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Las Vegas to San Francisco (1 to 9 February 2020)

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the 400-pound woman perched in front of a slot machine, oozing bum-flesh off her stool as she balanced a cocktail and cigarette in one hand and robotically…

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Oaxaca and Pueblos Mancomunados walk (25 to 31 January 2020)

It’s been almost five years since we were in Oaxaca, and the gentrification that’s occurred in the interim is remarkable.  We remembered it as a scruffy, slightly grungy place with lots of food carts and…

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Xela to Lake Atitlan hike (20 to 24 January 2020)

Quetzaltenango – commonly shortened to Xela (pronounced ‘shell-a’) – is Guatemala’s second largest city, but with only 167,000 people, it doesn’t feel big.  It doesn’t have a lot of tourist sights, but it’s central area…

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Lake Atitlan (14 to 19 January 2020)

“Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of the permissibly picturesque, but Atitlan is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes, it really is too much of a good thing.”  (Beyond…

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Antigua (10 to 14 January 2020)

Antigua Guatemala means “Old Guatemala”.  The city was established by Spanish conquistadors in 1573 as the third capital of Spanish-controlled Guatemala.  The first and second capitals had been abandoned due to constant Mayan uprisings and…

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