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Camino de Santiago journal: the walking part

  “I should have taken the Camino more seriously,” said the middle-aged man from the US West Coast. “I should have trained more. I’m disappointed with myself.” I met the guy in the crowded albergue (a hostel for pilgrims) in Mérida about a week into the pilgrimage. He was tired and slightly injured and was […]

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Camino journal: truckin’ on

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Wisdom from the Maya

  By 9am I was waiting for the bus back to Mérida. “En cinco minutos.” Time enough to run to the corner store for a Nescafé. Among the small group of locals waiting for the bus was a man with two bulging plastic bags. He was of indeterminate age and unremarkable appearance. He struck up […]

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A day at Chichen-Itza

  Chichen-Itza, the renowned Maya ruin and UNESCO World Heritage site was only a couple easy hours by bus from my hotel in Merida.  I walked a few blocks from the bus stop to the pleasant, affordable, family-run Posada Oldalde in Pisté, which is the gateway town to the ruins. I decided stay for two […]

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Semana Santa in Merida, Mexico

  Of all the liturgical extravaganzas in the church year, Semana Santa (Holy Week) takes pride of place. And no one celebrates Semana Santa like the Hispanic world. So I was building up my knee calluses in anticipation of some hard-core churchgoing while I was in Mérida. Since a church is rarely more than a […]

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