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Prophecies: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
MexicoNorth America

Prophecies: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

It doesn't really matter, but I am and we all are, like this place with its winding streets and dark corridors. The pulsation of life, loud and raucous with regular strains of peaceful interludes. Tiendas with small buckets of floral flavored honeys hidden behind boxes of pencils and motor vehicle parts. Gutted buildings waiting to be occupied by life and love. Pristine gardens teetering on the brink of a ...
Central AmericaCosta RicaNorth America

Culture Shock and Adopting Kids Abroad

There are five more days left of our Costa Rican experience and every morning right now I wake up with the same thought: I can’t wait to go home.  I have many many other very complicated thoughts and emotions that tangentially relate to this main thought, which has caused me to become…mentally constipated. I honestly don’t know where to start and a big part of me just wants to focus on going home and stop ...
Alajuelan Monkeys — By Jennifer Shipp
Central AmericaCosta RicaNorth America

Alajuelan Monkeys — By Jennifer Shipp

The distinction between traveling and tourism is an important one and it’s easy when you’re one or the other to get caught up in what’s happening on the other side. No matter what, when I travel, my experiences become the fabric of my daily life, but traveling or touring is meant to elevate me somewhat out of the patterns that are familiar to me. The fact that my experiences traveling become woven into what ...
What Happens at the 2 Week Mark of a Long Trip… — By Lydian Shipp
Central AmericaCosta RicaNorth America

What Happens at the 2 Week Mark of a Long Trip… — By Lydian Shipp

So today at lunch, something rather strange struck me. I was homesick. Here I am in Costa Rica, taking classes I’ve never taken before in my life, learning Spanish through my mistakes, and enjoying the beautiful plants, and I’m homesick. Before we came here, right after we booked the tickets, we were given an offer online of travel insurance. This travel insurance is where if you decide to leave later, come ...
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