Category Archives: My Travels

The Hawaiian Naupaka Legend

(This legend tells the story about the two Hawaiian flowers, Mountain Naupaka, and Ocean Naupaka. The flowers are extremely similar in their half-shape, appearing as if each completes the other.) There once was a Hawaiian maiden who lived high on … Continue reading

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Returning to Portland After 4 Months in Guatemala

After four months in Guatemala I am returning to Portland. The time I have spent in Guatemala interviewing, meeting new friends, and continued Spanish studies has been amazing. My continued work with Fredy Perez Hernandez of San Juan La Laguna … Continue reading

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La Primera Dama de Guatemala

This month I had a great opportunity to listen to a speech by Senora Colom, the First Lady of Guatemala. She visited San Juan la Laguna for the grand opening of a community center and park. She and her husband … Continue reading

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La Nariz – A Mayan Site of Spiritual Importance

I held out until the last moment, but the time finally came for me to tackle La Nariz. Nariz is a site of spiritual importance for the Mayan people of the area surrounding Lake Atitlan. For over 1000 years, the … Continue reading

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Jose, Maria and Family (San Pedro)

I encountered Jose Maria, his wife Maria and Family in front of the Catholic church in SanPedro following a service one Sunday. They invited me to their house for a traditional Guatemalan meal of tiny dried fish in chili sauce … Continue reading

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Fiesta San Pablo de Atitlan

This is a very well known typical festival with lot of indigenous dances in beautiful clothing and masks taking place every January in the latter part of the month. Every village surrounding the lake celebrates a fiesta once a year in … Continue reading

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A Month in Guatemala

 Time seems to just fly sometimes. I have been in Guatemala for a month now, and feel to just be getting into the swing of things. I have had a lot of interesting experiences, and have met many new friends … Continue reading

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Sak´ari, na Ab´anon?

I am taking a break for a week to study a local language called Tz´utujil. It is far too complicated to learn anything more than several phrases and key words in a week, however I am fascinated by the language. … Continue reading

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The Western Highlands Winds of Fury

Every evening there is a lot of wind on the lake, especially this time of the year which is considered the “windy” season. (Jan-Mar) Followed by the “rainy” season. (Apr-Jun) However, this week there was so much wind, I couldn’t … Continue reading

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I Just Met Maria

I am thrilled beyond belief. I have passed a very small hole in the wall restaurant many times on my way to and from school and to be honest, it looked like a place I would never consider eating. I … Continue reading

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