Month: April 2010

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Zapatistas and Graffiti

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to San Cristobal de las Casas is to learn more about the EZLN, or Zapatista movement.  The Zapatistas are a group of indigenous people who rebelled against the Mexican government in 1994, corresponding with the date the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted.  The EZLN ...

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San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas is a stunning city about 8 hours away from where I’m renting a house in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  Normally I would go for the chicken buses and save money, but I took a shuttle bus there because I wanted to take a brain break.  You can arrange to get to Mexico...

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Getting Creative With Electrical Outlets

This is what happens when you buy your computer in Australia, then you need a huge converter for a Latin American plug, then you need to convert your 3 prong into 2 prong, and use it with a barely functioning outlet.

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Semana Santa in Xela

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is one of the biggest celebrations in Guatemala.  I was in Quetzaltenango, or Xela, during the Friday and Saturday before Easter.  I can’t explain too well what was going on as I don’t have much working knowledge of the Bible, but there’s an article here that goes more in depth. ...