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Change and uncertainty

Two things I incessantly avoid

Stability and security

Two things I incessantly want

Head first it hits me

The uncertainty of change

The change of uncertainty

I remain uncertain about change

I change as I remain uncertain

I am told that only time will tell

Then what will it tell?

Please tell…

Preoccupied by what I cannot control

I drive myself down a tunnel of whimsy

Deep down into the abyss of smoke

There lies a hookah-smoking caterpillar

Who I hope will tell me my future

“Where am I headed?”

No response, only a puff

Then comes silence, and a question…

“Whoooo are youuuuu?”

I do not know the answer to the question

But, I do know that this will change


For over ten years, Eliska Rejmánková, a professor of Wetland Ecology at UC Davis and the faculty leader for the Summer Abroad Guatemala, “Ecological and Social Issues” program, has been researching Lake Atitlán, the deepest lake in Central America. Located in the western highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán has been frequently described as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

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Lake Atitlán in the early morning

Enraptured by the lake and its beauty, Professor Rejmánková decided to return to Lake Atitlán after her first time visiting in 2002.

“Once you come here [Lake Atitlán], you always come back,” Professor Rejmánková said.

Nearly thirteen years…


Roughly the size Ohio, Guatemala is one of the world’s largest coffee producers and “has the highest percentage of its crop classified as high quality.” Some of the nation’s best coffee is actually produced within its western highlands near the well-known Lake Atitlán.

Although the demand of Guatemalan coffee has significantly increased over the years, multiple environmental issues like climate change have impacted its agricultural systems as well as rates of coffee production.

Along with the hundreds of farms across Guatemala that have been impacted by climate change, local farms near Lake Atitlán have been particularly hit hard by the…


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Local tienda in the nearby town of Panajachel

Globalization. Neoliberalism. Corporate power. Political corruption. Environmental degradation. These forces are not mutually exclusive systems as they depend upon each other to maintain an endless, perpetuating cycle that reinforces the distinction between the oppressor and the oppressed.

As scholar Heather Eaton stated, “globalization refers to processes of global economic restructuring with a specific economic and technological agenda that alters basic modes of cultural organization and international exchange in many parts of the world.” But precisely what drives periods of mass globalization?

Although this question does not have one simple answer, the rule of colonial difference is one of the primary…


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Lake Atitlán

As writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley once stated in his 1934 travel book Beyond the Mexique Bay, “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.”‪

Located in the western highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán, the deepest lake in Central America, has been frequently described as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Along with its breathtaking aesthetic qualities, more than 100,000 people in the region rely on the lake for their primary source…

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"The only thing worth globalizing is dissent." - Arundhati Roy

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