CENTRAL AMERICA SERIES

One photo from each of the seven countries of Central America.  Guatemala - Two Mayan women cross the square of Santiago Atitlan. Belize - Belizean girl on Caye Caulker. El Salvador - A street dog in the central square of Suchitoto Honduras - Three Honduran boys in front of the flags of Honduras, Guatemala and... Continue Reading →

CONTRABAND HITS GUATEMALA (TRANSLATION)

It is well known that drugs, particularly cocaine, transit through Central American nations before reaching Mexican cartels and the lucrative US market.  This report, in todays edition of Mexican newspaper El Universal , shows that Central American nations are also the source and destination of smuggled goods, products which are otherwise legal.  The article investigates how... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: L-Z

Here's the second instalment of my brief Latin American food guide - this time L-Z.  It has been a bit more challenging to come up with a food for every letter here and I allowed myself some liberty.  I've enjoyed compiling the guide, I hope you enjoy reading.  Lechón: It's hard to beat roast pork,... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: A-K

Wake up each day and there is that need to put something in your stomach.  In three years travelling/living in the Americas I filled up on all of the below and much, much more.  I probably ate on the streets too much and am sure that I picked up a range of unwanted gut flora.... Continue Reading →

LAGARTIJA

I was lucky to see this creature basking in the sun at Copan Ruins in Honduras.  Incidentally lagartija (lizard) is one of my favourite words in Spanish - has a great sound to it.  Actually there are other creatures from the natural world with great sounding names in Spanish.  Murciélago (bat) and luciérnaga (firefly) are... Continue Reading →

ODE TO THE LATIN AMERICAN STREET DOG

Sans shame, you copulate under shop awnings, in parks, down alleys then trot off for post-coital taco scraps on Mexico City corners Slumbering in sunny plazas you dream while fleas run amok across your fur and screw into your rabid flesh I saw you snarl White of your eyes and unknown intentions in the streets... Continue Reading →

MOT MOT @ COPAN RUINAS

The elusive quetzal is the most fabled bird of the Mexico/Central America region.  Unfortunately the only ones that I was able to spot were on the banknotes of Guatemala, where the unit of currency is also the quetzal. The birds of the motmot family, with their colourful plumages and extended tails, are pretty spectacular as... Continue Reading →

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