Protect This! : Psittacanthus gigas

So….. For your look into the glory that is the Wildlife of Colombia today, let me present to you : Psittacanthus gigas. Psittacanthus gigas is a mistletoe from Colombia that was discovered by the late, great botanical explorer, Alwyn Gentry. It lives in the wild in three locations, all in the Buenaventura area. Now, this […]

Protect This! : Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine

So… For your quick glimpse into the majesty that is the Colombian Ecosystem today, let me present to you to the Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine. The Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine is one of the species listed as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, meaning this cutie is facing a high risk […]

Protect This! : Cotton-Top Tamarin

So……. For your glimpse into the beauty that is the Colombian Ecosystem today, let me present to you to the Cotton-Top Tamarin. This adorable New-World primate (weighing in at less than 700 grams and 23cm from head to tail) is currently classified as Critically Endangered, and lives only in a small section of Colombia. This […]

Protect This! : Handley’s Slender Mouse Opossum

So….. For todays piece of Colombian Wildlife, let me introduce you to the Handley’s Slender Mouse Opossum. This cute little Opossum (weighing in at less than 90 grams and 300mm total length) is currently classified as Critically Endangered, and lives only in a small section of Colombia. The entirety of this species is believed to […]

Protect This!

So…. Currently, the Pathfinders are in Minca, a town in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Colombia. We are working with MisiĆ³n Gaia, a local Non-Government Organization, to help protect biological diversity, develop low-impact environmental processes, promote awareness of conservation and responsible consumption, and encourage respect for nature. This translates into us working on a […]

The Story of Two Drinks

So… Recently, while traveling through Guayaquil, I purchased two delicious, Ecuadorian produced drinks. One was a delicious tomatillo juice, and the other was a Rockstar energy drink. Now, I know what you are asking… How on earth is the Rockstar energy drink Ecuadorian? As it turns out, dear reader, there is a bottling plant in […]

Clean Water by the Numbers

Water is one of the most, if not the most, important molecules for all life as we know it. Water makes up about 65% of the mass of a human cell, and about 98.73% of the molecules in the human cell. Water makes up more than 70% of the earth’s surface. And water played a […]

Step 4

So, While traveling abroad, and teaching, and working, and just existing in a drastically different environment and culture, I occasionally run into little problems where I have no idea what is going on. This type of problem occurs when ordering food, but it is seldom important, as the food is usually delicious. This type of […]

Weights and Measures

So, A friend of mine told me how brave I was for writing about something as sensitive as my own obesity. I disagree…. For me, talking about my weight when I was large was easy. It is easy for me to poke fun at myself and show vulnerability through jokes about something I’m shamed about. […]

Turning malaria into a positive thing: fundraising time!

So, I’m currently ill, and am not able to due much, but I am doing this: So, it’s time for our Ghana Fundraiser. But, as I am typing this, I am fighting malaria… Not in the humanitarian, handing out mosquito nets and medicine way, but in the malaria is in my blood way…. In the […]