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Jan 28, 2013 - Tilapacita and Mangroves

Josh picked us up at 06:00 for the 2 1/2 hour drive down from the western highland mountains to the Pacific coast town of Tilapa. It is in the southwest corner of Guatemala very close to the Mexico border. Actually, we're going to the little oceanside island town of Tilapacita where we board a long narrow outboard motor lancha for transport thru the mangrove groves. There´ll be Josh, Lidia, the capitan and me. Even by 09:00 the morning sun is considerably hotter than our last couple weeks in the western mountain highlands. Hence our primary...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Floating into North America

Tecun Uman, Guatemala--Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico I´m mildly exhausted today from the yesterday´s long travel day. Still woke up early, though, thanks to my new roommate, and fat friend, Domingo´s gas. I almost had a heart attack when he busted loose. Anyway, the early bird gets the worm in these parts. 6am-8am is prime time for hondu to cross the Suchiate River into North America. When one talks about the Mexican border, naturally we think of South...Texas, California, etc. The southern border of Mexico is a forgotten border. It´s wild. I...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Shopping anyone?

When I was done investigating the river, I ventured back into Guatemala and spent the afternoon doing what I had waited a long time to do...shop. Sounds weird, don´t it. You see, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, for some odd reason, there are more than 50 second hand clothing shops. This is where you can find a needle in a haystack. In past years I have found Donkey Kong, Popeye, Pony amongst others. Each t-shirt will set u back $1. The same shirt in NY would cost you around $50. I can´t pass up a bargain, aside from the fact that I need some new...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Tecun a Matta

July 19 Esquipulas-Guatemala City-Tecun Uman (Guatemala) Long day, perhaps the longest day of the entire trip. It´s a day of non-stop travel and no food, but, nevertheless, an important day. This is the day I make major travel decisions which can affect the productivity of my fieldwork. You may be wondering why today is a day of no food. I don´t purposely starve myself, but two things to consider 1) im taveling amongst migrants. if i want to be like them, well, sort of, i can´t pig put like i´d like to. 2) no bathrooms on buses frightening...

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Mar 14, 2009 - update

well i sent an email the other day to 5 people, but i guess word got around and i think i caused a bit of an alarm. i was panicked at the time but i'm ok now. the email concerned my feelings of unsafety here. i'm feeling a lot better now. i've taken the necessary precautions and i'm very alert. i also spoke about it with Bobolop. its been 2 mths i've been here and honestly i'ts not easy, but i'm hanging on. i'm thinking about changing to another city where there are more people from the project. we'll see. i have to make sure wherever i go...

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Jan 27, 2007 - Tajumulco: Conquering Tajumulco - highest volcano in Central America

Summary: - Meet at QuetzalTrekkers...leave with rucksack weighing a ton - 445am start....nothing more to add - WOW…now that’s what I call a sunset!! - Talking to a mountaineering legend around the campfire - DOUBLE WOW…WHAT a Sunrise!! I was looking forward to a quiet weekend to finally get this blog in a half decent state with some pictures for everyone to read but Tajumulco the highest volcano in Central America at 4220m had other ideas, 'climb me if you dare' was the challenge...so stupidly I said why not. I went with a really...

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