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Bullshit in Ecuador

One of the biggest weaknesses in navigating South America is not being able to count higher than six. The best way to practice counting is to play Bullshit while waiting in line at the Ecuador border. I did this yesterday. Bullshit is a game requiring lies and deceit. The aim […]

We were born to run in Peru

I’ve been listening to a lot of Bruce Springsteen lately. It’s a bit blasphemous to soak in his voice while living in a small Peruvian town. But right now he speaks to me. Maybe without him I would have quit this teaching course that nears its end – stressed with […]

The Tortuga Bubbler

I remember swimming with the turtles, and I will remember that for a long time. I remember standing on a pier out on the coast south of Mancoura. There were tourists but none that stood out like myself and my friends. I remember the squeals from these tourists as I […]

Super gringo divertido

I have heard the most beautiful sound in the world and that sound is pre-schooler children calling out in the street, “hola senor!” I just want to call back “hola Bambinos” but I don’t in case I burnzy it up and confuse them. I’m not even sure bambinos is correct […]

People and their creatures

  There are some days with no expectations tied to them that contain the best moments. Such a case happened the day after my birthday. It began painfully as I was in a class on how to teach English all day while enduring a birthday hangover. But then I took […]

La Playa

My feet are in the sand as I stare out to the horizon in the early morning. There is an oil rig in the distance just where my eyes might gaze into nothingness. I see the flames above the water. Fire in the sky. On the land to my right […]

El Gringo Idiota

It’s 5am in the morning, the waves crash on the beach to my right as I lay on my bed, and the race that stops my nation has come and gone while I was sleeping. Fortunately, the mosquitoes seem to be somewhere else but it may be that the glow […]