Palenque–not exactly what I was expecting

As Mayan ruins go – and there are many in Mexico, and I’ve visited more than the average bear– Palenque is one of the best. This ancient city is quite older than some and it dates back as far as 226 BC . While Palenque seems…

Uxmal and la ruta PUUC

Back when I was 21… Once upon a time I had crazy dreams of being a cultural anthropologist or historical preservationist or something that would allow me to travel and be the #historynerd that I truly am. But then the reality of these jobs…

Chichen Itza

I have always kept a record of my travels.  It used to be with a pen and paper and 35 mm film.  Now it’s all digital. Occasionally I reflect back on some of my past travels and travel mishaps before I started this blog. Chichen…

Tulum

Archaeology has always fascinated me. Stories of mysterious ancient  civilizations and their fascinating architecture has always made me want to grab  my pick and machete and go exploring.  What could be more thrilling to this Archaeologist Wannabe, a lover of art history, than an ancient…

The Costa Rican Affair

The first time I saw you I was intrigued. There was something there that was definitely missing from the long term relationship I was in. We met at the most common of places:  my work, not a crowded bar, at a grocery store, and…

Are we really this dumb?

With all the ‘news’ out there floating around about the two brothers that are suspects in the Boston marathon bombing, I came across this headline… Ambassador: Czech Republic and Chechnya two very different places Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/04/22/Ambassador-Czech-Republic-and-Chechnya-two-very-different-places/UPI-60551366677092/#ixzz2RPOlx1HJ Really?  are we that dumb that we don’t…

Monsters and legends in Inverness, Scotland

Let’s get one things straight right off the bat:  Scotland is awesome. The more places I visit in this beautiful country, the more I fall in love with it.  I came to Inverness for two reasons:  to see the monster and to be in the…

Let’s get naked–Budapest’s Thermal Baths

Let me preface this was that I never intended to get naked. It was a frigid January day in Budapest, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from exploring.  Bundled up in all the clothing I had with me, I set out…

Snowshoeing in Sarajevo: An Olympic Adventure

When I’m at home, I hate all things winter.  Being from the southeastern United States, winter [meaning snow, skis, cold] is still a bit of a foreign concept.  Just the threat of snowflakes sends everyone scurrying about buying up all the milk and bread…

Bones on display

Ah yes, the church of bones.  I’d heard about it before and even visited other crypts and ossuaries, but I knew that I’d have to visit Kunta Hora if given half a chance. Less than a day away from Prague, lies the hauntingly beautiful…