The smell of a freshly washed shirt is remarkably memorable. This particular shirt, along with a few others, is going into my carry-on. Each shirt I fold has the smell of home. I know they each smell like home because they have never left my hometown. I wonder when I arrive in Guatemala will they still smell like home? Will the reminisces of home disappear to be replaced by my host village? I am trying to pack in every memory of home, but the lack of space is holding me back. It is hard to ensure that I have everything, because I’m literally going to a foreign place. I don’t know the climate, or how to pack for different altitudes. The packing list is so short. I don’t want the weather playing games with me. So I’m preparing myself as much as possible for every weather “what if.”
Every song has a memory. Summer is a perfect way to develop memories. As I prepare for my trip I wonder what songs will develop the most enchanting memories. Summer of 2009, the famous song was Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed peas. In 2011, Party Rock Anthem by was popular. The catchy tune that makes you hum, sing, and dance along to the tune. In 2012 I remember jamming out to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. Recently in 2014, Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul’s famous song Bailando was the most memorable. Each song has has special memory. I can recall the precious moments I have spent with people who are dear to me. As I approach this summer I hope can only imagine the songs that will spark memories.
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Is it too late to relearn subjunctive or conditional tense? There are so many tenses in my head: present. preterit, imperfect, conditional, and future. So many forms, commands, stem changers, and commands to know. I have been enrolled in Spanish Classes since 6th grade and I take advanced Spanish classes at UW-Milwaukee (s/o to Profe. Allen). Despite the classes, it is solely up to the individual to practice what they learn. Therefore, I took it upon myself to practice my Spanish outside the classroom by watching “telenovelas” in my free time.
Telenovelas can be referred to as soap operas. I believe telenovelas are a great way to practice your Spanish and review all of the tenses. I am currently on Episodio 39 of “Lo Que La Vida Me Robó” and my Spanish comprehension is becoming better. Lately I have been watching “Las noticias” the news in Spanish in order to gain multiple perspective about global events. All in all, I believe language shouldn’t be a barrier but a universal tool that unites people.
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Packing for a trip is a series of events. Literally, it is a process that everyone must endure before going on a trip. I know that I am a last minute type of girl who tends to pack the morning before she leaves. In this case, however I started packing last Sunday. My mother wants me to take only a carry-on and a backpack to use on day trips and hikes. The whole process has helped me realize, that as a Wandering Scholar it is my responsibility to be strategic. Packing is a way to pre-analyze aspects of my life that I want to bring along with me and determine what I want to leave behind.
I will miss my family and friends. Going on a trip where I don’t know anybody is frightening. At the same time it is really thrilling. Going to Guatemala will be my opportunity to meet new people! I will be taking a photo album with me. The photo album will be wonderful opportunity to spark conversations with my host family. A picture can spark “buenos recuerdos” or good memories. Which are always a great conversation starter.
Guatemalans tend to dress modestly, and I want to be respectful of their culture. As a result, I am leaving behind my tank tops (exposed arm) and I am bringing along shirts that don’t expose a lot of skin. Ill also be leaving Netflix behind, which is kind of dreadful, but instead of watching movies, I will be streaming the view of beautiful Guatemala.
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The Scandal in Guatemala
Hello, AKT here and I hope you all had a great weekend. Do these pictures look familiar? Well, if you have been keeping tabs with Guatemalan news then there is a possibility that you’ve seen this first picture. Over the past weekend, there was a civic rebellion in Guatemala City. Roughly 30,000 people participated in the protest.
Tim Rogers, a author for Fusion reported that, “A civic rebellion that started with a frustrated Facebook post is now threatening to oust Guatemala’s strongman president, retired special forces commander Otto Pérez Molina.” According to The New York Times both the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras have been confronted with “allegations that people close to them have conspired to siphon money from threadbare public health systems or maneuvered to cheat the state out of tax revenue.” Within that same article, Edgar Gutiérrez, a head researcher at the University of San Carlos, described how several generations of families marched this past weekend. Mr. Gutiérrez asserted that, “If people do not demand change; the politicians will never do it, nor will the economic elites.”
A couple of months before the protest, a 15-year-old girl from Guatemala addressed the United Nations. The girl, Emelin, spoke about “obstacles girls face in her community.” In her speech Emelin stated that, “The biggest problems we face as adolescents in [her] community are early pregnancy, [child]birth, sexual violation and lack of education and health care.” Now, a couple months later, citizens are now protesting for better public health systems. ABC International News reported that a U.N commission was formed to investigate this scandal.
In final analysis, the citizens of Guatemala have protested. What will happen next? Will the president get impeached or will he continue with his administration?
Until next time,
“No matter how many pictures we could have taken, no matter how high the resolution, no camera could have accurately captured the breathtaking, luminous elegance of the beach sunset. This journey has stripped me of my predictable, surface humanitarian tendencies and aroused my inner global citizen. Now…how’s THAT for culture shock?”— Precious Ekeanyanwu, Costa Rica