1. Guatemala Hogtied Crock

    While eating breakfast one morning my host dad, Fernando, asked me, "Lisa, were you frightened?" I had no idea what he was talking about. "No. Why?" I replied. "I thought maybe you saw the crocodile outside when you went to the bathroom this morning." "Crocodile?" I thought, "Am I translating this right?" So, I peered outside and sure enough there was a hogtied crocodile laying 5 feet from the front door. The crocodile had been terrorizing the...

  2. Guatemala Feria Blues... and Pinks, and Yellows and...

    Guatemalan feria worker patiently awaiting passengers for his colorful carousel.

  3. Guatemala Styrofoam Wedding

    As the young Guatemalan bride sits down with her groom to eat their reception lunch, the "girl bride" is busy playing with styrofoam flakes that showered the newlyweds after they exchanged their vows.

  4. Niger Tabaski Henna

    My host-sister in Niger washes her feet after applying henna in preparation of the celebration of Tabaski.  

  5. India Postscript to history

    All the attention to the 40th anniversary in 2009 of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, reminded me of my own peculiar little footnote to this historic event. At the time, I was a Peace Corps volunteer living in the north-central Indian village of Rajnagar (rough translation: Kingston) where I was working, together with my colleague Jagdish Prasad Mishra, a "village level worker" (i.e., an agricultural extension agent), to help the local farmers increase their wheat...

  6. Guatemala An Offering

    An "anciano", or ancient, Mayan man offers a passionfruit from his tree.

  7. Guatemala Vigilance

    Isabel swings incense over the graves of her family on Dia de Todos Santos

  8. Guatemala Culture Clash

    A Mayan grandma wrapped in traditional clothes supports her granddaughter wearing an American flag bandana

  9. Guatemala Sitting

    An ancient Mayan man sits outside his house. 

  10. Guatemala Break

    An old Mayan woman takes a break from weaving

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.