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Spanish Word of the Day

July 14, 2010

Aguacate = Avocado.

Thank you, waitress at Cubana Cafe! (Get the shrimp-aguacate-mango salad. Delicioso. That’s italian. Whatevs.)

Advertisements The Site With More Miniatures Than a Pony Show

July 12, 2010

I’ve always been a bit wary of using sites with ‘.biz’ at the end of the address, because, let’s face it, that’s ghetto.

But this site is great! Thousands of personal-sized products simply perfect for the traveler..wish there was a synonym for traveler that started with ‘p’.

They’ve been recommended by The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN, Wall Street Journal, the Today Show. Plus, after many hours of digging, I discovered that you can purchase a single Ziploc bag:


Check it out:

How To Eat At A Spanish Restaurant And Not Sound Like A Moron

July 12, 2010

Last night, I ate at Mercadito Grove, and even though our waiter thought I was 16, he took time to teach me some Spanish. Probably because he’s afraid I’m going to get murdered tramping through Guatemala alone.

Que es este: What is this?

Olviado: Nevermind (For the record, I thought this was two words and had a ‘b’ in it)

Tu Tienes: Do you have?

…and then I spent three minutes trying to understand how to say “do you prefer,” and then he said he’d come to Guatemala with me, and then, we decided, would be prime time to go.

Why I Decided To Go To Guatemala

July 12, 2010

First, I read this article. Then, I found this meditation/ yoga center. And then I decided I should stop being such a twat and learn another language.

And that was pretty much it. 

This is partly because my sister is in Paris right now and doesn’t have time for 5-hour Skype conversations every time I have to make a decision. But mostly, I’m trying to live a more “suck-it-and-go” life, and yes, I just made that up, and no, I can’t think of anything funnier to use as a substitute for “spontaneous,” because it’s 7:15, and I haven’t had dinner, and I’m in a computer lab two floors in the ground without any windows. So. Let me know if you have any suggestions.


June 23, 2010

I JUST BOOKED MY TICKET TO GUATEMALA!!!!! 6 weeks, with a side-trip to El Salvador to meet up with a friend. Yoga, spanish, beaches, volunteering I’M SO EXCITED.

The last time I booked a ticket for long-term travel, it was to South East Asia, and afterwards, I immediately felt like vomiting and then fell off my oven and broke my foot. Startin’ off on a better note already.

New Knight International Fellows

June 22, 2010

New Knight International Fellows. I like this one:

Malawi: Using Mobile Technology to Reduce Poverty – Edem Djokotoe of Ghana will help journalists produce regular coverage of agriculture, microfinance, and rural education. He will set up a network of citizen journalists, who will use mobile technology to send reports from remote areas to leading independent news outlets. These stories will help spur better public policies to reduce poverty.

Djokotoe has worked as a journalism trainer in Zambia for more than two decades. He has written a column for The Postnewspaper since November 1995.

Aaaand this one:

Malaysia: Finding a Business Model for Robust Citizen Journalism – Ross Settles of the United States will create a profitable model for integrating a vibrant citizen journalism network into, the country’s only source of independent news. He will develop a strategy for online news organizations to combine professional standards with the broader reach and civic engagement of citizen journalism.

Breakdancers in Central Park

June 9, 2010

Seriously. Best day ever.

Every weekend, dancers and musicians flood the Bethesda Terrace, which is smack in the middle of Central Park. This is a must for any visit to New York.