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Michael Bartolomei
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I am a writer. I am a traveler. And I never know what's next.
I am a writer. I am a traveler. And I never know what's next.

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The Iguana War
I am at war with an iguana. It lives in my house. Or I live in its house. At this point I am not really sure. It is ancient and slow. It should have become tamale stuffing long ago. And yet, I cannot get rid of it. I have tried. I have gone to great, embarr...
The Iguana War
The Iguana War
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An Overdue Conversation
I am sitting on a stool lazily spinning a coaster atop a
rounded wooden bar. You cannot see my face and hesitate unsure if I am
daydreaming or need to be left alone. The space around us is smudged and dark
like a pencil drawing haphazardly erased. There is ...
An Overdue Conversation
An Overdue Conversation
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Waiting and Reminding Myself to Wait
There is part of me that hates to wait, that wants answers
and action now. There is part of me (the stronger part) that trusts in the
mystery of timing, the so far faultless truth that what is right will reveal
itself with suddenness and feel like it had be...
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My latest travel story. This one is about a volunteer project with unexpected ups and downs. Enjoy.
http://www.michaelbartolomei.com/2016/11/the-time-we-accidentally-volunteered-to.html

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The Time We Accidentally Volunteered to Deforest the Amazon
Fat bellied Alfredo piloted our skiff down the Beni River
shouting undecipherable words over oven baked winds. His wife Benita sat two
rows ahead burbling stream-of-consciousness nothing. Only Lorenzo could be
heard—Lorenzo the bright green parrot—Lorenzo t...
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Machu Picchu the Hobo Way
Machu Picchu can be an expensive pre-booked affair that
leaves you feeling herded, harried and lost beneath a canopy of selfie-sticks,
but it doesn’t have to. There is a better way—a hobo way. Here is how my
friends and I went from Cusco to the top of Machu...
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Notes from the Land of Adventure
Every traveler faces moments when the bumps and bruises
threaten to overwhelm the wonder of it all--because it isn’t always wonderful. We
live for the great moments and the fullness of our adventures in retrospect and
while it is always the road that brings...
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It's Like Joe Cocker Said
The shine wore off at an island along the Mexican
Rivera. It was supposed to be paradise, and maybe it was, but while I was there
it was nothing but flooded roads and marauding mosquitoes descending in
blood-seeking clouds. Not that it mattered; I was in be...
It's Like Joe Cocker Said
It's Like Joe Cocker Said
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Tell the Truth, Teacher
Music bursts from trumpets and horns. I don't know the song but
the sound is the sound of Mexico. The musicians are beneath a raised gazebo
protected from the rain that has just begun to fall. It is a misty thankful
rain that chases no one away. An old man ...
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Lulling
April 17 th my parents arrive. May 8 th I fly into Mexico City. These are the dates I’m drifting toward. Because my
focus is on the future I’ve been letting stories come and go. To me this is a
time between adventures, an inevitable lull in a long travel ta...
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