Death in Mexico!

Mexican traditional celebration of the Day of the Dead is coming up!  Altars to the dearly departed are going up everywhere, homes, shops, public buildings. We are in one of our favorite restaurants this morning, and the altar here is being built and the entire floor is covered with pine needles. As the story goes, the spirits are invited back to celebrate and honor the lives they lead, and families and friends celebrate at home and in the cemeteries with laughing, eating, singing, even Mariachi bands. ...

Love Your Enemas

Warning: this post might get a bit graphic. You probably shouldn’t read it while eating. You might not want to read it at all! You know how old people can’t seem to have a conversation without over-sharing about their bodily functions? Yeah, that’s how this is going to go. Alternate titles for this post that I considered: The Enema Within Public Enema #1 Sworn Enemas Enema at the Gates Sleeping with the Enema My Own Worst Enema Enema Territory Know Thy Enema Enema Agent Can you see where this is going? ...

We Woke up in Nicaragua!

Waking up in Nicaragua is different! Bird calls outside the window. Lots of them – including a polite rooster across the drainage ditch who waited until after the sun was up to crow only one series of cock-a-doodle-doos. (The Mexican ones crow constantly for any reason, not just good-morning!) Mangos outside our hostel In just a few minutes I have seen some fat brown birds, several great kiskadees, numerous doves, some beautiful dusky blue birds resembling blue budgies in pet stores but larger, and a gorgeous yellow and black bird with a bright orange hood. ...