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Jul 20, 2011 - Floating into North America

Tecun Uman, Guatemala--Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico I´m mildly exhausted today from the yesterday´s long travel day. Still woke up early, though, thanks to my new roommate, and fat friend, Domingo´s gas. I almost had a heart attack when he busted loose. Anyway, the early bird gets the worm in these parts. 6am-8am is prime time for hondu to cross the Suchiate River into North America. When one talks about the Mexican border, naturally we think of South...Texas, California, etc. The southern border of Mexico is a forgotten border. It´s wild. I...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Shopping anyone?

When I was done investigating the river, I ventured back into Guatemala and spent the afternoon doing what I had waited a long time to do...shop. Sounds weird, don´t it. You see, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, for some odd reason, there are more than 50 second hand clothing shops. This is where you can find a needle in a haystack. In past years I have found Donkey Kong, Popeye, Pony amongst others. Each t-shirt will set u back $1. The same shirt in NY would cost you around $50. I can´t pass up a bargain, aside from the fact that I need some new...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Tecun a Matta

July 19 Esquipulas-Guatemala City-Tecun Uman (Guatemala) Long day, perhaps the longest day of the entire trip. It´s a day of non-stop travel and no food, but, nevertheless, an important day. This is the day I make major travel decisions which can affect the productivity of my fieldwork. You may be wondering why today is a day of no food. I don´t purposely starve myself, but two things to consider 1) im taveling amongst migrants. if i want to be like them, well, sort of, i can´t pig put like i´d like to. 2) no bathrooms on buses frightening...

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