Monthly Archives: December 2010

A New Year

(It’s a little bit early, but seeing as how I will be ringing in el Año Nuevo at the incredible Lago Atitlan with fellow volunteers sin [without] computer, I figured it’d be best to post now.) I’m not really a … Continue reading

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Big Day for the Muni

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of Guatemala: And, the Primera Dama (First Lady)! They came today to mark the beginning of a program called Mi Familia Progresa (My Family Progresses, basically) in the municipality (though most people tend to call … Continue reading

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Feliz Navidad

‘Twas the day before Christmas and I’m still in Guatemala. Yesterday was so warm I was sweating, not that I had forseen a white Christmas anyway. We won’t be having turkey or Christmas ham – tamales are on the menu. … Continue reading

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Last week was the inauguration of the OMM (Oficina Municipal de la Mujer aka Women’s Office). This is the office I am technically assigned to work with and had been sitting around for a full month before anyone told me … Continue reading

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The tacuazin has come up often in conversation during my first few months in Guatemala, both in San Antonio and here in site. “They found a huge Tacuazin and a whole bunch of baby Tacuazines under my mom’s house today!” … Continue reading

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Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil)

Yesterday marked another Guatemalan first – my first Day of the Devil! You may be wondering what this scary sounding event entails. Mainly, and not surprisingly, lots of fire. And actually, not much more than fire. Everyone piles up refuse … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs

Current volunteers said that there would be ups and downs throughout this experience, but that the ups and downs in the first few months would be a veritable roller coaster. They weren’t lying. In fact, some days I question my … Continue reading

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