Spreading the Word September 28, 2001
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Posted: September 28, 2001
Spreading the Word
Newport, Rhode Island
September 28, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
We were ready for a visit home. Despite how much we loved backpacking in Guatemala, after more than a month traveling the dusty roads of the highlands, I was craving a long, hot bath with a loofah sponge, a good haircut, unlimited salads, and a perfectly made cup of Earl Grey tea with 2% milk. Douglas also was talking about cravings: less fattening food, bookstores, and getting back to playing handball at the YMCA with his buddies. Being on the road made us sorely miss our live-aboard routines, the cleanliness...... Read More

Southern Exposure - 9/27/01
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Posted: September 27, 2001
Southern Exposure - September 27, 2001
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Prophets & Profits: My Man San Simón September 21, 2001
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Prophets & Profits: My Man San Simón
Zunil, Guatemala
September 21, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
Wherever Bernadette and I have traveled, the search and discovery of religious folk art delights me. Effigies, especially the puppet style, sculptural depictions of people and gods, serve up my favorite glimpses into the unconscious of everyday life in any culture. My preference is for idiosyncratic, less emotionally constricted, and less self-conscious folk art, as opposed to the politically correct, official portrayals of deities that are jammed cheek by jowl in so many religious sanctuar...... Read More

Arriving Where We Started - 9/20/01
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Posted: September 20, 2001
Arriving Where We Started - September 20, 2001
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The Scorched Earth of Todos Santos Septem
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Posted: September 14, 2001
The Scorched Earth of Todos Santos
September 14, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
This week, like most other Americans, Douglas and I are galvanized by television images of the monstrous terrorist attacks against the United States; like everyone else, we talk of little else. We try to understand why. We watch in stunned silence. We ask, how could so much hatred be possible? Spending as much time outside the country this year as we have has opened our eyes to the vision people in other nations have of America, and sometimes this complicated negative perspective has been hard to take. An incident ha...... Read More

What Do You Do All Day - 9/13/01
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Posted: September 13, 2001
What Do You Do All Day? September 13, 2001
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The Chicken Buses of Guatemala September 7, 2001
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Posted: September 07, 2001
The Chicken Buses of Guatemala
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
September 7, 2001
By Douglas Bernon



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Blood Relations - 9/6/01
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Posted: September 06, 2001
Blood Relations - September 6, 2001
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Thumbelina Does Guate September 1, 2001
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Posted: September 01, 2001
Thumbelina Does Guate
Guatemala City
September 1, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
"So, what happened to your thumb?"
I've been hearing this question nonstop lately from other cruisers, and curious locals, as they notice the conspicuous, gauze-swaddled digit on my left hand.
"Skin infection," I'd say to the cruisers. "No biggie. I'm on an antibiotic." Mercifully, this usually would end the discussion.
"Very WEIRD skin infection," I'd say to the locals, which usually aroused their interest. Guatemalans, it turns out, know all about weird tropical skin prob...... Read More

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