Being a Gringa

Traveling as a gringa* can be hard sometimes. People here tend to associate whiteness with money (I wonder why? Does it have something to do with how white colonists pillaged entire continents for financial gain? idk maybe.) My blonde hair and light eyes leave no room for guessing. I’m a white lady. I’ve been warned…

Humanizing the “caravan” on the U.S.-Mexico border

We’ve all seen the disturbing photos and videos of the military response to migrants on the U.S./Mexico border. I felt compelled to say something, that perhaps I have a unique perspective being in Central America and having worked with displaced people in the past. I wanted to write about asylum and immigration policy. I wanted…

Instagram vs. reality: part one

I’m not adding anything new to the dialogue when I say that Instagram can be pretty fake. Even worse is the #travelgram. And yet who hasn’t found themselves on their couch, scrolling, jealous of someone’s amazing travel posts? We’ve all seen the cliche, visually-stunning travel pics. The prayer/yoga pose in front of a South Asian…

The night ferry

Living in a village that is basically only accessible by boat means taking the public ferry a lot. They’re not very big boats. They comfortably hold about 25 people seated side by side on benches, and are sometimes packed with 40+ humans and the occasional dog or chicken. Typically the lake is glassy and calm…

Climb Every Volcano

Guatemala has 37 volcanoes, 3 of which are active. Climbing them is one of THE Guatemala bucket list things to do, so I finally did it! I signed up for a half day tour to climb Pacaya. It was pretty easy and pretty touristy but I had a great time. You’re not allowed to climb…