Guatemala: The People

I walk into one of the many tiendas (cornerstores) along the street. There is a couple who has just entered and a man working behind the counter. We each say, “good evening” to each other, then the man proceeds to help the couple as I look at the wine bottles that line the shelves. This…

Appreciating these Moments

I hear light drops beyond the walls of my apartment. I step outside to confirm that it is indeed raining and, as I ponder the clouds and my plan to leave in 5 minutes, I notice the way the sun is lighting the distant sky. There are clouds overhead but on the horizon, behind one…

Mis Vacaciones #2

The other day, I told you a little about the first week-ish of my summer vacation, ending with a luxury bus leaving Livingston. Let’s continue there. Week 2-ish: Guate, Guatemala, The City (but definitely not called Guatemala City) I arrive at the bus station in an air conditioned bus, my seat reclined. I’m feeling well…

Mis Vacaciones #1

Alright. I’m gonna take a short break from Spanish to update you on my summer travels. Then I’ll translate it into Spanish simply for fun and practice (would you like to read that?). I have a total of 5 weeks vacation before I need to be back to work. I stayed at school a week…

Jungle Paradise

Entry #1 Trees, leaves, branches, continue endlessly, below the glassy surface of calm, undisturbed waters. I can’t tell what’s real and what is a reflection on the still water. Time has stopped, all other humans cease to exist; it’s just me, nature, and all it’s lovely creatures. I hear the distant howls of some animal…

My Little Roommates

One thing about living in Guatemala is that, even though I live alone, I’m not really alone. There’s always some sort of living thing walking or flying around. Sometimes they’re harmless little flies or ants. Other times they’re annoying mosquitos. Occasionally there will be some winged insect that will repeatedly charge into the wall or…

Two Days in Xela

Do I want to stay in Guatemala? Should I study Spanish here? Perhaps I can study in Nicaragua, or even just really study and immerse myself without paying a ton for lessons? Is it cheaper here or there? What if I get there and the accent is harder to understand and I’ll wish I had…

Lago Atitlan: My New Home for 6 Weeks

I can’t believe I’ve been here for almost two weeks now!!! I applied, via Workaway, one Thursday evening, and I got really lucky that they needed someone ASAP. I arrived in Santa Cruz on Lake Atitlan the following Sunday. I’ve committed to 6 weeks. I work 6 days each week, usually about 5.5 hours a…