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May 22, 2007

Preparing

After an eventful trip to New York City (photos here) and Long Island for a friend's wedding, I am spending a few days here in Wilmington, NC to unwind from a busy semester, spend time with my girlfriend, and prepare mentally for two months out of the country. Two friends and I leave Saturday morning for San Pedro Sula, the nearest big city to the little town where we'll be living for a month. I'm excited about returning and being able to see all the people I met last year, and hopefully become even better friends with the local guys we hire to help us in the field. Research wise I'm expecting a relatively laid back work schedule, as the ratio of time spent collecting data to information yield is in my favor. The first week of July another grad student and I will hop over to Guatemala City to spend a month working on another project. As was the case last year phone and internet communication will be limited, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Posted by Will at 02:01 PM

May 07, 2007

Tired

The semester has come to a relatively painless close. Not much to blog about nor do I have any particular motivation to do so. Austin was a big success and the paper went well, and the time spent in Texas made Florida seem that much more, er, Florida-ish. Never one to dwell on the downside of life, I'm looking forward to heading home to NC this Saturday for a few days and then to New York for my buddy's wedding. The lady and I will be spending a Thursday night in Manhattan at a hotel in the Upper West Side neighborhood, about two blocks from the American Museum of Natural History, one of the "big boys" of American anthropology institutions. I promise I didn't plan it that way. Honduras is a little under three weeks away where I'll spend about four weeks drinking Salva Vida and collecting data, then hop over to Guatemala City for another (much welcome) month of GPS mapping.

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Posted by Will at 07:13 PM