Parramos & Pastores, bootmakers

Returning to Guatemala for a visit after living in other countries, I joined a Habitat for Humanity build in the pueblo of Parramos near Antigua. To be accepted by Habitat for a project, applicants had to meet certain requirements. They had to be a family rather than a group of individuals, own the land, andContinue reading “Parramos & Pastores, bootmakers”

Comalapa, Guatemala, town of artists

The most amazing sight in Comalapa is the mural along the cemetery walls. But it is also a town of artists with many painted walls and galleries of local arts depicting village scenes in bright colors. Many of the villages of Guatemala specialize in various arts and are peopled with artisans. I had come with some friendsContinue reading “Comalapa, Guatemala, town of artists”

Travel Photo Challenge & Good Writer Talks

I have been nominated by Beth at ETB Travel Photography and Janet Brenneman on Facebook to post one favorite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. I am honored and give my warm thanks to both of these outstandingContinue reading “Travel Photo Challenge & Good Writer Talks”

Carnival in Trinidad

My son and I were invited to join Carnival in Trinidad, reputedly second only to Rio, with a Caribbean flavor. We had connected with a cousin in New York whose partner is from Trinidad and Tobago. “We go every year. Do you want to come?” she replied when I asked about the famous event. IContinue reading “Carnival in Trinidad”

Libraries in my life

I have been a library lover all my life. It’s been a passion of mine.  As a child, my local library, a two-story red brick building, was an easy stop on the way home from school or a destination for a walk on a Saturday. I always went by myself and wandered favorite sections, exploring newContinue reading “Libraries in my life”

Peru: Machu Picchu and Inca ruins

Continued from my previous post: Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. We met at 4:30am to begin the hike from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (old peak) and climbed the seemingly endless stone stairs to the ruins, arriving just as the first buses pulled up. We hustled on by them up the hill, before the busContinue reading “Peru: Machu Picchu and Inca ruins”

Peru: Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco sits high in the Andes mountains of Peru, a charming city of tan adobe structures with red tiled roofs, old Spanish churches, winding cobblestone streets up steep hills. My traveling partner, my son Adam, and I met at the Lima airport in the middle of the night. I was coming from Guatemala where IContinue reading “Peru: Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu”

Hope is on the horizon

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson Welcome 2021! There was a pastel sunrise over the mountains out my window, as the sunshine poured slowly over the landscape like molasses, shedding light over the dusky landscapeContinue reading “Hope is on the horizon”

The silence of Iceland: Wildlife

We had booked a stay at a horse ranch up north, west of Akureyri, ahead of time but were disappointed to learn that the owners were not opening for rides for a few weeks. While we soaked in a hot springs pool nearby that evening, my son, in conversation with friendly locals, got a recommendationContinue reading “The silence of Iceland: Wildlife”

The silence of Iceland: Nature

As one might expect from an island nation, water is the stuff of which nature and landscape is formed, but in Iceland it tends toward the extreme and dramatic. Massive glaciers blanket the mountain ranges of the inland center. Geothermal mudpots bubble and steaming geysers reach to the sky. Icebergs float in frigid lakes surroundedContinue reading “The silence of Iceland: Nature”