Posts Tagged 'quotes'

Tikal

tikal

“Towering pyramids poke above the jungle’s green canopy to catch the sun.  Howler monkeys swing noisily through the branches of ancient trees as brightly colored parrots and toucans dart from perch to perch in a cacophony of squawks.  When the complex warbling song of some mysterious jungle bird tapers off, the buzz of tree frogs fills the background and it will dawn on you that this is, indeed, hallowed ground.” – Lonely Planet Central America

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poco a poco

Andador

Andador Turistico, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.  Suddenly you are five years old again.  You can’t read anything, you only have the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life.  Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.  -Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There (1993)

As expected, learning to communicate in Spanish is proving to be both the most challenging and rewarding aspect of my experiences in Mexico thus far, even amongst all the other challenges and rewards of traveling and adapting to a new culture.  And I’m beginning to catch on, poco a poco, or little by little.

Now that we’ve settled into our apartment (temporarily, of course) in San Cristobal de las Casas, I’m preparing to to spend the next month working to improve my Spanish at Sol Maya Language & Arts School.  Wish me luck!

All packed and ready to go…

Vagabonding – n. (1)  The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time.  (2)  A privately meaningful manner of travel that emphasizes creativity, adventure, awareness, simplicity, discovery, independence, realism, good humor, and the growth of the spirit.  (3)  A deliberate way of living that makes the freedom to travel possible. –Rolf Potts 
We’re finally about to begin our year of traveling.  First thing tomorrow morning we depart for Oaxaca City followed by Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel, and later a New Years celebration on the beach.
Be sure to check out the rest of our recently revised itinerary here.