El Tunco

El Tunco Beach, El Salvador I really love to surf, which is unfortunate because I’m not very good at it. The first time I tried to surf was with some close friends while staying on El Tunco beach outside San Salvador, El Salvador. You can rent surfboards for $10 per Read more…

Refrigerator

Mexico City, Mexico I could fill several posts about street food – just in Mexico City. This refrigerator consists of a plastic tub and a block of ice. As the ice melts, the tub fills with cold water as a second source of refrigeration. Mexico ranks #2 in the world Read more…

Children’s Books

Richardson, Texas, USA Though it may not have the patriotic grandeur of military powers of the past, make no mistake, the US is a war-culture. We express it in subtle ways – less with poetic honor,more as a statement of fact. Growing up in North Texas, you don’t need to Read more…

Sliding Doors

Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, in many ways, is a glorious celebration of the senses. The colors, sounds, smells, there is a lot to love about the city – particularly the historic district. Transportation is always interesting to me. In Santo Domingo, a popular form is in vans Read more…

Iron Bars

Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic When I think of security, I always think back to the¬†twisted face of a close friend, the CIO of a company I worked at as he proclaimed with astonishment: “there isn’t really any agreement on what is ‘secure.’ I just, don’t get it.” It reminds Read more…

People’s Car

The World I really like ‘Peoples’ Cars.’ I give the genre that name after Hitler’s baby – the ever-popular Volkswagen beetle designed by Ferdinand Porsche for the Nazi people of Germany. But Peoples’ Cars have this interesting tendency to grow into their own. For Americans, the Beetle is the staple, Read more…

Buskers

Every once in a while, I decide to practice my singing in public for the strangers around me. I don’t know why.¬†Most of my repertoire is old ska songs that nobody has heard of, and I sing, currently, only in English. My singing voice is ok, but not noteworthy. I Read more…

Back to School Shopping

Mexico City, Mexico I grew up in the suburbs of Texas in the US, so ‘back-to-school’ always meant a trip to the popular big-box store Target to buy the things I and my three little sisters needed for the year ahead. I first came to Mexico around the same time Read more…

Pedicabs

Austin, Texas Texas’ capital, Austin, is the home of swarms of pedicabs carting downtown travelers from place to place (mostly bar to bar). A pedicab ride is free, though tips are expected. Snippets

Dulce

Guadalajara, Mexico I was wandering through downtown Guadalajara when I came across a stand with some dulces stacked up covered in hundreds of bees. Appetizing? I didn’t buy any. Snippets