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Ma’alob K’iin!

Sun, 04 Sep 2011 04:14:31 +0000

Hello all, After a long silence, I am back to find that most of the links on my front page are down and there have been a whole lot of spammers leaving junk mail in the comments of my older posts. It didn’t occur to me that spammers would be interested in blogs until I […]

Stay Tuned…

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:53:26 +0000

After four years of silence, I’m back! I’m currently in Yucatan, Mexico conducting fieldwork for my PhD in Anthropology. Check in a few days for updates, select stories and pictures of my latest activities! And, as always, thanks for being patient with me =)

Carnaval II: Slash and Burn Finale

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 04:02:38 +0000

The second day was a lot like the first only a little less fun because we were actually watching the repetitiveness that became the parade. Don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous. The costumes were out of some fantastical kids’ book like Where the Wild Things Are but people! The most well known costumes are […]

Carnaval I: Facing Fears, Drinking Beers

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 03:42:52 +0000

Needless to say, my old fear of not wanting to be engulfed in the crowds had resurfaced by the time the Carnaval parades were to begin on Saturday morning. I knew this would happen considering my early travel history. The ol’ Brodrecht family was no stranger to piling in the camper and driving around the […]

Attack on Good Temper

Sat, 17 Feb 2007 03:09:10 +0000

I haven´t mentioned to a lot of people that Andy and I are in Bolivia.  We finished working at Bruce Peru on Friday, February 9 and officially moved out of the house the following Monday.  Since I´ll be living across town in our friend Miguel’s spare room, we moved all our stuff over there and […]

The Summer’s Eve Heard Round the World

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 16:14:31 +0000

For Christmas, our family friends sent a large box full of pens to the children in our schools. When I first saw what was in the box, I couldn’t help but smile. “Damn, she’s done it again!” I thought. Soon the whole world will be a part of our little inside joke. I went to […]

Strangers in Our Strange Land

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 16:13:45 +0000

When we came back from the Christmas holidays, I heard Minas had moved because they were reconstructing our building. While we use it during the week as a classroom, it is actually a church. No one would know save the moldy paintings of Jesus and water-stained portrait of the Virgin Mary, but hey, God never […]

Christmas Part 3: Show-time at Nazareno

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 16:04:05 +0000

Friday morning just started off in a flurry. We woke up a little earlier than normal to get the last few little things together including cutting the fruit we’d give to the children at the party, organizing everything into what we’d bring and what we wouldn’t, wrapping the Christmas tree in a sheet for transport. […]

Christmas Part 2: Planning (or lack thereof)

Mon, 25 Dec 2006 21:44:22 +0000

About a week before the party, nothing had been done. Dennis had briefly mentioned all the girl volunteers getting together and working out what all we needed in terms of gifts. A bunch of Canadian folks got together and donated a TON of shoes but we needed to work out what sizes all the kids […]

Christmas Part 1: Special Delivery

Mon, 25 Dec 2006 20:12:20 +0000

At long last, I write about the Christmas parties we held for the kids at Pamplona and Villa el Salvador. Go grab a cup of coffee and a cookie to settle in for a long Christmas tale… Around the 27th of November, I got my letter in the mailbox saying I had received the box […]

Our Many Roles

Thu, 30 Nov 2006 00:59:13 +0000

I sewed a kids shoes together today…  There’s a 12-year-old kid named Rogerilio that goes to school at Villa el Salvador and has had the same pair of sandals for as far back as anyone can remember.  Looking at them, you can almost hear them begging to be put out of their misery… thrown in […]

Call for Recipes

Sun, 12 Nov 2006 22:36:06 +0000

Hello hello, Another problem has arisen… We have no oven and my unfilled Southern-girl desire to cook is beginning to agitate under the weight of far too many rice-based meals with little-to-no protein.  We do have these: a microwave a gas stove an electric water warmer So if you can send stove-top or microwave recipes […]

Where are you?!

Sun, 12 Nov 2006 22:25:00 +0000

To everyone has been waiting and wondering where I’ve been… Don’t worry!  I’m here!  I’m still safe!  Life here has been really crazy hectic recently.  Aside from spending all my extra time trying to get to know this crazy city I live in, I’ve also added another English class to my day.  Before, I just […]

Christian Hit with Frisbee

Sun, 22 Oct 2006 23:07:36 +0000

For two days in a row last week, I was working at Nazarena, which is the bigger school in Pamplona.  The first day I was working, I met this adorable boy named Christian and his older brother Jherson.  Actually, his name might be Jorge.  It’s kinda confusing as a lot of these kids seem to […]

First Day of School

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 03:02:18 +0000

On Wednesday we began volunteering. A bit of preface: In Lima, Bruce Peru runs three schools. We live in Miraflores, which I previously mentioned is one of the the more wealthy barrios of Lima. The schools are in the poorer districts at least an hour from Miraflores. To get to either school, you have to […]