In Latin America, every city I visit has a church, so I began to almost not care about any churches. In Leon, however, I visited Iglesia La Merced to climb the roof – the church is the tallest building in Centro area.
There was a boy collecting $1 before climbing the stairs. The stairway was steep and narrow. Finally, the view was clear and the wind was refreshing, but I think it was better in Leon!
@Iglesia la Merced, Granada, Nicaragua, February 13, 2018
Recently I concluded that I am a water person, instead of a mountain person. I am happy when I’m close to water. And what I enjoy about climbing a mountain is that I can see water on the ground from a high altitude.
Lake Atitlan is a big body of water so I was looking forward to it. But there are almost around 10 different lake towns to choose from. After research, I chose San Antonio Palopo because it’s a quite small town – I wanted to hear the water without too much noise from human activities. So I sat on one dock and I was just there for a while. I was trying hard to remember the whole experience and sensations for future, but I didn’t know what I could do in particular.
Out of curiosity, I stopped by Panajachel, the most touristy lake town, as I was driving to Antigua. The town was not too packed and the bustling streets with lots of food options looked actually convenient.
@lake Atitlan, Guatemala, February 7, 2018
Costa Rica is known for a variety of adventure activities in nature, but this time (my second visit to the country) my body demanded a hot spring. I was originally going to a hot spring near Liberia, but the rough gravel roads did not sound motivating. Then I remembered a place where the tour guide had taken us three years ago. Only remembering that it was near La Fortuna, I began to track it down.
@Hot spring “Rio Chollin”, La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Feb 15, 2018
My destination was Plaza Libertad, the main square in the capital city of El Salvador, San Salvador. After 5 months of traveling by car, I’ve become more comfortable with finding parking spots at the very center of a city, but this time I never expected that the Plaza would be surrounded by traditional markets.
On another note, driving through a crowded market is an unusual experience – you watch all the people around or surrounding your car, minding their own businesses, yet you are in your private area, often air-conditioned. It is like an urban safari.
@San Salvador, El Salvador, February 10, 2018
Biking through the peaceful-looking Google Headquarters with the Gbike.
@Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California – December 7, 2017
I woke up to the sound of rain in the car. When it rains, the car becomes a metal sound amplifier and I enjoy the experience.
@Portland, Oregon, US
Mt. Sentinel is also known for the giant M letter on it, which is clearly visible in downtown Missoula. It was a steep and zigzagging path with almost no trees, which allows hikers great views of the city at any angle.
@Mt. Sentinel, Missoula, Montana, US – November 15, 2017
From long before, I knew about the murals by Diego Rivera in Detroit and I was looking forward to them as I was making my way to the city.