Dispatch from the center of the American continent

19 Jun

If you´ve never talked to someone from Latin America about geography, you may not know that the rest of the hemisphere regards North and South America as not two, but one continent called América. People south of the Rio Grande also have this strange idea that all people in the Americas are Americans, so we from the United States shouldn´t refer to ourselves as “americanos” because they too, are americanos.

Yesterday I was told that Mulukuku, where we were working at a women´s cooperative clinic, was at the center of the country in the center of Central America, and therefore at the center of América, the continent. And I always that Kansas was in the center of America. Guess I was wrong.

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