Unlike the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, the Amador Causeway, and Panama Viejo, the name Juan Diaz does not attract much attention from visitors to Panama City. Yet the township of Juan Diaz has become equally i... Read more
My family and I moved to Central American in 2000 with the idea of blue skies and sunshine. Never heard of culture shock, never imagined or dreamed there would be a problem adjusting to our surroundings because ... Read more
I was pleasantly surprised and honored to be asked to attend the AARP conference in Boston, MA just this past week, May 7th.
We had the pleasure to attend the conference and join thousands of attendees as t... Read more
Here are two contrasting characters who have crossed our path in the neighborhood. One is well-known for being homeless and without possessions, the other well-known for being the first woman from Centr... Read more
The first neighbor we met was Moises. He looked to me like a gangster at first glance, and I believe he wants the people around here to think so as well. He usually wears pointed-toe cowboy boots and a black leather j... Read more
The streets of Antigua are all stones. Some say cobblestones, but these are not well cobbled. The city is a World Heritage Site, so it m... Read more
Two of the best things about living at the Lake Chapala area have to do with aviation:
1. Through what I can only assume is dumb luck, Guadalajara International Airport was placed at the south side of that ... Read more
My Mother-in-Law, Dona Maria
It is really difficult to get to know the people around you when you don’t speak the same language. You can ... Read more
Like an aspiring knight in a medieval fairytale who had been told to bring back the egg of a fire-breathing dragon or a nascent American Indian brave who had been given the task of producing a specific feather from a ... Read more
Zaqueo hired a third friend of his from his home area named Chicalo. He was to be an “ayudante,” or assistant as they are called when they don’t have a specific trade. Chicalo ha... Read more
"Why would anybody want to build a house in a foreign country?"
That’s what I asked my friend who was buying land here in Guatemala. She was looking for a partner, and I thought she was a bit cr... Read more
"What is Hobbitenango?"
Many of my stories involve a place up the hill near us called Hobbitenango, and before I write about building my house here, I must explain what Hobbitenango is. “Tenango... Read more