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2012 in Travel Awesomeness

This year has gone by unbelievably quickly. In my mind, it’s a blur from Israel to Australia—and nearly everywhere in between. The thing that lures me to pack my suitcase again and again in pursuit of adventure is that sense of wonder in learning new things about the world. My family and friends who know [...]

Silence in Xibalba

Xibalba, the Mayan underworld, is described in the Popul Vuh as a place of fear where the dead had to traverse an obstacle course of bats, jaguars, rivers of blood and rooms of sharp knives. Cenotes, the deep limestone sinkholes scattered throughout the Mexican Maya world, were the gateways to this hellish underworld. But the [...]

Adjusting and Resetting Goals

Years ago, when I learned to kayak, an instructor reminded me of the importance of constantly adjusting my actions based on the numerous factors which had an impact on my being safely on the water. Did the wind or current change? Did another boater come across my path? Was I getting tired? Adjust. It’s something [...]

Surf Camp Report

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve returned from my surf camp in Mexico. Since then, I’ve been eyeing surfboards nearly everywhere I go, looking for the one that will allow me more practice time at my local surf break. The water’s a little colder here than in the Riviera Nayarit, but there’s so such [...]

Surf Safari

Years ago, when I ran across the promotional materials for Las Olas, a surf safari for women on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the power of one sentence not only grabbed me, but knocked me over the head and nearly dragged me to Mexico. “We make girls out of women.” I often joke with close friends that [...]

2011 Best Travel Moments

It’s not yet the end of the year, but I’m not going anywhere until early in 2012 and there’s a rare speck of dust on my suitcase. I may as well summarize my travel year now. While there were definitely some strange aspects to my 2011, I made new friends (some of whom are the [...]

Cinco de Mayo in Puebla

Celebrated in the United States as a day of Mexican heritage as well as a festive drinking holiday, Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is also confused by many as Mexico’s Independence Day (Sept. 16). I’ve heard some explain the difference while saying that Cinco de Mayo isn’t observed at all in Mexico. But the anniversary [...]

Spa Day

I’m not particularly into gyms, but I can spend hours in a spa. Even if I’m visiting for the occasional massage, I’ll carve out time to sample the sauna, read a magazine in the lounge and extend my stay for a little longer. Spas aren’t a huge part of my lifestyle, but they fascinate me [...]