The year 2017 was filled with many things I’d rather forget, but at the same time, over the course of the year many exciting new things have come my way. For instance I moved to Guatemala, and I’m now teaching English. I’ve met some really great people and made some new friends. And I’m volunteering at EntreMundos, the place I’ve been calling home since this summer. Living here has its perks, like when the staff was cleaning and re-organizing their offices, turning up lots of back issues of Revista EntreMundos, some dating back to the early 2000s. Of course I grabbed some of these early editions and began to looking into the organization’s history and some of the things that were happening in Guatemala at the time.
The year also brought some changes to the podcast. I’ve made a decision to improve the overall quality which also meant cutting back the number of episodes I produce. I was really happy with the episode with Hadiya Sewer who spoke about her experience with Hurricane Irma on St. John. And I was just as excited about the episode featuring Valeria Ayerdi (former editor of EntreMundos magazine) and Anabella Acevedo of the feminist collective Todas Contra la Violencia and their 2nd annual festival in Xela. Radio EntreMundos is a podcast series featuring interviews with EM staff recorded in Spanish, and the Travelogue Media Forum is a new Facebook page created to offer listeners a way to include their comments in the show.
I’m really looking forward to the January-February 2018 edition of EntreMundos. As a contributor to the magazine I get a sneak preview of some of the articles. Without giving away too much I can tell you about two really good articles in particular: A Look at Indigenous Law and TV Maya: The Multicultural Channel of Guatemala. So keep an eye out for those articles in the next edition! I’ll include the links once they become available. Until then you can take a peek at TV Maya on YouTube or UStream.
Here’s to everyone having a terrific 2018. Happy New Year!