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…

I Will Speak Spanish

How do I not speak Spanish? I lived in Mexico for 2 years, I spent a month in Spain one summer, and I’ve been in Guatemala for almost 6 months. And I don’t speak Spanish!! Well, not really. If someone asks me if I speak Spanish, I can’t confidently say, “Yeah, I do”. Rather, something…

You Are What You Eat

It’s been a gradual change, over many years. There was never a goal (lose 10 pounds, have a smaller waist, have lower blood pressure) or diet (low carbs, no sugar, Paleo): only learning and living based on my knowledge and what makes me feel good. Upon reflection, I realize that I am now eating a…

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…

Stars!

Stars. It’s been too long since I’ve seen stars like these. They’re not even that magnificent, as most are hidden in the haze. But stars… I can see stars! I don’t want to have to survive the daytime without power – trying to prepare for classes without a computer and printer? Eek! All the food…

Where Next?

It’s been a while. I’ve missed you. I do hope to be back with some more frequency… at least for the next month while I’m in a good routine. But after that one month? Well, who knows. Who knows how often I’ll be blogging, where I’ll be, or what I’ll be doing. In exactly one…

Where now? Teaching in Panajachel!

I was in Santa Cruz for 6 weeks, volunteering at an amazing hostel/hotel. I was very grateful to not have wifi but, at the same time, my blogging really suffered. Not for lack of ideas, but lack of motivation and organization – getting online, using good old-fashioned flash drive to transfer my writing from my…

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…