Heroes, Saints, and Sinners

In a country as old as Hungary, there has been plenty of time for men of power to make their mark; be it as a hero, a saint, or a sinner. Heroes and Saints get the good press. Sinners, not so much. And of course, one man’s hero is another man’s tyrant.

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Chichen Itza

It’s a wonder.

Chichen Itza is one of the new seven wonders of the world, and once on site it’s easy to see why. The place is awesome. The scale of it; the precision, especially considering they built it over 1000 years ago, without the benefits of the wheel, metal tools, or beasts of burden; the extent of the grounds – it all adds up to something special.

So if I subject you, once again (and I promise this is the last time) to Mayan pyramids, we’re going to go out on a high note.

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Scaling A Pyramid


After scoping out pyramid after pyramid, where the local jefes sensibly kept the mobs off of their ancient relics in the interest of preservation, as well as preventing some klutz from falling and bashing their brain pans in, I finally got to climb one of them.

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The Home of Cinco de Mayo

Sure, sure, everybody knows Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to party and enjoy Mexican food and drink. Most folks know it’s not actually Mexican Independence Day, and given the real history it’s not clear how that rumor started.

But how many folks know where Cinco de Mayo went down and why?

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