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You Make the Path by Walking

May 23, 2013


Last summer, perhaps in light of the fact that it was two years since Juan and I had taken a very long walk, I found  my reading preferences begin to wander to books on, well, very long walks. Bill Bryson’s (highly recommended, hilarious) account of hiking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail made my 500-mile Camino de Santiago seem […]

Organizing Principles

April 2, 2012


Spring, as we know, represents renewal and new life on both the physical and figurative level.  It’s a transition period not only for the earth but also for ourselves.  Last year, transition meant for me the initiation of new projects and pursuing exciting dreams.  This year my spring transitioning is taking on the form of […]

Play with your Life.

February 21, 2012


While he’s always enjoyed great critical acclaim, it’s Almodóvar‘s repertoire from 1999 onward that has received more popular success, starting with All About my Mother and including other truly great films such as Talk to Her, Volver, and recently La Piel que Habito. Personally though, I love Almodóvar’s work from the 80’s best. It was shocking, rebellious, cutting edge. Or as the renowned film critic Pauline Kael said, “[Almodóvar] reactivates the clichés […]

Are you a lovepat?

February 1, 2012


A friend of mine runs an e-magazine for “Third Culture Kids,” or TCKs.  Have you heard this term?  It refers to people who are raised in a culture other than their parents’.  For example, children of foreign service officers, military personnel, missionaries, or international business people are often considered TCKs. Readers of this blog may […]

On Starting Fresh

January 24, 2012


Right when the States is getting into the heart of winter, here in El Salvador we’re enjoying the “summer.”  For me it’s counterintuitive to call it that, since this is the coolest (relatively) time of the year.  But we call it summer simply because it’s not “winter,” that is, the rainy season. Let me tell […]

Home is whenever I’m with you

November 3, 2011


Jumping back and forth recently between El Salvador, Chicago, and Minnesota led to a crazy hopscotch of emotions.  Gratefulness to see loved ones, giddiness to get back to others, twinges of homesickness and nostalgia jumbled up with the sensation of feeling incredibly comfortable and at home.  I guess that’s to be expected when you have […]

Caminante, no hay camino…

July 19, 2011


One year ago today, Juan and I began walking.  We set out walking from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, in the French Basque Country.  We walked up the Pyrenees.  We walked down the Pyrenees.  Then we just kept walking.  We walked across Spain.  All of Spain.  Five hundred miles of Spain, until we hit the Atlantic coast.  And then […]

Love and Distance

June 30, 2011


Being in a cross-cultural couple often entails having to go through the hassle of managing your relationship from a far distance, for at least a little while. For those of you who have never had to love someone who is thousands of miles away, consider yourselves incredibly fortunate.  For those of you who have endured […]

You Say Lima, I Say Limón

June 15, 2011


Who doesn’t love Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ roller-skating dance number from Shall We Dance?  In case you haven’t enjoyed it before, this video definitely deserves the next 4 minutes of your life: It’s a funny love story with which I think we can all  relate a little: he’s a ballet dancer, she’s into tap.  […]

Birds, Bats, and… Paula Abdul?

April 14, 2011


On weekends away with friends, Juan and I always face the same dilemma: I want to relax, have interesting conversations, go to bed at a reasonable hour, rest fully, and wake up early the next morning so I can aprovechar del día.  Juan, however, likes to dance to loud techno music, stay up all night […]