La Bitácora – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/13/2016

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

la bitácora

travel log, ship’s log, blog

The latest podcast from Radio Ambulante is entitled El Vacio and that is where I learned the word la bitácora.  Valeria Fernández describes her experiences reporting on the thousands of children who are attempting to cross Mexico’s southern border to escape drug and gang violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.  Many of the children are detained at the Mexican-Guatemalan border and do not make it any further.  Those who do manage to cross the border undetected encounter many dangerous situations as they try to make their way to the U.S. border.  Along with the podcast, the Radio Ambulante website provides Ms. Fernández’s bitácora of her travels through southern Mexico.

You can listen to the podcast in Spanish at Radio Ambulante.  A transcription is provided in both Spanish and English.  There is also a video, which is a trailer of a documentary film by Fernández.  Two Americans is about the lives of undocumented immigrant children in Arizona.  And, of course, you can look at the bitácora, which contains a map and photos of the heartbreaking journey these children undertake just to get through Mexico in their attempt to reach the U.S. border.

¡Hasta La Próxima!