Another Day in Paradise: Living in the Aloe Cabañas of Puerto Escondido

Another Day in Paradise: Living in the Aloe Cabañas of Puerto Escondido

Though my initially tired, hungry impression urged otherwise (I tend to be somewhat grouchy by the time I come out the other end of twenty-four hours of airplanes and airports), my home for the next month – the Aloe Cabañas – has turned out to be a charming place. I don’t quite have the layout…

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Shipwrecked by the Tides of Oaxaca: Traveling Alone vs. Traveling with a Partner

Shipwrecked by the Tides of Oaxaca: Traveling Alone vs. Traveling with a Partner

The first time I came to Puerto Escondido I scalded my thigh with a pot of boiling water, leaving an open wound roughly the size and shape of one of those dinosaur eggs from Jurassic Park. It happened just a few days into a two-month stay, and suddenly I was living in the tropics as…

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How to Drive In Spain Part I: A Tale of the Terrible Things We Do to Cars

How to Drive In Spain Part I: A Tale of the Terrible Things We Do to Cars

I went with a late model Audi A4. The man at the rental agency seemed surprised at my selection, that I would choose the manual Audi over the automatic and perhaps more luxurious Mercedes, but I did so for two reasons. First, because I had written a number of Audi advertisements but had never actually…

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How to Drive In Spain Part III: Stray From the Path (Fall In Love Often)

How to Drive In Spain Part III: Stray From the Path (Fall In Love Often)

When you’re on the road, it can be all too easy to become fixated on the destination to the detriment of the journey. There are some landscapes – some wastelands – where this is perfectly acceptable. Places where you blast through barren fields, the speedometer dipping below 90 (we’re talking miles per hour now) only…

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How to Drive In Spain Part IV: Trust the GPS Until You Can No Longer Trust the GPS

How to Drive In Spain Part IV: Trust the GPS Until You Can No Longer Trust the GPS

The first time I drove through Spain it was before GPS was a thing. I believe we were still on Mapquest back then. For those of you who are too young to remember, that meant using half a printer cartridge worth of ink to run off a series of maps and directions that would pile…

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How to Drive In Spain Part V: Always Get Coverage (Through the Rental Company)

How to Drive In Spain Part V: Always Get Coverage (Through the Rental Company)

When I spoke with the rental agent some hours later he sighed and asked if I had insurance. I did! And he told me there would be no problem. He clacked on his keyboard then informed me that there was a problem. The insurance had been purchased through Expedia, not through the rental agency, so…

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