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Month: March 2013

The Tauranga Chapter

It’s been a little over a month since my arrival to this side of the Pacific, and the homesickness is starting to kick in ever so slightly. I miss the sound of mariachi static and tamale vendors, the taste of horchata with carne asada mixed with a splash of smog. I miss my adopted city of Los Angeles and all the people, trials and tribulations that come with it. That’s not to say that I’m not loving my extended study-vacation in Aotearoa. I was able to find a slice of Latin America last Thursday night at Circolombia: Urban. This incredible…

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Rest In Peace, Comandante

Words cannot express my sadness at the passing of Hugo Chávez. A visionary. Though there will be celebrations in streets across the United States tonight, I believe we lost an incredible man, an idealistic warrior who stood up to the government of the United States and told them to go fuck themselves. We will now, undeniably and unfortunately, see turmoil and chaos in this country for a good while. What Chávez instilled could only be upheld by Chávez himself, and the institutions that he created across a continent will now suffer a slow death. It’s not to say that he…

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Bienvenidos a Nueva Zelanda

Close to three weeks have passed since I first arrived in New Zealand, and unfortunately now is the first time I’ve decided to sit down and record my thoughts and experiences. This beautiful land of uninhabited islands, small towns and overpriced food is extremely hard to characterize. In Auckland, specifically, you have an incredibly diverse population that exemplifies the “salad bowl” philosophy. You have the native Kiwis and Maoris, you have Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean populations, you have Indian and Middle Eastern ethnic groups and a hoard of Europeans all in the same boat. Auckland does not…

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