A Little Argument… And the Ultimate Compliment

It a moment that pretty much fully resembled the temper-tantrum two year olds throw, I stamped my foot, emphatically shaking my head at the taxi-driver attempting to charge me fully double the fare I know my ride should cost. “No, no, no. Ridículo. Yo sé que este precio es absolutamente ridículo!”, I rapidly spit out. …

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A Little Football… Guatemala’s All Enthusiasm

At the sound of the fireworks Xela and Guate City jogged onto the field, the entire team nearly wholly obscured by the smoke billowing across the slick and grassy football (soccer) field. Some were the pretty and colorful fireworks you’d expect but the vast majority of the fireworks were actually more akin to a huge …

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A Little Volunteering… Sweet Faces of Xela’s Children

It’s the warmth and sheer, innocent love that emanates from children that draws me back to volunteering over and over again. My first ride to the guardería, or day care center, took me 20 minutes outside of Xela and into the significantly more petite town of Llanos del Pinal, a small village nestled under the …

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A Little Language… Learning Spanish in Xela, Guatemala

One of the stories that is most often “wowed” at from my round the world trip is my time volunteering teaching English at a monastery in Nepal. It’s really quite fortunate that people are so interested in stories of my young monks, because I love talking about them! Volunteering in both Cambodia and Nepal are …

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A Little Spectacle… Yes, Gringos Grow That Tall

As I glanced up from my task of delicately descending the roughly cobbled steps I noticed a group of six Guatemalan teenagers below thrusting small cameras and cell phones in my direction. Giggles and huge smiles on their faces, this group was clearly excited over something far bigger than just the presence of this sweaty …

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Antigua, Guatemala

A Little Learning… Finding Authenticity in Antigua

I have a secret confession. I really like Antigua, Guatemala. And I feel like I shouldn’t because the town seems so tourist-purposed and overrun by westerners; Antigua is such a marked contrast to the dangerous and grittier reality in nearby Guatemala City. When I mention to other travelers I spent a month total (split across …

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valhalla macadamia nuts antigua

A Little Food…Macadamia Nuts and a Slice of the Expat Lifestyle

The chicken bus bumped to a stop in front of the Valhalla Macadamia Nut Farm and I got my first glimpse of the expat lifestyle for Emily and Lorenzo, an expat couple that have created an entire non-profit movement in the region toward sustainable farming. The farm is about 15 minutes outside Antigua and fully …

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A Little Climb… Red Hot Lava and an Active Volcano

Mini pandemonium broke out as six of us teetered on a jaggedly tiny ledge of dried volcanic lava – although the top surface of the lava was hard and quite solid under our feet, the heat radiating from every single crevice of the charred gray rock had me feeling like a pot roast in a …

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