A “chapa” by any other name

This is a more recent piece, written in July 2013.  Tonight our group of Latin American international friends collectively learned that the word chapa: …in DR means “ass” …in Nicaragua means “earring” …in Honduras means “bottle cap” …in Mexico means “cheekbone” …and in Bolivia means “making out”. Ahhh the endlessly fun world of international Spanish! So much…

We spend hours each day visiting poor batey communities

But in reality we don’t have to drive 3 hours to see the face of poverty. It is everywhere, even here in our nice hotel. It’s the blank stare of a plainly dressed, dark-skinned woman sitting on the lobby couch next to a well-dressed, older white man It’s the same girl quietly crossing herself and…