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…

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…

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…

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…