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Cruising through Honduras

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A lot of driving but with grand stops at the Copan Ruinas and the next day at Tegucigalpa for dinner and drinks with a colleague ..it really pained me not to explore more of Honduras. But in the country with the most homicides per capita I thought it is probably a good idea not to test my luck too much and drive around too much... In fact it was a whole different idea of fun to drive through a deserted street market in Tegucigalpa at night (thanks map!).. it happened because I couldn't leave the Copan Ruinas in the morning (too epic these Mayan ruins) and had a bit of trouble finding my hotel and fighting through the capital's evening rush hour - all fun and games (until somebody starts crying), and definitely a country to come back to!
aquí hay las fotos!
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Posted by freddop 14:17 Archived in Honduras Comments (0)

Guatemala!


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after a beautiful drive through Chiapas to the bordertown of Cuauhtémoc I arrived in Guatemala. The border crossing was a breeze with exceptional friendly officials, helping me to get the paperwork done and after an hour I was on the way to Lago de Atitlán. A gorgeous lake flanked by three volcanoes where I worked a couple of days in the garden of my hotel and took the lake in (stunning!). On to Antigua, which has so much charm and is understandably a bit overrun by foreigners, who are very chilled and seem very happy to have found this place. I was debating on my first day there to hike el Volcán del Fuego, but with a bit of work becoming urgent I decided against it, sat in a nice cafe and only heard through my colleague in Japan that this very Volcano had erupted a few hours ago and that people were being evacuated. I stormed into the streets expecting Roland Emerich movie-like scenes and already imagined me barely escaping a stream of lava and saving along the way a Guatemalan family on the Jeep's backseat. But none of it, life in Antigua continued as relaxed as any day and I decided to visit my favorite Mezcaleria instead. The next morning I contemplated that it is probably not a good idea to venture into the mountains and decided it would be a good reason to continue to Honduras!
here are some photos from these days in Guatemala
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Posted by freddop 19:54 Archived in Guatemala Comments (0)

Veracruz - Tabasco - Chiapas


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awesomeness to be on the road again and seeing new parts of Mexico. Palenque y las Tierras Zapatistas were definitely the highlights of the last three days. Today pimpin' the ride Chiapas-style, i.e. raising it and adding some hardcore suspension - finetuning for when the adventure starts for realzzzz -Guatemala mañana, eso!
Here are some pictures from these three states.
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Posted by freddop 15:59 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Un año chingón en el DeFectuoso

all seasons in one day
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I can't really say that I am surprised by the fact that the 3 months, I initially thought I would stay here as a stopover on the way to Patagonia, turned into a year. But just over the last month bits and pieces started coming together that I felt if I ever want to travel the Panamericana to Patagonia - the time is NOW. I could philosophy about this - but fact is, things are coming to a nice close here and places to be discovered are calling and I feel this opportunity to just go out and wander may pass one day. I guess this has been a constant somewhat, this anxiety that opportunities are going to vanish. This feeling of missing a moment or missing out on an adventure, that an opportunity won't present itself again. I cannot deny the comfort of just staying put of not disrupting the day-to-day order, yet, few things truly get to me as much as over-predictability. Yes, security, a place to belong to are fundamental, but too much of it and too little sparks - no way, güey. I will miss quite a few people from here dearly and am sad to leave this grand city and my friends, with who I shared so many unforgettable moments, which make me burst out laughing just thinking about them - but paths always cross again if one makes an effort.
Not to continue to ramble; since this blog was supposed to be about posting what I am seeing, here are some pictures from this past year from el pinche Malinche, Playa Bonfil at Acapulco, Oaxaca, Yucatan mit Mami und Papi!, Baja California with the gang, el Chepe y las Rarámuris en las Barrancas del Cobre and of course pictures of some moments, in which I remembered to take my camera in and around el DF.

Posted by freddop 01:03 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Alrededor de Mexico!


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I will add to this album some of the things that I am seeing in and around DF!

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Mexico Lindo!

Posted by freddop 19:23 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

La Corrida de Mexico hacia la Ciudad de Mexico

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What a trip across the border and along the Pacific Coast to finally end up in Mexico City!

Here are some pictures of the way to Mexico City - will add some stories, right now just sooo involved in Mexico City - what a bustling place! here are some first pictures from the city

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Posted by freddop 17:41 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

to the border


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trying to break up a long drive we made some really nice stops in Sequioa National Park and Joshua Tree National Park - dearly needed time to play in between. if there would have only been more time to take it all in with some hikes. next time!

some 'professional tourism' snapshots

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Posted by freddop 23:46 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Santa Cruz, Sonoma and San Francisco


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after dusting off in Lake Tahoe the coast to the West continued - and finally arrived at the Pacific! Santa Cruz! a fitting place after taking a surf board across the desert for 5500 miles - if it would not have been so late... surf looked great nonetheless.
San Francisco: always splendid - hanging with Lara, picking up co-pilot number 2, too bad that I didn't take many pictures.
Sonoma with the Piness - swell!
the fun on the West coast ended with a tearful goodbye of copilot number 1.

here are the pictures

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Posted by freddop 23:36 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Burning Man!

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some video and pictures for those with patience and time..

Posted by freddop 22:58 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Utah


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pictures from the ride through Utah are here

a good trip through Utah, after a night in the brewery (news to me that they exist and even appear to be the place to be in Salt Lake City) we headed down to Arches National Park for some gourmet camping food in the desert, hiking through the heat and mountain biking Slick Rock and Porcupine Rim - something I always wanted to do - it did not disappoint!

copilot speaking: "had an amazing day on the trail with my friend - enjoyed Utah's unique nature"

so much from the Beehive State.

Posted by freddop 09:38 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park


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pictures are here

I spent very nice days in Yellowstone National Park and on my way out hiked the Grand Tetons. Encountering three bears - at safe distance, hiking down the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, wandering through the bubbling landscapes of geysers, swimming in crystal clear lakes - feeling refreshed for the desert! -in a hurry have to pick up copilot #1!
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Posted by freddop 09:42 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Black Hills, Custer, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

the far West of South Dakota


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made my way through the bikers who had descended on the area the past weekend [Sturgis is their Mecca] to indulge in more outdoor fun in the Black Hills, Custer State Park with its Spires (truly cathedral spires) - and evidence that some people are rather fond of stone carving - respect to the dedication (Mount Rushmore done after 14 years --- Crazy Horse started in 1948 and will be somewhat close to its completion in around 30 years) - but the hills also awe without carvings! fo'sure!
for pictures check
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Posted by freddop 20:44 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Badlands

Badlands National Park, South Dakota


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Photos from Badlands and some things on the way click here

The Badlands truly blew my socks off - especially after driving for 11 hours straight after which I felt one with that rattling engine of THE ride - the Badlands such rugged landscape, perfect to hike and climb and get lost in its otherworldly stone formations. Pitched my tent in the park and gazed at stars throughout the night - the Perseid Meteor shower was showering it deep through the night - got a few things of my wish list -check. (astronomy HUZZAA!)
where next? further West!
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Posted by freddop 20:22 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Madison


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how cool is Milwaukee?
the Milwaukee Art Museum with the Burke Brise Soleil is OUT there
but no peeps from Greenpoint at the abandoned Pabst brewery
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Madison also knows how to put on a show - check Wisconsin Photo Album

Posted by freddop 19:50 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Chicago


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quality time with Ralph
Lollapalooza -music abound
Lake Michigan -discussions on how to generate wind
Quality architecture
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For more Pictures click: Picasa Chicago Album

Posted by freddop 19:36 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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