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Another tragic story out of Seven Corners, Va. His wife got away safe, but Alvaro Zepeda will be missed by those who knew him.

Thanks to my Spanish, I got to learn a little about Mr. Zepeda. Everybody I talked to described him as a friendly and helpful member of the community.

My latest for The Washington Post. Special thanks to Dana Hedgpeth for doing the first write based on police reports and to Luz Lazo (an American University alumna!) for helping me with the more advanced Spanish.


Fairfax stabbing leaves man dead, woman injured
BY DANA HEDGPETH AND ZACH C. COHEN

Luz Lazo contributed to this report.

The Washington Post
Feb 21 2014

A Fairfax County man was stabbed and killed and woman was wounded Thursday morning at an apartment complex in Seven Corners, county authorities said. Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a low-rise brick apartment building on John Marshall…read more…

Read the story online at washingtonpost.com.

This post has been updated with thanks to Dana and Luz.

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Photos of our class field trip to Sarchí, the biggest, but most beautiful, tourist trap I’ve ever seen.

Just like the States, choices between cell phone providers are limited. Here, Claro, Movistar and Kölbi reign supreme.

I bought a Claro cell phone one of the first days I was in Costa Rica. And for months, I’ve been trying to get them to stop harassing me with promotions and ads in the form of text messages multiple times a day. Buy these minutes! Two for one minutes today! Buy today!

This is a story of lies, doublespeak and corporate incompetence.

Read the rest of the story, most of which is in Spanish.

'Why I quit my internship'

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I’ll be leaving PBS MediaShift (and it’s podcast, Mediatwits) on Sept. 4.

Long story short, I realized I needed to spend more time on my academic pursuits (especially when all of my homework is in Spanish) and exploring Costa Rica to its fullest extent.

Read this post on IFSA-Butler’s Study Abroad blog on my reasoning to give up the best internship I’ve ever had.

Thanks to Steff Dazio, Paige Jones, Rachel Karas and probably other people who told me to do this a long time ago and waited for me to make my own decision. I appreciate your patience and your concern for my well-being.

IFSA blog 7.22.13

Today was my last full day in Liberia, one of the bigger cities in Guanacaste, the northwest region of Costa Rica.

I had a great time climbing volcanoes, touring the clubs and dancing/singing with ticos.

But one the best, worst parts of my first week here: Spanish.

Read the rest of the post here. 

UPDATE: July 22

I misspoke in the original headline, “Learning Spanish, poco por poco.” The saying is, “poco a poco.” Clearly I’m not learning Spanish as quickly as I thought. h/t to Paige Jones for pointing out the error.