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November 2011

Homeless On Thanksgiving, But Rescued By Indians

November 30, 2011

Celebrating Thanksgiving With New Friends

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of the family football game my mom’s side of the family does every year and the Thanksgiving meal. I don’t think of being homeless. I had planned to do a Thanksgiving meal for the awesome people I was couchsurfing with in San Jose, but nature intervened. A death […]

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Speaking At INCAE Business School In Costa Rica

November 29, 2011

INCAE Thumbnail

I had the privilege of speaking at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. Getting there was the problem tough… I left Londres on the 6am bus. I arrived in Quepos at 6:40am. While waiting for the 7:15am bus to San Jose I drank some coffee and had a couple bananas for breakfast. At 7:15am I boarded the […]

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Costa Rica’s Stunning, Natural Beauty

November 28, 2011

Dragon Fly

While staying in Londres, Costa Rica I had the pleasure of living in the Costa Rican countryside. The nature was wonderful and amazing. So many colors, smells, and textures, not to mention life literally everywhere. I truly felt like nature was in control there and I was just a guest. If left to its own, […]

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Volunteering At Finca Amanecer In Costa Rica, An Eco-Community

November 26, 2011

finca amanecer sign

I had the pleasure of volunteering at Finca Amanecer in Londres, Costa Rica for a week. Lots of things attracted me to this place. First, my communications with Elena, the owner, were fantastic from the start (a welcome change from my experience in Nicaragua). Its location was near the Pacific Ocean, but not on the […]

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Photo Friday – Gecko Peeping Tom – Londres, Costa Rica

November 25, 2011

A Laughing Gecko Deciding Whether To Climb Through A Hole In A Screen In Costa Rica

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Pushing Yourself To Overcome Fears

November 24, 2011

roach close up

While in San Jose, I realized just how far I’ve come when it comes to my fear of bugs. As I mentioned before, while living in Yoloaiquin, El Salvador I had no choice but to put up with bugs. I was living in the countryside and bugs were simply everywhere. Each night something frightening would […]

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Entering Costa Rica And The Green City Of San Jose

November 23, 2011

Green City

The journey from Managua, Nicaragua to San Jose, Costa Rica took 9 hours by bus. It was definitely a pleasant ride. Not too far from the border on the Nicaraguan side, I was very surprised to see a wind farm in operation. I didn’t realize there was much activity here in Central America, but maybe […]

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – The World Is My Garbage Can

November 21, 2011

Grazing Cow And Street Garbage In Granada, Nicaragua

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. […]

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Nicaragua’s Saving Grace – Matagalpa And An Awesome Friend

November 19, 2011

Me And Jenevieve On Top Of The Mountain

The one non-negotiable thing on my to do list for Nicaragua was to visit Jenevieve, a great friend of mine from our MBA in Spain. When I decided to “quit” Nicaragua, there was only one place to go – Matagalpa! Luckily I got to Granada on a Friday and I had already made plans to […]

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Photo Friday – Fascinated By Flight – San Jose, Costa Rica

November 18, 2011

Little boy fascinated by flight in plaza de las artes in san jose, costa rica

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A Few Hours In Granada, Nicaragua

November 17, 2011

Center

I spent a few hours in Granada, Nicaragua waiting to hear from my contact at the NGO before deciding to “quit” Nicaragua. I don’t have a lot to say about Granada since I was only there for about 24 hours. I just walked around the center a bit since I had my big backpack on. […]

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Listening To My Gut And Quitting Nicaragua Early

November 15, 2011

I am a quitter

There have been many firsts on The Happy Nomad Tour. Certainly more are to come. But in Nicaragua I had my first “this doesn’t feel right” moment. Coming off my great experience in El Salvador, I was excited to volunteer here in Nicaragua. I was excited to meet up with my awesome friend working here […]

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The 12-Hour Journey To Nicaragua – Being Adopted By A Salvadoran Family and Managua Chaos

November 14, 2011

Welcome To NIcaragua

I got up at 3:20am since the pickup truck would be ready to take me down the hill to Yoloaiquin at 4am. I packed the last of my belongings and at 4am and started a really long journey to Nicaragua. The route included taking chicken buses from Yoloaiquin to highway “dieciocho” or “18” and then […]

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A Kind Gesture Representative Of A Great Nation – Leaving El Salvador On A Great Note

November 12, 2011

Me And The Family Outside The Internet Cafe

When I was in Yoloaiquin, El Salvador I had a daily routine of going down the mountain in the morning to town. I’d use the “ciber”, pronounced “see-bear”, or internet café. There were only two to chose from. One only had three computers, had no wireless, and was constantly full with little kids playing games. […]

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Photo Friday – Rural Salvadoran Morning – Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

November 11, 2011

Rural Morning - Taken Nov 8, 2011 - Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

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Happiness Plunge Inc.’s Q1 “Report To Shareholders” – Great Outcomes On No Income

November 9, 2011

Growth Chart

Yes, it has been three months since I set out on The Happy Nomad Tour. Public companies have to present their results to shareholders and the public every quarter. I will do the same, mockingly, and share the highlights of the trip thus far with my “shareholders”. To be sure, there have been lowlights as […]

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Volunteering With Comencemos In Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

November 9, 2011

Comencemos Logo

Volunteering with Comencemos has been a very different experience than I’ve had so far. As a new NGO, they suffer from something all new companies/organizations suffer from – lack of funds. From Rene’s point of view, I think he just wanted me to come and share ideas given my MBA and traveling experience. I think […]

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