My Life at Orbita Spanish School

I’ve been living at Orbita for a week now. It’s been a real good time staying in one of their on-site rooms. It’s pretty snazzy compared to the other private rooms I’ve seen, like homestays, hostels and hotels. There’s a TV, Wi-Fi...

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Stories from San Pedro La Laguna

It didn’t take long for me to figure out that there are two prices for every single item in San Pedro. One for the locals and one for the turistas. Here in San Pedro, right when you step off the lancha and onto the pier, you are in Gringolandia. The cros...

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Guatemalan Homestay Experience

I had originally planned to do a one month homestay with a Guatemalan family here in Lake Atitlan. As it turns out, I changed my plans and decided to move on to live at my Spanish school. I have my own bathroom now! It was a little bittersweet when I left on S...

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San Marcos Day

What’s interesting about traveling is that you frequently wake up with nothing to do, or even a limited amount of things on your plate. Then, something happens and you’re gone ALL DAY. Today, the French girl happened. I met this French girl at my s...

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Something Out of Nothing

This was my first weekend at Lake Atitlan. I woke up to the normal routine – family talking at the breakfast table before dispursing to do their own things. Maria, the wife of Francisco, always makes me coffee in the morning before I head to class and to...

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Two Days, Two Sunburns

When I arrived in San Pedro last night, I asked some stoner gringo where my school was and he pointed me in the right direction. There are gringos everywhere in the main part of town… and I stress, main part of town. I’ll explain later. So, I get t...

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What A First Day

What a crazy day. Maybe one of the worst, mixed with some awesomeness… but definitely some not awesome. I’m going to call it an experience because that’s what it was and that’s what I signed up for. So, the first part of my trip I spent...

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One Way Ticket Outta Here

So today’s the day I’m finally doing it. Flying to Guatemala to do a Spanish homestay, followed by some plan-less travel in Mexico! Just the way I like it. Unlike my Costa Rica trip several years ago, I’ve planned even less this time. All I ...

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