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October 2011

Traveling to Yoloaiquin And Feeling Abundantly Welcomed!

October 31, 2011

Comencemos Sign

I left San Salvador on Wednesday (26-Oct-11) afternoon to head to San Miguel. In San Miguel I would meet up with Jorge, a member of Comencemos – the organization I am volunteering with here. Comencemos means “We Start” in English. I promise it sounds better in Spanish, and it fits here since they really are […]

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San Salvador – Complicated Past And Tons Of Outside Influence

October 29, 2011

Plaza Libertad (Liberty)

I stopped in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, for less than 48 hours on my way to volunteer at www.comencemos.org. I met two great people, who I will get to in a minute, but I can’t help but describe San Salvador as weird. I don’t know if it’s weirder for me since I’m […]

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Photo Friday – From One Volcano To Another – San Salvador, El Salvador

October 28, 2011

View of San Salvador From One Volcano To Another

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – Buying Power

October 25, 2011

mini packets of shampoo

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. I […]

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Building A Website & Installing A Solar Panel System – An Awesome Volunteering Experience In Honduras!

October 23, 2011

Looks good!

I was in Copan Ruinas, Honduras for about two weeks. I connected with Deborah, the founder of El Camino a la Superacion (The Walk To Overcome), via Couchsurfing when I was in Mexico. El Camino a la Superacion is a cooperative composed of indigenous Mayan women and their families. They make artistic goods and they […]

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Drinking from a bag for the first time (it’s horchata) in Honduras

October 23, 2011

Drinking from a bag for the first time (it's horchata) in Honduras

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Copan Ruinas, Honduras – Foreigners, Gunshots, And An Awesome Volunteering Experience

October 22, 2011

Me At Copan Ruinas Pyramid

It’s hard to explain Copan Ruinas. There is an amazing site showcasing Mayan ruins here, which is what attracts tourists. There is a thriving expat community here, all leaving/escaping something and finding a new start here. The town is charming and set in a bit of a tropical paradise, yet there is such a strong […]

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Photo Friday – Armed Delivery…To The Grocery Store – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

October 21, 2011

Armed Delivery ... To The Grocery Store

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – Time and Infrastructure

October 19, 2011

que caro es ser pobre how expensive it is to be poor box

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. […]

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Hope Cycle 3000 – Living One’s Passion And Building A School In Guatemala

October 17, 2011

Maria with bicycle

I met Maria Mihok in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. She was here temporarily for a conference, and I am here volunteering with El Camino a la Superacion. Maria’s story came out piece by piece as we hung out daily for about a week. As a teenager, she became addicted to drugs and was faced with two […]

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Macaw Mountain Bird Park – Natural Beauty Galore

October 15, 2011

Me with birds at Macaw Mountain Bird Park In Copan Ruinas Honduras (6)

After an adventure earlier in the day, that I’ll have to post after I leave Honduras for legal reasons (seriously), I went to Macaw Mountain Bird Park with some friends. It was amazing! The park is about 1.5 miles/2km from the city. It’s a bit of an uphill hike, but motor taxis/tuk tuks/rickshaws will happily […]

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Photo Friday – Can’t You See We’re Busy? – Copan Ruinas, Honduras

October 14, 2011

What Are You Looking At?

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Alone We Are Strong, Together We Are Stronger

October 13, 2011

cheeto march

A group of ants I found yesterday with a big message

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Getting Robbed In Guatemala City

October 11, 2011

The Door

On Sunday night, my last night in Guatemala, I went out to meet Conie, someone I met through couchsurfing. She is a journalist and seemed really interesting. I was looking forward to meeting her. The plan was to meet at the entrance of the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) in Central Park. She came and we […]

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Guatemala City – Avoiding Danger And Eating Tongue

October 10, 2011

Mocca Mint Coffee - amazing

I came to Guatemala City for the weekend on my way to Honduras. I heard there wasn’t much to do or see, and that it is very dangerous. It’s all relative, I suppose, but I had a good time here. And how could I not have a good time? Look at the first cafe I […]

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The Nicest Guy In Guatemala City, Making My Arrival Significantly Better

October 9, 2011

The Nicest Guy In Guatemala City

I left Maya Pedal on Friday and took a chicken bus to Guatemala City. Thankfully, the bus wasn’t crowded since I went in the early afternoon. When we got to Guatemala City, I asked the guy in front of me if the bus went to the city center. He wasn’t much help, but the guy […]

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Volunteering At Maya Pedal in Guatemala – Changing Lives One Bike At A Time

October 8, 2011

Me Riding Bike Machine Blender

I spent the past week volunteering at Maya Pedal. I think the best introduction I could possibly give is by showing the video below. Unfortunately, it’s in Spanish. But I think the visuals offer all you need to understand this organization and how it impacts peoples’ lives. Maya Pedal is an NGO that receives donated […]

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