Thursday, April 24, 2008

More on Bananas

I blogged a couple months ago about bananas. Turns out the Banana as we know it is in danger of going extinct because of a fungus that's killing all the banana trees. The latest episode of "Science Talk," the podcast of Scientific American, talks about it. Interesting stuff.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Visit highlights and other goings-on

The Bay of Trujillo
Originally uploaded by StormyPetrel
Just a quick update since it's been a while. I haven't written recently because for the first two weeks of April I was hosting Nina, who came down to visit before driving cross-country to start school in upstate New York. Lots of photos in my Flickr photstream.

Highlights: Lot's of beach time, reading New Yorker articles, and drinking delicious coffee from Philz. Brent's despedida. A hike to the top of Calentura that didn't exactly go as planned. (We ran out of water and despite it being hot and sunny there were clouds obstructing the views). Chili night with friends and coworkers from Trujillo. A small hurricane in Tela. A delicious final meal in La Ceiba. Meeting Honduran novelist Roberto Quesada. Navigating a roadblock and hundreds of screaming protesters to get to the airport. Hitchiking back to Trujillo and getting followed by some hoodlum in Savá.

After Nina left, I had to jump right back into work, with a three-day Men's Health workshop with 28 participants. The third day (Sunday) the participants did their practicum; my group went to a nearby army base. The soldiers were great participants, and we had a lot of fun working with them.

And now I'm busy, busy, busy... but I love it. May will see me traveling on Peace Corps related business once a week for the whole month. A survey of People with HIV in Trujillo is nearing completion and I'm going to be compiling all the data and preparing a report. And soon two new volunteers will be arriving in nearby Santa Fe to start their service! I'm excited to meet them. I hope they're as cool as Brent (just kidding guys, no pressure).