Workaway and Writing

We’ve been working at a hostel in Puerto Escondido for the last week though Workaway. It’s a place for hosts who have some type of business and want volunteers to help them. The host provides accommodation. Some provide meals as well. Here, there’s not much to do; bathrooms, sweeping, and some painting and art projects around. At night, I have a lot of time to write. I’ve been staying up way too late to take advantage of those quiet hours.

Blogging Backwards

For the first month of our trip, I have had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind: Jimmy, you should be writing about this and posting it. But more often than not, some other activity comes up, or a bus ride lulls me to sleep, and the post goes unwritten.

Before I started my proofreading course, I thought I wanted to leverage Among the Stones to generate income. Now that I’m learning new skills that I can use to work remotely, I’m free to use this space as it was intended; my own space, for me, about whatever I want, in solidarity with the open and decentralized web.

So in an effort to unburden myself from the posts I haven’t written about Mexico City, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Cuernavaca, and Oaxaca, here are some of the unwritten posts.

  1. Exploring Condesa: Condesa and Colonia Roma are two beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods in the middle of Mexico City.
  2. Art for Everyone: Museo Soumaya: Carlos Slim’s art museum named after his late wife, Museo Soumaya features beautiful sculptures of Auguste Rodin, landscapes of Venice, an unfortunate Asia in Ivory exhibit, and other contemporary works.
  3. An Open letter to ADO: We’ve logged a total of 63 hours in bus transport this month. ADO is a major bus company. I intended to write them an open letter about their peculiar movie choices1 and their liberal use of air conditioning in the middle of the night.
  4. Cafes de Olla in Oaxaca: Move over Piñon Coffee, Cafe de Olla is my new favorite drink.
  5. Ultimate Frisbee in Cuernavaca: My good friend Brandon lives in Cuernavaca and took me to his Ultimate Frisbee practices. It was exhausting but fun.

We are in Puerto Escondido on the Oaxacan coast staying in a surf hostel with very nice people. Today, we got a request on Work Away to stay at a different hostel a few blocks down and work for our room and board.


  1. Bottom of the barrel discount licenses on British movies