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Apr 16, 2015 - San Jorge La Laguna

This is the village where we have our stay with a local family, Roger and I are with the same family the rest of group are split into 2 people per family. Our family is the Parala family, Father Anselmo (mayor of the village), Mother Petrona, three childen one girl 10, two boys 9 and 4. Here we have time with the family playing some games, a tour of the village, dinner chicken soup and tortilla's, sharing pictures father spoke a little English so we could talk then off to bed. Breakfast the next morning of eggs and tortillas coffee, met...

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Mar 20, 2014 - San Jorge

After visiting Chichi we headed to San Pedro La Laguna (approx. 1.5 hours). Once we arrived in San Jorge La Laguna, we were introduced to our host as we are staying one night with a local family here. Our hosts were Anna and Felix, who had seven grown up children, and a number of grandchildren. It was difficult to work out who actually lived in the house, but it seems eleven people lived there. We had our own very basic room consisting of a couple of (very hard) beds. The family actually speaks a local language, unique to their village, as...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Delay and Questions...

There´s been a long delay in the dissemination of my missives, partly due to scarce internet access and in part...uh, i don´t actually know. Anyway, lots of questions been sent about this year´s research. I generally wait to a more advanced date, but with many new followers aboard, I figured I´d share some of the questions so as to assuage any doubts you may have. 1) Hey Lobo! Any new goals for this summer´s fieldwork? - Byron - Hey Bi. Thanks for the question. Generally speaking, I don´t approach each mission with specific goals in...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Crossing into Guatemala

I managed to cross the border into Guatemala from Honduras w/o any impediments, despite the churlish customs and passport people that prey on innocent migrants heading North. I´m in the process staging process, preparing myself for the grueling trip. I´m loading up on freshly squeezed juices, fried chicken and scouting out the local talent, in soccer that is. To be honest, not exactly blown away by the Guatemalan style of ¨futbol¨. He´s feeble and dirty. I´d fit in perfectly! At some point I must decide which route I shall choose. From...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Back in the trenches

Esquipulas, Guatemala Fieldwork commenced 5 days ago in Honduras and has already taken me on shitty buses, to multiple massage parlors, fried chicken locals, street stalls, a donkey show, a ransom ping pong table and cathedrals. I even caught a glimpse of the black Jesus in a Basilica in Guatemala. I´m not quite sure I understand what a Basilica is, but this Jesus was definitely black. by the way, i won every game of ping pong. Up until now, not much has changed from last year´s adventure expect for two things: 1) I have been in Central...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Back in the Trenches

Esquipulas, Guatemala Fieldwork commenced 5 days ago in Honduras and has already taken me on shitty buses, to multiple massage parlors, fried chicken establishments, street stalls, a donkey show, a random ping pong table and cathedrals. I even caught a glimpse of the black Jesus in a Basilica in Guatemala. I´m not quite sure I understand what a Basilica is, but this Jesus was definitely black. by the way, i destroyed every opponent in ping pong. Up until now, not much has changed from last year´s adventure expect for two things: 1) I have...

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Jul 20, 2010 - Got Gastro?

Today I woke up in Esquipulas, Guatemala with some pronounced gastrointestinal discomfort. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this is an old battle I´ve fought before, one that has almost taken me out on a few occasions. Nothing some street food can´t remedy. Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn and heading out of town, I decided to wake up to E! Entertainment and stay another day here. The plan: research the streets in search of vintage garb and socks. Yes, you are reading this correctly. I have a thing for goofy socks...amongst other...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Sneaking into Guatemala

I learned a few things during my pleasant overnight bus ride: 1) I can sleep through anything 2) I always sit on the left side of the bus. The ride was a short 8 hours and I slept the majority of the time. The flowmax kept my prostate in check and my 24 hour fast kept my bowels in check. The odd thing I realized is the whole left side thing. I recapped all the bus rides so far, and even some memorable excursions from the past, and there it was. Left Side. Why is that? Whenever I enter a bus and walk down the aisle, I always sit on right...

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Jul 16, 2010 - Alma

I rented a solid, white Mazda 4x4 for $45-day and I´m departing soon for Las Animas, Cedros, Francisco Morazan, Honduras. Why you might ask? To make my annual trip, 3rd year running, to visit my Hondu friend Alma. **See below. The town has no running water which complicates the whole bathing and doodying thing, so I´m mildly concerned and taking the proper precautions pre-departure. Not that I´m averse to taking care of business outside but everyone lives so close and its hard to find an appropriate place. Luckily, my stomach is holding up...

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Jul 15, 2010 - Armpit...

Welcome to Tegucigalpa, affectionately referred to as Tegus by local Hondu. I affectionately refer to Tegus as the armpit of Central America. Nevertheless, this bustling city has its redeeming qualities...the Casino Royal, massage establishments, second hand clothing shops, a wonderful assortment of street fruits and fried chicken. What else could you need in life. Each time I´m here I ask myself why. Why do I come here? I like it!

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Jul 12, 2010 - Hondu here I come...

Today will commence my second monumental journey from Honduras back to the United States [on land] along the migrant trail. i´ve left all material items home, including my beeper, head to head football and my twitter feed [does that even make sense]. I have packed my video camera, a voice recorder, which I never use, and the two latest editions of Us Weekly. I´m traveling light, although not as light as last year. You see, I couldn't resist bringing all my new $5 V-neck shirts from Target. I did bring my requisite Yankees cap and Enrique...

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