Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Solid Business Plan

Today I bought my first piece of furniture. I had been meaning to go into the nearest bigger city for weeks to buy shelves or a dresser or something to finally get my clothes out of my suitcase. But the … Continue reading

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The Three Goals and Me, Part II

If you missed it: Part I The first goal (the one about providing skilled men and women to countries that ask for them) is definitely the most straightforward of the three goals of Peace Corps. It is the only one … Continue reading

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Feliz Acción de Gracias (Happy Thanksgiving)

In case you were worried, I will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in Guatemala. The volunteers of the Oriente are getting together for a traditional dinner – the host even went to so far as to procure a real, live turkey … Continue reading

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My First Feria

To say ferias are a big deal here in Guatemala would be a gross understatement. They are big, they are bright, they are loud. I thought I saw a good deal of revelry for Independence Day, but the greasy pole … Continue reading

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Packing Revisited

I noticed today on my blog dashboard that one of the searches that had lead someone to my blog consisted of the words “Guatemala peace corps packing list”. And I felt bad that someone, who is clearly part of the … Continue reading

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Guatemaltecos

I’ve never met this man before, the father of my host mother, but here I am, sitting awkwardly in his home as my host mom chats with her mother. He looks at me intently. Just three months ago this kind … Continue reading

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Remembering What’s Important

I know most of you read my blog to hear about my latest camioneta misadventure or to simply make sure that I’m still surviving this strange journey amongst cowboys and volcanoes, but I’d like to take this opportunity to give … Continue reading

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The Curse of The Pause

Oh, Spanish. It continues to frustrate and delight. Sometimes, I surprise myself with my ability to stumble through a conversation and I celebrate the fact that I correctly used pronouns and managed to keep the masculine and feminine words straight. … Continue reading

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Poco a Poco

You guys, adjustment is hard. And, I know, I’ve already told you about some of the things that I’ve had trouble wrapping my head around, but the list just keeps growing. So here we go, round two! Female Style in … Continue reading

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Día de Todos Santos in Four Easy Steps

So while all of you were donning costumes and gorging yourselves on delicious candy I was celebrating Día de Todos Santos (All Saints Day). Some of you may be thinking “Cool, sugar skulls!” (at least, that’s what I thought) Wrong. … Continue reading

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