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Make a Wish

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Photo by Griffin Glaze. Mexico. 2018. We’re not here long. This physical human machine our souls are trapped inside of will die out one day. The type of death that can’t be recharged. While we’re here, let’s do the best we can to make it worthwhile. Let’s do the best we can to have an energy so strong, that it creates light. To have a light...
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Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo is a small surf town on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.  There were a lot of choices for places to head to in Costa Rica and Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast was my second choice but upon arriving I can see I made a good choice (not that either of them was a bad choice).  It’s a sleepy beach town surrounded by...
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San Jose

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I only planned two days in San Jose, so one I spent in the city and the other in the surrounding countryside.  In the city I joined a walking tour to the central market, the historical area and the parliamentary buildings.  After, our guide recommended a restaurant that was known as the best in San Jose for local dishes, it did not disappoint. I would...
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San Salvador

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Flights from Belize to Costa Rica all stopped in either Guatemala or El Salvador, so I wanted to visit one for a couple days while passing though.  Guatemala seemed like the kind of place I’d go back to another time and Canadians require a visa to visit, so I chose El Salvador.  The capital San Salvador has an interesting history on the path to independence...
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Go Slow

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Spent my days in Caye Caulker abiding by the motto of the island – Go Slow.   Although there is a sign on the main road that follows with “but keep moving” which I also like.   Caye Caulker is just three roads – front, middle and back which a bunch of laneways running in between, makes for a good commute.  The main industry is tourism (followed...
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Tour D’Horizon: Mexico City

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Mexico City a cosmopolitan city filled with culture. This was my second time here, and my final home for Remote Year. The metropolis of contrast reveals the capital's history of pre-Hispanic splendor, and modern contemporary edge. Nestled in every part of the city are old school cantinas, intriguing museums, and ancient canals brimming with experiences. With so much going on it was impossible to cover...
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Island Views

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I’m sure no one would be shocked to learn that island life agrees with me.  Just some pics from around Caye Caulker…   Caye Caulker, Belize
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Spirit of Light

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I was in the middle of Mexico, and had just finished getting a massage. I felt light in spirit. I felt happy. Especially considering the fact that after the service, I was presented with the most delicious apple cinnamon tea, followed by walking outside into a piece of paradise. I appreciated it so much, because I knew it was ending soon. I wanted to take...
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First things First

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We took the ferry from Chetumal, Mexico down to Caye Caulker, Belize; stopping in San Pedro for immigration (and another passport stamp).  Once here it would only be a couple more days with my RY friends, so we quickly made plans to snorkel the barrier reef and get out to the Blue Hole. The reef was the easiest one, with about 20 different tour companies...
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Month 12: Mexico City, Mexico

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And the final destination of the year, Mexico City was beautiful.This has been, by far, the hardest blog to tackle. Before I dive into summing up the year, I’ll continue with my usual observations of the month. Mexico City was a wonderful place to end the year. While I didn’t use our workspace much, the incredibly walkable city offered many cafés to explore and felt...
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