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Maps May Be Flat, but the Real World Is Round — By Jennifer Shipp
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Maps May Be Flat, but the Real World Is Round — By Jennifer Shipp

Today I have my maps and travel books spread out across the desk trying to make “solid” plans to go “somewhere”. I am keenly aware of the spherical nature of the planet when the time comes to choose a destination for our family. I’ll never see it all. How do I choose?As soon as I find a place, I think of another place that is (relatively speaking) nearby that I want to see as well. Ukraine is close to ...
If Eddie Vedder Were the Vegetable Man: In Search of a Curandero in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp
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If Eddie Vedder Were the Vegetable Man: In Search of a Curandero in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp

Enrique left Cuba because of communism. He came here for better opportunities. He is not remotely strange. He didn’t shake any rattling objects at Lydian or blow smoke on her. Sadly, there was no chanting. But according to some residents of Progreso, Enrique is a curandero. A witch. Maybe I missed a crucial piece of evidence that he dabbles in the dark arts, but the portly fellow we spoke to who wore a polo ...
Grim News in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Grim News in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Instead of buying souvenirs when we go overseas, I buy newspapers in the countries we visit. I learn little bits and pieces of languages recreationally (except for Spanish, which I’ve studied in greater depth) and the newspapers are fun to decipher, they earmark the current goings on and the photo journalism often speaks volumes in itself. Best of all newspapers are easy to carry. They don’t take up much ...
Wrought Iron Breasts and Cats Traversing Rooftops in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Wrought Iron Breasts and Cats Traversing Rooftops in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

I’m eating dates. That’s my snack of choice right now. Though they satisfy my hunger, they leave me emotionally unsatisfied. Perhaps I should have some peanut butter. Alas, there is no chocolate here that's edible for vegans. No bread. No jelly. And damn, I’m hungry.Lydian is finally feeling better. I can tell because she’s upstairs playing her guitar. A few days ago, I knew that she was still sick ...
Atenas, Costa Rica Dance, Language Classes, Taekwondo, and More… — By Jennifer Shipp
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Atenas, Costa Rica Dance, Language Classes, Taekwondo, and More… — By Jennifer Shipp

We have tried working through Su Espacio in Atenas, Costa Rica to do things like dance and yoga classes. The place is even owned and operated by a woman named “Tina” from Oklahoma. But alas, it's no use. The native Costa Ricans working there have been nothing but pleasant to talk to and work with, but Tina herself has been rather stand-offish. Unfortunately, her behavior toward us has been very similar to ...
Taking Neem for Malaria and Dengue Fever — By Jennifer Shipp
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Taking Neem for Malaria and Dengue Fever — By Jennifer Shipp

About a week ago, I read a news story talking about West Nile virus in the United States. Apparently, the West Nile virus has been particularly virulent this year. I congratulated myself for being here, in Costa Rica while the U.S. is stricken with an awful plague of West Nile (at least this is how new reports made it sound). But then, a few days ago, I read about the outbreak of dengue fever here in Costa ...
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