Martha Stewart & Me

I’m no Martha Stewart, but I sure do love her. Well, not her, per se, but the lifestyle that she and her staffers promote. I realized this when a subscription her to magazine, Martha Stewart Living, was foisted upon me in early 2013.

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A Volcano Snob on Guatemala’s Pacaya

Living in the tropics can make you a little less relatable, especially when most of your family and friends are in the United States. When I was in New York, I could complain about rush hour traffic on the Saw Mill Parkway (a pretty but somewhat overcrowded route that winds through Westchester County) and get […]

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The Long Views & Maya Altars of San Jorge La Laguna

Burrowed in the mountains above Lake Atitlán and just a 10-minute bus ride from Panajachel, San Jorge La Laguna is a tiny, compact community where locals speak Kachiquel (a Mayan dialect), wear colorful traditional dress, and practice centuries-old Maya customs. Most travelers breeze by San Jorge en route to Panajachel, but there are two great […]

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Guatemala Eats: Fiambre

I really wanted to like fiambre. A cold salad of chopped meat and pickled vegetables served on Guatemala’s Day of the Dead, it’s what turkey is to Thanksgiving: what everyone eats on the holiday, vegetarians aside. Fiambre is tradition, and I love traditions—particularly those involving food. So this year, on November 1, I made sure […]

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The Giant Kites of Sumpango

On Friday, November 1, Guatemala celebrated Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). As I hinted in my last blog post, aside from toasting my mom’s birthday, the holiday honors deceased loved ones and is celebrated, in part, by flying kites. For some folks, kite flying is merely a tradition, just one more […]

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Happy Birthday, Mom! (From ALL of Guatemala)

Haloo, Mom! So, it’s November 1st—a big day in Guatemala… your birthday!! I was a little surprised to get down here and discover that Guatemalans are sooo into celebrating your special day, and then, I was like, why? You’re quirky, kind, funny, beautiful—why wouldn’t they want to fête you in some major way? Of course, […]

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