“Twenty Minutes”; and No Bathrooms on the Bus – Getting from Ecuador to Colombia

Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador is a relatively new facility, having opened in 2013. It replaced the former airport of the same name, which became obsolete when it could not be expanded any further because of the surrounding mountainous terrain. But it was at least conveniently located, near the heart of town. This … Continue reading “Twenty Minutes”; and No Bathrooms on the Bus – Getting from Ecuador to Colombia

Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador – First Impressions

In Spanish, the word baño means literally bath, though it's often used to mean bathroom as well. So you really have to wonder what the intent was in naming that unfortunate town in California Los Baños. There was clearly no malice, however, in naming the resort town in Ecuador. Even though everyone just calls it … Continue reading Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador – First Impressions

Getting Scammed (Twice) On Airbnb: How It Happened, How We Recovered, and How To Prevent It

Let's be clear right up front: we've used Airbnb quite a few times, and have always been quite pleased with their service. And with one exception, we've never been unhappy with the hosts we booked with. (See our story about our stay near Naples, Italy.) But we've never encountered an outright fraud before. Until now. … Continue reading Getting Scammed (Twice) On Airbnb: How It Happened, How We Recovered, and How To Prevent It

Getting From Cancun to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

We had an early morning flight from Cancun to Guatemala City; and from there, we had to get to the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This was a long, rather complicated process with several hurdles to overcome. The first problem was just getting to the airport. As we've mentioned … Continue reading Getting From Cancun to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

17 Hours on a Train to Miami after 12 Hours With No Home Base in Hamlet, NC

Nov. 19 & 20, 2021 On Friday, we wrapped up the weeklong Act!vated Story Theatre residency at the school in Cheraw SC, culminating in a performance by each of the 6 classes we taught. After school, the principal was kind enough to give us a ride back to Hamlet NC, to the same Airbnb we … Continue reading 17 Hours on a Train to Miami after 12 Hours With No Home Base in Hamlet, NC