Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures


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Click on any picture to go to fullscreen.   I’m so grateful for this amazing year, and for everything I was able to experience. I’m grateful for all the people who have been a part of my life, for all … Continue reading


It’s 6:30am on a Saturday morning, and you are snug in your bed, sleeping off the imbibitions of the previous night.The distant sounds of the ocean are soothing your slightly pressurized skull. You’re dreaming of dancing salsa in the arms of a hot chico in the rain. And then this sound blasts you out of your happy oblivion:


What you are listening to, my friend, is a cover of the song “Jingle Bells”, apparently made witty by the fact that is being sung by a man imitating a dog. This charming holiday rendition is being blared from a series of horrible quality speakers on poles that are  interspersed throughout the town. Think yard speaker systems from Shawshank Redemption or Schindler’s List, or any movie with a prison/camp.

If you’ve spent any length of time in Montañita, Manglaralto, or many other villages in Continue reading

The Beast

“April! Tienes que escuchar este. Don’t freak out just listen carefully.”

“Okay, what.”

“You know where they have that construction site up the street? They laid out the cement for the supporting beams last night and then left it to dry. And now look at this picture of what they found in the cement this morning.”

Awkward silence.

“Well!? What, do you not see them? They’re footprints with 4 toes!” Continue reading