Leah Wolf

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I am a non-practicing psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I will be working towards licensure after our travels. During our journey through Mexico and Central and South America I’m exploring other cultural and community value systems and environmental and relational dynamics that influence mental health and happiness. I am also writing a book about anger. The book includes research collected throughout my clinical and academic studies in psychology, as well as personal thoughts and life experiences as a heavy metal musician, and other's thoughts on and/or experiences with anger.

Power to the People

“Expect the unexpected, and you’ll be fine.”  This is common advice for people embarking on an overlanding expedition through South America.  It would be true for any adventure that involves a lot of driving, but it’s especially true when traveling in less developed countries where laws and regulations can be non-existent and infrastructure and resources […]

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Finding Pachamama

Sometimes we need to lose ourselves in order to find ourselves again.  This was the beautiful reminder Peru gifted us.  It wasn’t the friendly elbow reminder one receives from a forgiving stranger; it was the familiar whisper from the far reaches of the universe that grows steadily into an impatient (yet loving) KONK on the […]

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Overlanding the Middle of the World

Sometimes we find ourselves measuring the distance of our journey by the amount of border crossings we have completed; other times by the amount of time that has gone by.  But there is no measuring magic, like the magic that happens when we cross that invisible territory line and are once again teleported into a different world.  […]

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The Bardo State

In Buddhist philosophy there is a liminal space in “time” called the Bardo State.  In the most basic, literal sense it is the gap of time between the death of one life and the incarnation of another.  In general terms it is what happens during any transitional state when something is still in between two […]

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The Richness of Costa Rica

In Spanish Costa means ‘coast’ and Rica means ‘rich, delicious and/or tasty.’  Costa Rica was by far a rich coast that was hard to rival.  Comparing the countries we had been to and the experiences we’d had in them had been like comparing mangos to papayas, or Tres Leches to Tiramisu.  It has been hard to pick […]

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Pura Vida

In Spanish, Pura Vida means ‘Pure Life.’  When it came to Costa Rica, this country’s motto did not fall short.  While in Costa Rica we got a taste of it.  From the local Ticos, environment, and wildlife – all the way to its coffee and food, Costa Rica served up bottomless pure life. All forms of life […]

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Welcome to the Jungle

Costa Rica is known for its diverse and rare wildlife, so we figured this would be one the best areas to focus our energy while spending time here.  Our first landing in the country consisted of exploring trails in the jungles and cloud forests of Santa Elena near the Monteverde region.  On our first excursion […]

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Don’t Go There. It’s Not Safe. You’ll Die.

The last time we were in Nicaragua we flew in just as Tropical Storm Nate was preparing to make its surprise visit.  We arranged to have an adventure-themed wedding at the Mango Rosa Adventure Travel and Surf Resort, where we had our first adventure together.  We wanted our guests to experience Nica as we first […]

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To Be Real

Guatemala struck movement in the depths of my soul, similar to the low rumble of the active volcanos that have surrounded us.  I knew that we would witness much poverty, and what many would classify as oppression.  I knew that at times my heart would feel pressed between a pair of vice grips, and that […]

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Diving Into the Deep

One of the several reasons we chose to spend some time in Belize was to get my PADI dive certification, so Karl and I could dive together in the future.  While I absolutely love the ocean, I am at the same time terrified of it.  A large part has to do with not being a […]

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