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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 […]

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. […]