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Motivational Travel Thoughts

dsc02310In this episode, we answer some of the emails we receive. As we claim to learn a lot about ourselves in the opening and closing of each of our podcasts, many of our listeners want to know what we learn from our travels. We share a little of ourselves and the things we learn, like listening to others, accepting others beliefs and not trying to make others believe the same as we believe. We also share a story of how we learn gratefulness. So join us and share your own thoughts with us!

 

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Panama City, Panama: A Juxtaposition

Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo

Panama City is a juxtaposition of old and new. We give some interesting information on Panama City. Our visit to the indigenous tribe on the Chagres River is fun and educational. Al offers up his arm for a small native tattoo. All this and more are on this episode of Stories Faces Places. Remember to join on our website and see the pictures and videos that go along with this podcast, it’s free.

Embera Indians
Embera Indians

Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Experience

San Antonio
San Antonio

The bloody Civil War of the Republic de Guatemala ended in 1996. Twenty years later, today,  the country continues to grow and prosper. The effort to rid the remnants of war,  hangover warriors  and other ego’s that still reach for power, is helping bring back the peace and beauty that this country has to offer.

 

Oh, we felt safe, with some caution. The heavily armed security guards, and I do mean heavily armed, are posted at most restaurants and establishments. A pistol on the hip and a massive shotgun in the hands, ready to blow anyone’s head off should there be a threat is to some, un-nerving, to me, it is reassuring. He didn’t shoot me. I took it as a sign that he was on my side.

Santa Catarina
Santa Catarina

 

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is the most beautiful lake in the world, as many have said. Guatemala City is a big city worth visiting. The local people of this country will make you fall in love and want to return. The country is fighting for pure goodness. Join us on this episode of Stories Faces Places.

Panajachel
Panajachel

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Antigua, Guatemala: Your Heart Will Want to Stay

Antigua in the shadow of the Volcano
Antigua in the shadow of the Volcano

It’s rare, but once in that very unique moment, the one you least expected anything, a story, place, and a face reach up and unexpectedly take hold of your heart. It’s an act completely selfless. You feel it. You recognize it. You let it happen because something else is in control, but yet it feels so good to feel something towards another human being. There’s no anger, no sympathy, no other negative feelings to get in the way of this so good feeling. I can only attribute it to what a genuine love might feel like. I felt in complete acceptance of who I was. I felt no judgements. Most importantly, it was me that was feeling it from them. Who are them? The Guatemalan people.

Antigua Market
Antigua Market

The children will take your heart away. I’m not certain how it’s done, but it’s done. I can only guess that Mom and Dad had something to do with it. From our experiences in this beautiful town of Antigua, Guatemala, I can honestly say what I write here is from my heart as inspired and awakened by our visit to this town.

Join us on this episode of Stories Faces Places, Antigua, Guatemala as we introduce you to the wonderful people of this region of the world.

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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

dsc02140When you think Costa Rica, one thinks volcanos, rain forests, beaches, and jungles. We get into those areas in this Costa Rica Podcast.

If you’re seeking a place in the jungle and don’t like to get your hair wet, if you know what I’m saying, we grabbed a five-star, worthy of praises. It’s a great family resort set in the jungle.

dsc02155Listen in for those stories and more on this episode of Stories Faces Places. We’ve split Costa Rica into two episodes. This one is Arenal. The previous one is  the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. Click here to go to that one.

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San Jose, Costa Rica: Don’t Miss Sharing a Different Culture

“Al, I found a flight to Vietnam for only Five Hundred Forty Nine, round trip,” Laura said. “It will be a great add-on.”

We were in San Diego, California. Some how I couldn’t see Vietnam being a quick little add-on to our visit to Southern California. Knowing her passion to travel, and armed with the knowledge of her convenient excuse to find a way to get from one place not so exotic to another place very exotic, I treaded with caution. After all, the flight seemed cheap, but it was the time involved that had me on the defense.

“How many hours is the flight?” I asked with the full knowledge of my next answer.

“Fifteen hours to Hong Kong and then another 4 give or take,” she responded with the certainty that this was a done deal.

“I can’t do it,” I said and kept quiet for the next response.

After a minute had passed and still no response from Laura, I wondered. Had I used that stay silent tactic one too many times and she’s wise to it, giving me the same treatment in return?

As the silence wore on, I started to wonder who would break first. I couldn’t believe it.  I broke silence first, the pain was agonizing. I still felt confident that I had her.

“Hey, why don’t we stay closer,” I said. “What about San Jose?”

I’m thinking, great, we’ll go up the California coast, visit San Fran., and maybe jump up to Napa. With all those alternatives, I thought that this is a lock.

“Sounds great,” she said, “I’ll look into it.”

Some how, San Jose, California is spelled Costa Rica.

San Jose, Costa Rica, the once bustling Central American city where U.S. President’s, albeit from the nineteen sixties,  visited, was where we ended up. My California dreaming was over.

Arrival into San Jose leaves one, well, a little under whelmed, to say it mildly. It’s a place that has seen better days, and claims now to be on a resurgence. After an interview with one local, I became a believer. Great things are happening to San Jose.

Good or bad, I’m not sure, but just fifteen or so years ago Costa Rica was the place to which many Americans flocked. Inexpensive retirement homes was the draw. As usual with us Americans, the flock became a roar. Why can’t we ever do things slowly?  Prices quickly boomed. Then the economic crash came and housing prices have still yet to recover fully in much of Central America.  But I’m certain as we American’s do, like the proverbial bull in the shop of fine china, our insatiable appetite, I’m not talking food here, will rule. The uncontrollable desire, the fear that we may miss out on something will be in control, sending housing prices over the top again, and finally setting up the cycle to repeat itself. When are we going to learn?

Prices in restaurants at some of the tourist destinations are inflated and the quality of food is deflated. We found two restaurants worthy of praises for food quality and price.

When you think Costa Rica, one thinks volcanos, rain forests, beaches, and jungles. We get into those areas in part two of our Costa Rica Podcasts.

If you’re seeking a place in the jungle and don’t like to get your hair wet, if you know what I’m saying, we grabbed a five-star, worthy of praises.  It’s a great family resort set in the jungle.

Listen in for those stories and more on this episode and the next of Stories Faces Places. We’ve split Costa Rica into two episodes. This one is San Jose. The next one will be the Arenal Volcano area.

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World Travel Stories

Sharing Rokia with the Man on the Mountain
Sharing Rakia with the Man on the Mountain

In this episode of Stories Faces Places, we share travel stories from others. Two travel professionals share their personal travel adventures and one high energy travel pro shares a little history on the drink called the Singapore Sling.

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