About Me

I'm a geologist & educator. I'm passionate about environmental science, ethics, and broad issues of human development. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years (2010-2012) in the Western Highlands of Guatemala in the environment sector.

I'm currently living on the gorgeous Upper Peninsula of Michigan and finishing my Peace Corps Master's International degree.

"Tal" Vez en Cuando

If you're curious, "Tal vez en cuando" is an inside joke originating from my unfortunate habit in Peace Corps of picking up new phrases by ear. The "by ear" method sometimes worked well, but on occasion I would hear something incorrectly and cement it in my brain incorrectly, then repeat the same mistake over and over until someone caught it.

So it was that for six months I thought "Tal vez en cuando" meant "once in awhile" (de vez en cuando). Now that I know better I like to think that "Tal vez en cuando" would refer to a special moment, meaning something like: "Some certain time in which". In reality it still doesn't mean anything except "inarticulate gringa."

1 comment:

  1. Good Day!

    Sorry to bother you. My name is Ray Blakney and I am a RPCV from Mexico. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. I have created a sub-section on the website my wife and I run - http://www.livelingua.com - with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV's). I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios and even some videos.

    The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the world out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV's or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use. I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site at:


    so that people know it is there. There should be something there for almost everybody. It is all 100% free to use and share. Here is the specific page of the Peace Corps Archive:


    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don't hesitate to pass them my email. Thanks and have a great day.

    Ray Blakney