Cole Auringer's Travel Journals

A travel journal is a collection of journal entries that make up a trip. Travel maps, blogs, and photo albums are organized by your trips so you its easy to look through your past travels and keep your current ones together.

A Kootenay Trip

A Kootenay Trip

Last Updated: Feb 9th, 2007

My travels in far off lands are over. A few weeks ago I came home to Nelson wishing I had stayed, but wanting to fully experience the "Kootenay Lifestyle". 

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Sweating like a hostage

Sweating like a hostage

Last Updated: Jan 29th, 2007

A long bus trip took Ross and I to Liberia, then 3 buses later and the back of a pickup brought us to Tamarindo, our home for Christmas. Tamarindo was interesting. Plenty of parties, bars, and beach. The surf in Playa Grande was very good and people there were sparce. I surfed everyday and did my best to keep cool in the heat of the day. Christmas and my birthday was a blast but the scene soon got tiresome and we left for an eventful x-country trip to Malpais, and Santa Teresa. Life here was much more in tune to my style. Laid back and plenty of good people. Our hostel was big and user friendly, the surf was a little bigger and the parties were alright. I could have stayed for longer but the trip was coming to an end so checked out the likes of La Fortuna and Monteverde. It was a nice break from the heat. 

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El Salvador, and Costa Rica

El Salvador, and Costa Rica

Last Updated: Jan 24th, 2007

This is basically the part of the trip where the sun called out and said, "Young man, come and sit in the sand and play in the surf, drink beer and Flora de Canya, swing in a hammock and read books. You need to chill hard", and I said "ok", and thats what I did and it was good.

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Guatemala

Guatemala

Last Updated: Jan 17th, 2007

Guatemala was beautiful, cheap, and the people were friendly. We met a plethora of people from all parts of the globe and spent the most time with 5 B.C. forefighters, 2 Swedes, an Aussie, and a Kiwi. Highlights are numerous, but Semuc Champey definitly sticks out as a fond memory, as does the week on Lago Atitlan. 

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 Belize

Belize

Last Updated: Jan 15th, 2007

After touring around a bit of the Yucatan  we decided it was time to chill hard, and what better place than Ceye Caulker Belize. Rastas, 1 Barrel, Lobster, Chicken and Rice Creole style. Saw some amazing coral reefs, and swam with sting rays. Its hard not to dig the Carribean lifestyle.

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From Monterrey to Campeche

From Monterrey to Campeche

Last Updated: Nov 26th, 2006

It took us a while to leave the big city. We had a good place to stay and a mom that would cook for us everyday even if we said no. Managed to get away to Real de Catorce (where they filmed some of the movie The Mexican) It was a cute little town with more tourists than we´d seen in all of the north. It is also a sacred place for the Huachole peolpe (indigenous) and is an important peyote ingesting site on part of their yearly trip around Mexico. So needless to say many people go to the desert and then up by bus to Real, and further onto the sacred monuments in the mountains. From Real we headed back to Monterrey for Haloween. Went to a Royalos football game. It was quite the experience. The fans were fanatic and whenever we´d score a goal they would run down the stadium stairs to the edge and back up again, a group of the more serious Royalos did not stop jumping and chanting until the game ended. Spent Halloween night at a friend Allan´s house. There was a big party with plenty of good costumes and agua loco ( mezcal and rice water).

From Monterrey we drove to Guanajato, San Miguel, then to the small town of Xilitla. Xilitla is home to the infamous sureal art of Edward James called Las Pozas. From the early 60s he spend 25 years creating concrete structures inspired by the lush jungle of the Sierra Madre mountains. There were 9 bathing pools, waterfalls, and kilometres of stairs throughout the jungle landscape.

From Xilitla it is only a short 34 hour bus trip to Campeche on the Yucatan Peninsula. There was plenty of parties, ruins, fishing. and sights to keep us occupied for a week. After experiencing a Mexican rodeo, and a horse race along side the Govener of the State of Campeche, we made our way to Belize..........

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