Alfredo Goes to Oman

Alfredo Sanchez traded in his Spanish ways for those of the Middle East. No longer does he need to greet others with “¿como estas?”. A-sallam-alai-kum is more appropriate. Alfredo’s been to these parts before over the past two years where he lived and worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With his new work contract,…

¿Pura Vida o Vida Pura?

Pure Life — It’s the phrase that sums up Costa Rica. In Spanish it’s vida pura, because the adjective ‘pura’ goes after the noun. However, in Costa Rica, the Ticos and Ticas say Pira Vida. I even saw a store’s sign that read Pura Vida, so I think it works both ways. Though I’m thoroughly…

WASP? (auf Deutsch)

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LacaLaw2 Portugal ist schön. Es gibt Gebäude mit Wänden, von denen man erwarten würde, dass sie mit Farbe bedeckt sind. Kannst du dir das vorstellen? Denken Sie an die Fliesen, die Sie in Ihrem Badezimmer haben, und an Bilderfassaden, die mit ihnen bedeckt sind. Das ist Lissabon. Stellen Sie sich dann kleine quadratische Blöcke vor,…

Breakfast in Cuba

In 2017, I visited Cuba twice and stayed with the same family both times. I paid to stay with them. This is a customary practice in Cuba. Homes that rent rooms to guests are called ‘casa particulares’. For an extra fee I was served breakfast each morning that included fresh fruit, eggs and cheese, bread,…

El Pueblo de Ronda

I had been on the journey to Malaga for two hours when I pulled into the gas station to fuel up. I had my sights on seeing the waters off the southern coast of Spain when I looked at my cellphone to check the distance I had to cover before I would arrive. I only…

Oh-Man! Oman Was Cool.

Yup! Oman was cool because the culture and people were unlike any I had encountered in the Middle East. Coming from the most conservative country in the region, Saudi Arabia, I was surprised to find a Muslim country that did not require its citizens follow strict rules of conduct. Long Name:Sultanate of Oman Location:Middle East…

WASP?

Deutsche Übersetzung Klicken Sie hier https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LacaLaw2 Portugal is beautiful. There are buildings with walls that you’d expect to see paint on that have been tiled over. Can you imagine that? Think of the tiles you have in your bathroom and picture building facades covered in them. That’s Lisbon. Then imagine small square blocks used to…

Tarifa to Tangiers

Seeing Africa for the first time from Spain’s southern most city, Tarifa, was one of the little treats I enjoyed today. I also mourned the loss of Anthony Bourdain, in my own way, and celebrated his life by continuing to explore parts unknown in much the same way I imagine he would. I rode a…