Bhakti Power or how I had my heart blown wide open with Kirtan

The first time I’d ever experienced kirtan, I had no idea what it was.  I remember the music tugging at my heart strings, blowing past all the layers of ego and armor I’d built over the years to become “less sensitive”, until I’d reached a fully ecstatic state…. and had my heart blown wide open. I … More Bhakti Power or how I had my heart blown wide open with Kirtan

Antigua Attractions

You and your furry friend have arrived in Antigua, settled into your room, found the currency exchange, now what? Hit up the produce market (big days are mon, wed, thurs until early afternoon) for a large variety of fresh and affordable vegetables, fruit (rambutans, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, jocote, citrus). Basic counting in Spanish and “cuantos … More Antigua Attractions

Antigua Currency Exchange

The best way to exchange money in Guatemala isn’t at the ATM’s but at the bank itself. In Antigua, foreign currency is only accepted by the two banks located at the Parque Central, one is PanAmerican and it only exchanges 200$ at a time at (roughly, 1 USD=7.5 Q as of Dec 2015) while the bank on the side street that has a courtyard entrance, exchanges up to 500$ at a time and offered 7.6Q for each dollar (exchange rate inquired about within 5 minutes of each other). Both do not charge any bank fee and only require you to present your passport at the time of transaction. … More Antigua Currency Exchange

Antigua Pet Travel guide: customs and lodging

Arrival in Guatemala: the immigration official barely glanced at our passports, stamped them and motioned onwards. One thing that was quite different to other countries, they scan your bags once again after you collect them- so after you are done with the passports, you are led to drop off the bags and that’s where you … More Antigua Pet Travel guide: customs and lodging

I’ve got a one way ticket to paradise…

…or, in our case, should’ve had a one way ticket! As I’d mentioned in my overwintering options on the cheap post, I’d researched just about everything this trip except Delta airline overstay exemption policies. Here goes: I’m a planner and a prepper. My worst nightmare is showing up at the airport and finding out that something has … More I’ve got a one way ticket to paradise…

Overwintering options on the cheap

When considering our first over-wintering in a tropical country, requirements were few: -direct flight from Atlanta, GA -be reasonably priced, such as monthly rentals under 600$ and food under 400$ -easily accessible to other parts of the country by public transport -have minimum requirement for pet entry -offer a yoga or wellness-related retreat at an affordable … More Overwintering options on the cheap

Retirement overseas: dream or reality?

We’ve all been there: stuck at our routine day job, fantasizing of packing it all in and relocating somewhere tropical on the cheap, drinking margaritas and stretching the value of the dollar. Retiring or establishing a location independent business may sound attractive in places like Belize, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, but “cheap” isn’t the first … More Retirement overseas: dream or reality?