Central America

Making tortillas from scratch in Costa Rica

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Tortillas are actually pretty easy to make from scratch, but no one ever suspects that.  So when I do decide to take the extra time to make them they are perceived as an impressive delicacy.  I mastered the art while living on an organic farm on the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains in Costa Rica, where they are as much of a staple in everyday meals as ri[...]

Getting ready for Envision Festival 2012

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Envision this: You are gently awakened by the distant sound of waves, and the near sounds of birds chirping in the trees above you. You unzip your tent and step out into a tropical wonderland. After getting dressed and drinking a morning coconut, it's time for yoga. After yoga you take  a quick swim in the ocean, grab some breakfast and then rush out to make[...]

Central America's Biggest Market

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The big native market in the town of Chichicastenango (short: Chichi) in Guatemala, is one of the most important trade markets in the whole of Central America, showing off the many unique characters of the different communities, which all express themselves through the different patterns, styles and colours of their clothing. This is where different ethnic g[...]

Semuc Champey: a picture-perfect oasis

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Blue water fountains, beautiful flowers, colourful butterflies and singing birds - that‘s how I've always imagined paradise. And one day, my idea of paradise became reality. I had been in Guatemala for about a month when we decided to take a trip to Semuc Champey - a natural resort with lots of stunning pools and ponds. photo via trek earth The turquoi[...]

Volunteering in Guatemala - supporting women in the clothing industry

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My friend Julie from France and I wanted to volunteer somewhere this summer- the only question was - where? After a comprehensive internet research we decided to go to Guatemala. Why? Because the Mayan culture of Guatemala seemed quite interesting, it was not too far from the States (where I will be studying abroad soon) and on top of that we were offered th[...]

Sailing away in the Caribbean Sea

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From Guatemala, our bus ride continued to Belize. As soon as we crossed the border we were in a completely different world: People were Black, not Latinos anymore, they all had dreadlocks and smoked cigarillos. Wooden Houses everywhere, crowded streets with people on low-seated bikes. Spanish language was replaced by Caribbean English. From Belize City we to[...]

Take my Breath away: Climbing HALF-EVEREST

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My friend Julie and I are currently volunteering for a fair trade women weaving association, which is located in Quetzaltenago (Guatemala). As we have our weekends off, we always plan some trips. Guatemala is known for its volcanoes, that´s why we decided to climb up a volcano - so why not start with the highest in Guatemala and all Central America? Yes why [...]

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