A City Frozen in Time

Turkish Nicosia Dec 29, 2022 Most of Nicosia is like any modern city with its bland concrete blocks and the most interesting part is the old walled city. Originally begun in the 13th century AD, the current fortified structure with its eleven pentagonal bastions date from the Venetian period of 16th century. Almost a perfect … More A City Frozen in Time

Gold Fever

San Jose, Costa Rica Jan 22, 2020 For the indigenous tribes who called this home, the death knell began with Columbus’s last voyage. Upon reaching the east coast, he dubbed it a rich coast or Costa Rica. And that was the trigger needed for the Spanish to descend in hordes. All in search of gold … More Gold Fever

The Forest at Night

Monteverde, Costa Rica Jan 14, 2020 Perched in the northwestern Costa Rica is Monteverde, a small town which has morphed into a mecca for the typical holiday-makers to Costa Rica. With its string of souvenir shops, eateries and travel agencies offering bungee jumps, Tarzan swings and ziplining, it smacks of Disneyland. But among the many … More The Forest at Night

A Park with a Bad Rap

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica Jan 12, 2020 Tour operators and guides elsewhere denigrate the Manuel Antonio park in the Puntarenas province, spouting tales of animals just this side of tame. Stories of food-snatching monkeys and others posing for photo ops abound in disparaging comments. They do however, admit the abundance of fauna here … More A Park with a Bad Rap

Package Central Osa

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica Jan 9, 2020 Starting from David, I headed to Paso Canoas to cross the border into Costa Rica. Busy land borders tend to be an exercise in patience, but this was streamlined to the point where one can do it blindfolded. With no lines at either immigration, it was the fastest … More Package Central Osa

Panamanian Highlands

Boquete, Panama Jan 6, 2020 Some kind of festival seemed to be taking place in the main plaza when Antonia and I stepped off the bus. Micky and Minnie mouse cavorted on the makeshift stage to nursery rhymes screeching through loudspeakers. Their antics were watched with rapt attention by both adults and children alike. Most … More Panamanian Highlands

Happenstance

David, Panama Jan 4, 2019 It happened once again! Running into someone whom I met in another part of the globe without having kept in touch in the interim. I suppose I should be used to it, but it takes me by surprise each time. The last time it happened was in Swaziland when I greeted … More Happenstance