Guatemalan Encounters: Monterico
Jul18

Guatemalan Encounters: Monterico

I had had enough of the city. It was time for some nature in my life. My family and I spent the weekend of my birthday at Monterico, a beach in Guatemala. Most people think that I live near the beach, but they are wrong. I live in the city, and in order to get to either coast it is a three-hour ride. It had been around two years since I last went to the beach, so it was nice to have this as a birthday gift. The ride to the beach was...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Paint Fusion Party
Jul17

Guatemalan Encounters: Paint Fusion Party

My birthday celebrations continued with a party called "Paint Fusion" at a club in Guatemala called Sin Prive. I had never gone to this place until that night. Well, I lie... the last time I ever went there, about three years ago, it was under another name. In Guatemala, the life of a club is of about the length of the summer, and the "it" club changes regularly. My sister was the one who told me that everyone was going to Sin Prive...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Irtra Petapa
Jul15

Guatemalan Encounters: Irtra Petapa

There is no such thing as a one-day birthday for me. Since my birthday is during summer vacation, I am able to celebrate it all season long, with all my family. So, my family and I decided to do a little trip around some of the main attractions in Guatemala. We began our tour with a day in the city. We went to Irtra Petapa, which is an amusement park inside the city. It is like our own version of Universal Studios, but very small....

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The First Week In Guatemala
Jun13

The First Week In Guatemala

The first few days of being back home proved to be very packed and entertaining. I thought that I would not be going out too much, or that there would not be too many fun events in the first few days, but I was wrong. The first event of the summer was the Academic Award Ceremony of my old high school. My younger sister received a Drama Award for her outstanding performances in that class, so my parents and I went to see her. I was so...

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The Final Days in NY
Jun07

The Final Days in NY

Before going back to Guatemala and officially starting my summer break, I decided to stay for a few more days after graduation in New York. At first I thought that I would not have anything to do, but then I remembered that it is New York City — there are plenty of things to do. My adventures began right after graduation when I was invited to the house of one of my brothers to celebrate his graduation. We were greeted warmly by his...

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Graduation
May29

Graduation

One of the many reasons I decided to stay for a while longer after final exams was graduation. I wanted to see my close friends and many of my brothers, including my big brother, graduate. It is a very emotional day with many happy tears. But before graduation even happens, there is what we call "Senior Week," an entire week of special plans and parties for the graduating seniors. The events range from a Wet N' Wild slide in front of...

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The Final Greek Event of the Year
May24

The Final Greek Event of the Year

This year came and went so fast that it seems like only yesterday when I first introduced myself on HawkTalk. Being in a Greek organization, one of our many exclusive events is our final event, which we call "Formal." Formal is basically a type of dance where all the brothers invite dates to a nice hotel to enjoy dinner and a night of dancing. Every Greek house has its own formal and members of other fraternities and sororities are...

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