Livingston: The Other Side of Guatemala

Descendants of shipwrecked slaves from Nigeria; Jerry Garcia's rumored Caribbean seaside bungalow hideout; warrior dances (see video below) and turtle shell drums; echoes of an accented pigeon pidgin English that smacks of Jamaica; and a remarkable coconut seafood soup called tapado.This is Livingston, home of the Garifuna. This is the other side of Guatemala. … [Read more...]

The Only Gringos in Gracias

"Hola, Gringos!" a little Honduran girl calls out to us from the garden of the coffee plantation-cum-guest house on the edge of Gracias, Honduras where we awoke Saturday morning."Hola, ninos!" we offer in response.Giggles all around. Little do we know what a prescient greeting it is. … [Read more...]

Capturing Humanity: 10 Tips for Great Street and Market Photos

Do you pay for your photographs? Do you ask permission? Have you had any problems taking photographs of people on the street?We field these sorts of questions often. Several readers also recently requested that we write a post about how we get our photos, especially of people in street and market settings.In response, we share ten tips for taking engaging … [Read more...]

What to Do in Singapore? Eat!

Singapore, an unexpected stop on our Southeast Asian itinerary thanks to a cheap flight from there to India. Our culinary expectations for this small city-state were low, particularly in the wake of our street food experiences in Thailand and Malaysia. Yet in the three days before our flight to India, it seemed like all we did was eat. … [Read more...]

A Road Trip, Some Banditos, and a Dose of Fear

There we were at the dock in San Pedro bargaining for a boat to Santiago. The price seemed prohibitively high for a whimsical afternoon side trip on Lake Atitlan. Natasha, another traveler hoping to take the same boat, also questioned the price.“You know, I have a car here. We could drive. You can just give me some gas money.”Sounded like a reasonable … [Read more...]