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...]

Life Happened on the Way to the Piñata Factory

The other day we broke down in Guatemala City -- in front of a piñata factory no less.I helped push the stalled PT Cruiser whose motor had knocked, pinged and spoken of better days. Back then forward, we rolled the car out of traffic and into a parking lot.Guatemala City is notorious for guns, violence, drugs, blighted neighborhoods and danger lurking around … [Read more...]

Holy Guacamole, It’s Semana Santa!

Sawdust carpets adorned with brightly-colored designs and cut fruit line the streets, giant carved floats sway on the backs of local men and women, and depressing dirges creep out of battered horns. Ceremony is high with marching Roman soldiers and elaborate crucifixion ceremonies as Guatemalan communities come together to mourn Jesus' crucifixion and celebrate his … [Read more...]

Guatemalan Pepian: Please Try This at Home

A Guatemalan cooking class? Aren't you supposed to be learning Spanish?Learning a new language is great, but doing so through the lens of food and markets strikes us as ideal. So when the topic of Guatemalan cuisine came up during our Spanish lessons (day two, as we steered each of our instructors there fairly quickly), we seized the opportunity and asked if … [Read more...]

Multicultural Snacking in Malaysia

You know, the Chinese are funny people: so long as their eyes are open, they are looking for food. –- an ethnic Chinese Malaysian man sizes up the Malaysian appetite for street foodTruth is, this quote applies to just about everyone in Malaysia. And why not? Like many of its neighbors in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is home to the holy trinity of street food … [Read more...]

Guatemala: 10 Days, 10 Impressions

With growing curiosity and a healthy double-edged dose of excitement and apprehension, we set off recently for the next segment of our journey: a new region with its own story, unfamiliar cultures with their own features, and distinct cuisines with their own flavors.We share ten impressions from our first ten days in Guatemala - from chuchitos to proselytizers to … [Read more...]