About Jennifer Choban

Seasoned traveler, avid reader, over-eater, clumsy but determined hiker, nascent piano player and wannabe Spanish-speaker.

Guanajuato – Vertical City

Guanajuato – Vertical City

No towers or sky-scrapers loom above.  I know of no elevators and can’t think of a building that has more than five floors.  Yet I live in a vertical city.  Guanajuato spills colorfully down the sides of a canyon.  The streets, “callejones” wind up and down with labyrinth-like unpredictability.  It’s beautiful, enticing and sometimes challenging. […]

I Hate Shopping for Gear

I Hate Shopping for Gear

Easy to pack, light-weight, but warm- I really like the silk long johns from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).  They have high quality products and an unbeatable, sometimes unbelievable, return policy.  But when I checked the shelf at the store in Hillsboro there were only small and medium sizes available.   Empty space on the rack indicated […]

Failing their Feet – The Traveler’s Big Mistake

Failing their Feet – The Traveler’s Big Mistake

I’ve seen so many travelers like her she’s almost an archetype.  She is youth in all its glory, long blonde hair, radiant tan. Her face beams with life, excitement, curiosity. Looking at her I feel a mix of emotions:  happiness to see a young person out traveling the world, nostalgia because I was young once […]

Best of the Maya Part VI: What Happened?

Best of the Maya Part VI: What Happened?

What Went Wrong? The 64,000 cocoa question (for a time the Maya used chocolate as currency!) is what went wrong? What caused this highly developed, safisticated and scientific culture to collapse? Scholars have proposed various theories all of which cluster around themes strikingly familiar to contempary times; overpopulation, war, overtaxing of the environment, drought. Its […]