Karl The Screw


Yaxha, Guatemala

I was three days into my trip, in Bangkok. I’d jumped off the cliff, in my mind, and was chasing something impossible. I found myself sitting on a curb next to Gary Arndt of EverythingEverywhere.com eating street food and listening to him give me blogging tips. Jodi of Legal Nomads had introduced us and sat on the other side.

Some of the tips held up, some didn’t — the web moves at a fast pace. But that wasn’t the point. I was a new blogger, scared and unsure, finding my footing, and the world’s biggest travel blogger was eating meat on a stick next to me and sharing tips for my dream gig.

I can’t begin to tell you how inspiring that was.

So when he offered to run a post of mine, it kind of brought it all around. Full circle.

And I’m honored and grateful. This is a tale about a character I met in Guatemala. I hope you like it:

Read it here: Mayan Ruins and Karl the Screw

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Gary Arndt January 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

It was my pleasure!


Adam Burton February 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hey Karl, just passing by here. I will be reading your adventures in Guatemala on Gary’s blog.


Sussan Morris February 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

What a wonderful experience it must have been…great work there!


Banker in the Sun February 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I think about things like that all the time – how the people we meet today might very well turn out to be the people we’re reminiscing about years later, or the people who end up influencing our lives in ways we never expected. I wonder if Hemingway and Fitzgerald and that whole crew had any idea who they’d become when they were hanging out in Paris in the 20s. You’re the Hemingway of Bangkok!


Karissa April 6, 2014 at 12:22 am

I love your ability to tell a wonderful story, such an inspiration to me as I am just beginning to dabble in travel writing.

Check out my most recent post A Pirate Invasion on my blog http://goinglost.com


wes April 6, 2014 at 6:41 am

Thanks! I love your domain name — nice turn of a phrase :)