To Dream the Impossible Dream

July 14, 2011


Windmills in the Night

As is the case of many gringas who end up with latinos, I was a Spanish major in college.  At my school, the Spanish program was really a literature degree, and I focused my studies on Latin America.  Popul Vuh, Sor Juana, magical realism, the Boom, feminist poetry, revolutionary theater, so on.  It’s good stuff. But […]

Posted in: Poetry

The Pores They Are a-Changin’

July 13, 2011


aka, Lifesaver.

Moving abroad makes your body go whack. Of course there’s the obvious stuff the Travel Nurse warns you of: bacteria in the water, don’t eat the lettuce, yada yada.  Sure enough, upon arriving to El Salvador I ate something iffy (everything’s iffy) and got sick.  Went to the hospital.  Came back.  Had bouts of not being […]

Phone Home!

July 8, 2011


Phone Home!

Those of us who are living abroad or in a long-distance relationship have it so easy compared to even just five years ago.  I love it every time I call my Grandpa, and he exclaims with thrill: “Oh, Jenny!  You’re calling from El Salvador?!  It sounds like you’re just in the other room!”  I laugh […]

Posted in: Expat living

Immigration Tips

July 7, 2011


As a follow-up to my post on my immigration escapade to Tapachula awhile back, I’m sharing a few pointers for avoiding immigration “issues.”  Immigration goes more smoothly when you’re prepared, so keep these thoughts in mind to navigate the immigration seas with ease: 1.  Know Your Plans When you have a vision for where you want […]

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 […]

Posted in: Poetry, Relationships

A Bit of Trivia

June 17, 2011


Here’s a fun fact to liven up your Friday: What are the two words in Spanish that utilize ALL vowels ONCE?  (i.e., all vowels are used, but none are repeated).       Scroll down for the answer.         Haven’t thought of ’em?  Okay, a couple hints:       And the […]

Posted in: Language

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.  […]

To Tapachula and Beyond!

June 6, 2011


Immigration hassles.  They’re inevitable if you’re married with (or wish to marry, or have to marry to stay with) someone from another country. For you, immigration messes might mean that crossing borders together isn’t easy — you juggle multiple passports and forms, you check visa requirements months in advance.  For others, perhaps crossing borders together […]

Your Personal Legend

June 1, 2011


It’s natural to go through periods — sometimes short snippets, other times long lapses — when life seems to get a little out of hand.  Have you ever felt this way?  External circumstances throw you for a loop, work piles up, you get swept up in a whirlwind of activities, or your commitments become too […]

Posted in: Poetry

He Said / She Said: Our Mothers

May 10, 2011


He Said / She Said lets us hear different perspectives on the same topic.  This week: While this past Sunday was Mother’s Day in the U.S., today (May 10th) is the date on which Mother’s Day is always celebrated in El Salvador.  It’ a big to-do here.  I mean, I know it is in the […]

Posted in: He Said / She Said