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Christmas Eve

Posted by on Dec 25, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 5 comments

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala The contrast here is making me very sad–I am so very privileged to have the time, leisure, and money to travel and sample the world, and the people that are around me here in Guatemala are all struggling. In this moment I feel I want, no I need, to be doing something greater with my life than I am now, and I just feel so small. The language school I am attending is a cooperative–that means guaranteed better wages to the instructors, and the school gives back to the community in the form of helping local poor families, and also with a commitment to built houses for 7 of the poorest families in town. Yesterday we walked with our instructors to give out Christmas baskets to the needy–filled with a bunch of staples and...

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Twitter Updates for 2009-12-25

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America | 1 comment

I uploaded a YouTube video — SA_Trip_MEXICO 1112.avi # Please follow and like...

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Guanajuato, MEXICO

Posted by on Dec 20, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Guanajuato, MEXICO

Zaplatanejo, MEX to Guanajuato, MEX Moving Time: 4:20 Stopped time: 1:15 170 Miles Linda and Joel had waxed poetic about Guanajuato Pronounced Wanna-Watt-o), Mexico, a colonial city with lots of architectural interest. Built on a hillside with a history of mining, they’d told me about the tunnels in the town, that go under the city. It sounded cool and Guanajuato had been stuck in my brain. As I might have mentioned, I’ve been terribly cold, so I rose to the Coast. well, two days on the coast I still could not get Guanajuato out of my brain, and so I returned inland. First, I found out that Guanajuato is a vibrant and bustling section of a Leon, and I got great directions there. Next, I found out that Guanajuato is a State in Mexico, and I got great directions...

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Lidia Lorena Lizarraga

Posted by on Dec 19, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Lidia Lorena Lizarraga

December 3, 2009 Mazatlan – Tepic, Mexico Moving Time: 4:15 Stopped Time: 2:56 181 Miles What a relief–it was warm when I woke up. Sunny, too. Almost hot. Wait, yes, it got hot. My my, I am so unused to that feeling I almost didn’t recognize it. I decided to bypass Mazitlan. I’d stopped just short of Mazatlan the night before, and really today I just wanted to ride. My friend Pierre (who I met in the Badlands two summers ago) has been emailing me with lots of travel tips since he travels a lot on the motorbike in Mexico. He told me this was a great road. I’d just started south when I saw three BMWs stopped, apparently doing some roadside repairs. I shocked them when I took my helmet off–all three stared in disbelief at the GIRL...

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Ma. Elena

Posted by on Dec 18, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Ma. Elena

November 30, 2009 Maria Elena Ayala Gallegos So I’m packed, hauling my load to the elevator to pack the bike and head off to breakfast…and a woman comes up the stairs. She invites me to breakfast, and hey! Why not! Shes friends with the receptionist, and stopped in to say hello. She saw my bike in the lobby and asked about it, since she used to ride, and when she finds out it belongs to a foreign woman, traveling alone, she’s compelled up the stairs as if by fate to meet me. Good thing for me! I pack up the bike and follow her, all suited up, about 5 blocks to a place for breakfast. We talk, all in Spanish of course, and I find out that Maria Elena is a renegade. In this Mexican, very Catholic, conservative culture...

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Hidalgo de Parral, Mexico

Posted by on Dec 17, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Hidalgo de Parral, Mexico

I took a day off in Hildago de Parral (click here for more info)…a town quite impressed with itself because of former famous resident Francisco Alvarado (who was so rich from his silver mine that he at one time offered to pay off the Mexican national debt!) and José Doroteo Arango Arámbula (5 June 1878 – 20 July 1923), better known as Pancho Villa. Palacio Alvarado Pancho Villa Museum Where Pancho Villa was ambushed and murdered, now just a dangerous place to cross the street. And some random shots of the streets of Parral as I walked around Please follow and like...

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