Monthly Archives: February 2011

My Brain Huuuuurts


Sunday evening I arrived in San Pedro after 28 hours of nonstop travel. That is not a typo. And most of it went more smoothly than expected. There is not a sense of urgency in Guatemala; the bus may or … Continue reading

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AFP Corrections


Well, that didn’t  go as expected. Turns out jaguars have no interest in eating peoples. They prefer monkeys. Who knew. This is the beginning of dry season. We only had three people in our group, all of whom returned safely. … Continue reading

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Grammar Lesson: Anticipatory Future Perfect™


As you may or may not know, I read grammar books for fun. Wait! Don’t unsubscribe! This will be muy, muy interesante. I write this from the comfort of my kitchen, cozy with a cup of tea in hand, indoor … Continue reading

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On a Slow Bus to NowHere


If you’re reading this automatic entry I have arrived in Guatemala and perhaps: a) am having too many adventures to create a fresh entry. b) there are no computers in this God-forsaken place. c) have been kidnapped and am enjoying … Continue reading

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Arrival and Departure


24 FEBRUARY 2011 GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA — Flying into Guatemala City you pass over sculpted mountains as far as you can see. It feels like entering the airspace of a topo map : brown fields yearning for crops, lush greenery … Continue reading

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The Incredible Lightness of Travel


“On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy.”  ~Spanish proverb Time to sort through the bag one last time and skim off a couple more pounds. I’ve managed to get 7-weeks worth of possessions in one, count it, one … Continue reading

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Learning Another Language: Excuse #8


“Here speeching American.” – A sign in a Mallorca shop entrance Everybody can learn to speak another language. You did it with English, right? Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re always right. Even if you don’t plan to … Continue reading

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7 Weeks, 5000 Miles, 25 Carry-On Pounds, 1 Survivor


“But I love the idea – whether it’s in my work or where I live – exploring new frontiers, and I like putting myself in strange places and trying to survive and figure things out and gather up an infrastructure. … Continue reading

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Making It Happen


A couple years ago we hosted a CouchSurfer that spent six weeks in Guatemala to learn Spanish for work she was doing. Cool, but not something that I felt drawn to at the time. Last year I went through (yet) … Continue reading

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