Monthly Archives: March 2011


Happy Birthday to me. Normally, in Guatemala, you get woken up at the crack of dawn on your birthday by loud birthday music (the birthday song, serenades, etc.) and exploding bombas. I got to witness this at my host family’s … Continue reading

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“I have letters for you from the states!” Gasps. Giggles. Cheers. “And today we’re going to write back to your penpals.” Muttering. “In english!” Scared gasps. Screams. Protestations. I never claimed to be an english teacher. But when I met … Continue reading

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Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, Mardi Gras… they all refer to the seventh Tuesday before Easter, one day prior to Ash Wednesday which kicks off lent (as a non-churchgoer I actually just wikipedia’d all of this…). Around these parts, … Continue reading

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50 Years

“Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live … Continue reading

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