What is the price of security?

Sounds like a really deep question, right? But in this case, it was esay. With help from my parents and grandparents, I traded in my complicated itinerary home for a simple e-ticket on American Airlines from Guatemala City to San Francisco. The old itinerary involved a too-expensive flight from Guatemala to Cancun, or a really…

Katrina Gives me a Change of Plans

Over this year, some people have asked me, “Why do you seek to work for an international organization when there are so many problems that need to be solved inside the US?” It is a good question, and until Hurricane Katrina, my answer was, “I choose to work overseas because the US has enough good…

Boring Rice

Just a quick blog entry so that I don’t forget to write down something funny that happened the other day… At home, I was served a dish which was very close to risotto, one of my favorite dishes of all time. I commented on it to Gladys, but she said, “No, it is just chicken…

Busco un mecánico de motores dieseles

Hoy he tratado una vez mas de encontrar un mecánico de motores dieseles. Quiero aprender las cosas principales que necesito aprobar antes llamo un mecánico verdadero, y las cosas que puedo reparar facílmente con solamente mis manos y mente. Cuando navigaba en Wonderland, leía los libros sobre motores de mar, pero todavía necesito escuchar a…

The Last Chapter on Airtech

I flew to Cancun using Airtech for just $250 round trip. What a deal! The only thing you have to do to get such a good price is not have any fixed plans and be willing to put up with slightly bizarre customer service. Today, I got this email from the President of AirTech. I…

Robbed in Santiago Atitlan

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. The good news is I didn’t get hurt, and they didn’t get very much from me. I went for a day trip to Santiago Atitlan yesterday. It is an easy trip; you just take the boat over and back. I was only planning on walking around town,…

Big News in the Family

This weekend one of Paulina’s daughters (Paulina is mi abuela or grandmother, here) flew to Canada for a 4 month internship. She will be working with a program in Saskatchewan that provides services to rural communities. She’s pretty good at English (about as good as I am at Spanish, I guess), but she’ll be getting…

Proof!

Upon re-reading my own words, not even I could believe myself. How could the showers possibly be that scary? So I decided I should show you: I talked to a tall guy from Australia, who says that he gets shocks all the time, because he’s up so much closer to the showerhead. I don’t know…

A day in my life in San Pedro

I’ve been working here in San Pedro for two weeks now, and I owe people an update on what I’m up to here. The first week, I slept in a hotel and ate at the house of my coworker’s parents. I was going to move in with them when they got a bed for their…

Un Entierro Guatemalteco

Jarachik, one of the restaurants/hotels in town is owned by a father and son team from Holland. This week Hank, the father, died of heart failure. It was a big shock to such a little community, and he will be missed. His son has a good support network here, so hopefully he will find the…