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{ Monthly Archives } January 2011

itty bitty dinosaurs

Recently I’ve discovered podcasts and one that I particularly like is Radiolab. According to their own website Radiolab is: …where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow… The style is something you will either love or loathe – personally, […]

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I find a coconut by the path on my way back from the laguna.

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finca ixobal

Finca Ixobal is like a little holiday from Guatemala within Guatemala: it is the antithesis to cultural and linguistic immersion in a small indigenous village and/or negotiating the Guatemalan public health services after a wild animal attack. I didn’t really realise that I needed a break but when I arrive at this place, merely a […]

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flores again

After three weeks of living in San Jose and speaking only Spanish, Flores seems like a bustling cosmopolitan place. As I cross the bridge on my way onto the island, I am hailed by Vinko and Collette, a young couple I met a few weeks ago leaving Flores on their cheap Mexican bikes. Their plans […]

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leaving san jose

I’m always leaving and so you’d think that I’d be good at it. But I’m not. It pains me considerably to rupture the friendships that are forming, despite themselves, with the people at Bio Itza. Reginaldo invites me to eat with him and his family on Friday night and then the following day Paula, the […]

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bio itza

I am really impressed with what I have seen of Bio Itza’s work at the jungle reserve and in the community and so I spend the last week at San Jose doing what I can to help update and improve some of their promotional materials.


village life

Life in San Jose looks pretty slow and torpid but there are certain tensions under the surface which gradually become more clear to me. I make a visit to the San Jose Health Centre for my final rabies shot. Despite two trips to the Centre the previous week to ensure that the vaccine was available […]

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religious fervour

I arrive back in San Jose in time for one of its major annual religious fiestas. The figures in the local Catholic church are spruced up and decorated and taken on a litter through the streets down to the dock. From there they taken by lancha to the church in Flores to be blessed. Figures […]

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People in Guatemala are very poor.

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bioitza jungle reserve

I enrolled at Bio Itza on the basis of zero research but at the end of my first week in San Jose I am totally won over, not only by the quality of the teaching, but by the evident benefits of the project to the community and decide to stay on for a second week. […]

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