Old Gringo

14 Dec 18
Pieces of the 6: A Novel

                                                          Chapter One   November 27, 1992        We drove along a desolate highway past the countless rows upon rows of the winter season crops of the Rio Grande Valley. Headed south for the border in a Black ’88 Cougar, Turo, Mando, and I– The Would-Be Kings of Cuatro Esquinas– decided not to drive […]

14 Dec 18
Peace Corps Paraguay

Hello everyone, I’m posting this from the field behind my host family’s house because it has the best signal, coming at you live as a real, official, sworn-in Peace Corps Volunteer in my official home for the next 2 years. Today marks 2 weeks since I took the oath of service at our swear-in ceremony […]

13 Dec 18
Deplorables Seeking Justice-DSJ

Good evening fellow Seekers, How much more proof do Dems and the left need to show that not everyone that wants to come here means us no ill will. This piece of work has wanted out of his country for YEARS, but wants to send us his country’s best? I think not. To him we […]

13 Dec 18
Viajando South America

A very short flight, back to sea level at last, heading into the Amazon, meeting our guide, joining the local community, picking fruit, mosquitoes, some very vocal birds, night time jungle treks, more mosquitoes, terrifying bug sightings, poisonous trees, more mosquitoes, sharing our bathroom with cockroaches, thunder and lightning, MORE MOSQUITOES, unbearable humidity and returning to our now natural habitat of the Andes…

13 Dec 18
Book Basset

Have you ever had one of those days when you knew for a fact that Santa added you to his Naughty List? Yesterday was that day for me. I think the pressure of the holiday season finally got to me. My breaking point came yesterday when my youngest had a headache, but was afraid to […]

13 Dec 18
That's not Southern Gothic

From Laredo, Texas to Trenton, New Jersey. Was the reefer supposed to be on? It wasn’t. The damn trailer wasn’t even dropped between the lines, but cockeyed. It was dropped over from Mexico, of course. Every load in the Laredo yard was either coming in from or going into Mexico. Gideon pinched the metal latch […]

12 Dec 18
Man Overboard

I found myself in a dark bar, with just a few bare light bulbs hanging from cords strung among the rafters. Dirty sunlight fought its way through windows scarred by wind and sand. Shadows hid inside shadows. A few signs and posters, all in Spanish, hung on walls near doors to the kitchen and the […]

12 Dec 18
Nouvelles Du Monde

Clint Eastwood réalise et joue le rôle principal dans un drame sur un vieil homme devenu coureur de drogue pour un cartel mexicain. Prier La mule en disant que c'est le meilleur film jamais réalisé par un réalisateur américain de 88 ans qui joue également dans un rôle principal, c'est ne rien dire du tout, […]

12 Dec 18
The Mansell Wanderers

Lake Titikaka (brief tour) >> La Paz (3 nights) >> Pampas (2 nights) >> La Paz (2 nights) >> Uyuni Salt Flats tour (2 nights) Original expectations of 10 days in Bolivia: Get pickpocketed Get mugged Get shot Get incredible pictures on the salt flats Reality of 10 days in Bolivia: Not being a victim […]

12 Dec 18
SofiasLifeInABackpack

Once mighty inca empire, the promising land of the lamas and the gateway to Perus nr. 1 tourist draw Machu Picchu, Cusco. Spent few first days getting to know this magnificent city located 3300 meters above sea level. Cuscos narrow streets are filled with cute cafes, shops and restaurants built on the hills. This city […]

12 Dec 18
dtouringamerica

We felt well rested after our night in Hotel Catedral. Decent mattresses, no bugs, no dog chorus. Ciudad Del Carmen had treated us well. Riding out of the city meant getting around the airport that sits slap-bang in the middle of it. It seemed weird that we didn’t see a single plane arrive or leave […]

11 Dec 18
Hannah Hooton

One goal that stuck out to me in the Sustainable Development Goals is the goal to get clean water. This hits home because I live just south of Flint, Michigan and there has been the water crisis for years. Water is essential and there should always be clean water. I don’t think people thing about […]

11 Dec 18
Viajando South America

A floating bus, arriving to the highest administrative capital city in the world, dinner and drinks on the house, another free walking tour, a very corrupt prison, a market for witches, local delicacies, more cable cars, a French restaurant, struggling with the altitude and preparing for the Amazon…