Archive for ‘Living Abroad Blog’

Faces of Granada, Nicaragua

Faces of Granada, Nicaragua

Outside of a fabric store on Calle Xalteva, a main street in Granada, a mother was walking with her timid daughter.

The juxtaposition of the hot pink dress against the blue crumbling wall along with the girl’s darling shy expression and pouty lips …

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Culture Shock in Latin America

Culture Shock for Prospective Expats living in Latin America (by Leela Gill)

If you are contemplating a move out of the U.S., remember that most everything in the foreign environment  will be different, sometimes isolating.  That’s what is meant by Culture Shock.

Wikipedi defines Culture Shock as the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an …

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Moving up on shiny stairs in Comuna 13, Medellin.

For generations, the 12,000 residents of Medellin’s Comuna 13, which clings to the side of a steep hillside, have had to climb hundreds of large steps – the equilavent of walking up a 28-story building – but now they can ride the stairs.Read More >


Sitting here in limbo

Sometimes it feels like I spend half my life sitting in airports waiting for a plane. Fog delays in Bogota have kept us in the airport for hours waiting for a flight to Medellin. Luckily the waiting area is full of good people watching to keep us going. Busy toddlers being chased by watchful mom’s. …

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Tranquilo in Costa Rica


Where should I start? How about with the people. The locals are really friendly and helpful if you smile and ask them how they are before asking for a favor or directions. Ask in Spanish, even …

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Traveling to Nicaragua with TV Equipment

When I traveled to Nicaragua for HD Net’s World Report as a Cameraman shooting a documentary on Free Trade Coffee with Correspondent Greg Dobbs  several years ago, it was relatively easy to get production equipment into the country. Not so this time!

Upon our entry into Nicaragua on October 30th, 2012, I was told that I …

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A visit to San Blas Islands and the Kuna Indians


A Wonderful Cultural Experience.  Extraordinary Natural Beauty.

We jumped at the chance to go camping on the Caribbean side of Panama and to meet the Kuna Indians. The San Blas Islands form a chain of over 360 islands along the northeastern Caribbean coastline of Panama. The natural beauty is extraordinary with picture-postcard white sandy beaches fringed with …

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The People of Casco Viejo (Old Town)

Old Town consists of a fascinating mixture of plazas, parks, sidewalk cafes, renovated colonial and French neoclassical buildings that are now trendy restaurants, elegant bars, and upscale boutique hotels. There are churches, museums and palaces, along side stone ruins and dilapidated buildings.

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