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Archive for January, 2008

Mexico City redux

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

After a full month in Mexico and Central America, we are outta’ here — heading even further south, on to the other side of the equator and Buenos Aires, Argentina, via a 12 hour layover in Mexico City. See how things have changed in just a month at Mexico City in today’s photo gallery.

Movies on the Road: Making the Best of an Awkward Situation

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

We’ve been on the road for a month now, passing through six countries, and we’ve slept for at least a night in eleven different cities and towns. Between stops, we have been on innumerable buses, each offering anywhere from one to three movies to distract from the hours of monotony. Mediocre is probably the best way to describe them as a whole, but a few gems stand out. On the off chance that you wanted a more in depth review, or are thinking of bussing through Central America yourself, here’s a run down of the types of films you can expect:


The rainforests of Costa Rica

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

At long last we made it to the rain forest just a half hour outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. Enter the depths of the rainforest in today’s photo gallery.

Riding the waves in Jaco

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

We hit up Costa Rica’s Pacific surfer town, Jaco, and ply the waves on a surfboard for our very first attempt at surfing. Grab a board and ride the waves in today’s photo gallery.

San Jose 2, LongJaunt 0

Monday, January 28th, 2008

As it turns out, the most traveler friendly city in Central America is proving to be LongJaunt proof. After another disappointing day, we drowned our sorrows in some local beer. Check out these pictures as we hit rock bottom in San José…

Busing Between Cultures

Monday, January 28th, 2008

It is around 9:45, and I am perched on the edge of a bus seat, two fellow passengers to my left and three to my right. Thushan and I are on a “chicken bus”—an exciting term for what actually amounts to a yellow school bus that occasionally also transports live chicken, but even then, usually on the roof—headed to Guatemala City from Panajachel, a lake town that has volcanoes like New Zealand has sheep.

Late for our connecting bus to El Salvador, we’re somewhere in the mountains north of the city and it’s foggy, or maybe cloudy. Either way, there is about three feet of visibility, and our driver decides to pull one of the usual bus driver moves here: passing in a no passing zone. Even under normal conditions, this can be quite nerve wracking, given that it’s usually done at unsafe speeds on mountain cliffs, but I generally give them the benefit of the doubt since they act like they know what they are doing. In this case, however, I truly think I might die. (more…)

The Count: Spending a bit more than we’d like

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Our average rose to $30 a day as we bolted through the rest of Central America during our fourth week on the road. While we were able to keep food costs down, our travel and lodging costs rose significantly with numerous coach bus rides to get through five countries, quickly and in comfort. (more…)

Down but not out, in San José

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Our arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica was a bit rocky. The city was manageable and clean, and has quite a tourist presence. Come with us as we walk through a quiet downtown, lose some important possessions, and generally have a rough day…

Saying goodbye to Isla Ometepe

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

After a magical few days on this volcanic island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, it was time to say goodbye. We caught a queasy ride back to the mainland and set our sights on the Costa Rica border. Check out our day of travels by sea and over land in this gallery…

Hiking up Volcan Maderas

Friday, January 25th, 2008

We ascend, then descend Isla de Omitepe’s oldest volcano, Maderas, and step into a “Lord of the Rings” like world. Slogging through mud, rain forests, rocky scrambles are all on the slate for today. Make your hike up Maderas in today’s photo gallery.

About LongJaunt Equal parts lighthearted jaunt and in-depth journey, this intimately documented trip around the world has one goal: to bring you along for the ride.

Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.