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Flat waves in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and my new Argentinean and Costa Rican friends' floodlights inspire a humid summer night…

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Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons

Learn how to surf in Venice, California with an experienced Hawaiian instructor.

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Language Exploration

Tutoring for travel

Learn to speak another language fluently, it never ceases to enhance my travel experiences

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Travel Log #4 - Day 3

So after the most unexpected rager I have ever been to, well hmmm... There was that one time in Moorea , in the Tahitian island chain where the entire island showed up and everyone was fighting, making up and drinking then fighting again, but that's a completely different story...

Digressions aside, waking up the following morning in "El Coreano's" Mexican made vehicle in the fetal position with flies buzzing around my head powerfully drilled the reality of our situation into me. We were smack dab in the middle of the Baja desert at a car junkyard atop a real cemetery. Sam at least had the right idea sleeping in the backseat with the door open so his feet could dangle outside. I felt sort of ridiculous periodically slapping myself in the face attempting to nail the pesky flies. Sam seeing this ludicrous spectacle subtly slipped off to grab the camera and film me. Very amusing.....

Travel Log #3 - Day 2

We woke up early and filled up on gas next door to the Baja Cactus for the first time in Mexico. The truck was still there. Everything seemed cool. The truck was running a little hot, so we pulled over and put some more coolant in the engine. We filled up again at a remote gasolinera shortly before arriving in San Ignacio , a picturesque oasis town located roughly 700 miles south of the border. We had covered a decent amount of ground in 2 days.

Upon arriving in San Ignacio we pulled over and went for a brief dip to cool off. It felt amazing to wash away the day's dust. There were literally thousands of Mexicans there for a pueblo wide celebration. I found out later that the majority of the people happened to be in town for the annual fiesta from towns up and down the vast Baja coast.

Travel Log #2 - Day 1

Sam and I left my friend Paul Hudson's house in San Diego this morning and entered Baja , Mexico via Tijuana . We paid a little over $100 for Mexican Auto Insurance (always get insurance, I'll explain why later) for a period of 20 days. We also paid $30 for a vehicle entry permit and $20 each for tourist cards.

Yesterday we paid about $800, on tune ups, parts, etc... Actually more than a grand when you factor in fixing the clutch as well. This paltry sum is nowhere what I paid to maintain the truck over the past 3 years of ownership. Whatever, at least we are finally off!!! The drug dealer chick Erica who we had intended to be our filmer pulled out last minute fortunately. Although it sucks we're out a filmer, it is definitely for the best. She was delusional...

Travel Log #1: Hitting the Road

Initially we started off in Los Angeles where I spent about a month staying with friends after graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz . I wish I could look back and say "yep, as soon as I finished my last class at U.C Santa Cruz I hopped in my truck and drove to South America." Truth be told though, I didn't. It isn't easy to get everything you need together to undertake such a protracted road trip. It takes A LOT of planning, and just when you feel you have everything ready, fixed and accounted for some unforeseen problem presents itself causing you to have to wait even longer. Throw in a couple of travel partners (I did) and things only get more complicated....

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