on for six weeks now, and as I sit on a bus heading to Mexico City I am in a reflective mood. All I can think about is how grateful I am for the experiences I’ve had these past six weeks. I don’t think I’ll ever get over […]

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Viva Mexico – Mexican Independence Day

September 19, 2011

me wearing a sombrero on mexican independence day saying viva mexico

How to possibly summarize such an amazing 24 hours? Mexican Independence Day starts on the night of the 15th and the 16th is the official national holiday. This year the 16th is a Friday, so basically from Thursday night until Sunday there is partying and celebration taking place. One way to summarize the spirit omnipresent […]

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Photo Friday – Mexican Independence Day – Leon, Mexico

September 16, 2011

Mexican Flag

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Determination To Get Your Life Back And Walk Again

September 14, 2011

prosthetic leg

I arrived at the nursing home in Leon yesterday morning as usual. Almost as soon as I arrived, Jose called me to his room. Jose has poor circulation and it has resulted in the partial loss of his left foot and the loss of most of his right leg. On Friday he had an appointment […]

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Day Trip To Guanajuato, Mexico

September 12, 2011

Me with a Mariachi

Wow, what a beautiful city. I was told over and over again that I had to go to Guanajuato and now I understand why. We went to Guanajuato on Saturday and the weather was perfect. It is only about 45 minutes from Leon by car. Upon entering the city you are transported back in time to the […]

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How To Measure Success When Volunteering

September 10, 2011

measuring success

I have been volunteering at the nursing home in Leon for a week now. I have read many accounts online recounting how volunteers inevitably feel disappointed upon completion of their volunteer work. They are often not disappointed in their efforts – just that their efforts didn’t lead to substantial change the way they expected. Even with […]

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Photo Friday – El Aguador – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

September 9, 2011

El_Aguador_San_Luis_potosi icon

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Volunteering At A Nursing Home In Leon, Mexico

September 6, 2011

Nursing Home El Angel Guardian in Leon Mexico

The past few days I have been volunteering at a nursing home here Leon, Mexico. It is close to where I’m staying and the people there vary in infirmity. Some are terminally ill and are spending their last days there. Some are mentally sharp but are in long-term recovery after a surgery, while others are […]

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A Day To Remember – Immigration, Family Lunch, Marching For Peace, and Mariachis

September 5, 2011

Me with a group of mariachis in Leon, Mexico

On Friday, my second day in Leon, I had a truly amazing day. It didn’t start out amazing though. First I had to take care of my lingering Mexican visa issue. Upon arrival in Mexico I got a tourist card valid for 180days. But the immigration police didn’t give me the form I needed to […]

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Arrival In León, Mexico

September 3, 2011

The Arch in Leon, Mexico

On Thursday I left San Luis Potosi and went to León, Mexico. It was just a three hour bus ride, but the two places definitely feel different. León feels bigger and more developed, but it’s just an initial impression. León is famous for making shoes and leather, so it was fitting that the first thing I saw […]

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