A decade ago, my friend and yoga teacher, Jordan Mallah, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in La Grama. Every few years since, he’s arranged a “service” trip where he convinces a group of people from the United States to come build a local library, or assist on a town-wide water project. The 2011 project was to plant an organic vegetable garden behind el colegio, the local grammar school.
It just occurred to me recently that most of my friends have so little teeth I can count them on one hand. Their glowing smiles radiate joy and I quickly forget that our cultures are worlds apart. For example, barely anyone I know here has a bathroom, sink, or shower. Every time I go to […]