boots on the ground

While traveling with backpack–especially when one is solo and most open to random encounters– you can meet the most fascinating people. One day I was poking around a recently-discovered Mayan archaeological site and met a young woman dressed in fatigues.

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We sat on the stones and she told me some of her story: European born, a sometimes translator for the UN in France, found herself in Central America, got involved in a resistance movement and became a smuggler of cash for their cause, among other activities. She allowed me to take a photo of her boots.

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Bye-bye

In 1994, Queen Elizabeth visited Belize for the final piece of official business of de-colonization: the removal of British troops from Belizian soil.

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Antigua, Guatemala

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My favourite fountain of Central America.

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rain or shine

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I believe the umbrella’s image is of Farrah Fawcett.

making salt

salt

advertising confusion

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Is it a whale? Is it a banana? No, it’s an airplane. Shot taken in Central America, early 90s.

Big Lady

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Somewhere in Central America, can’t recall. No idea what this was about but given the amount of dirt on her hem, she’d been there a while. Mama Mañana.