Things are going well for me for the most part. It is exceedingly hot down here and the mosquitoes are starting to bite, but other than that it is good. I have made friends with some of the locals in San Andres. One is my Spanish teacher, who´s name is Rember. On Wednesday I didn´t take a class so he took me to a nearby town to meet a friend of his. This friend had to flee El Salvador during the civil war for political reasons so he went to the US and now speaks very good English. We hung out and he taught me how to make yogurt and cheese. He also has dreams of getting a farm and having bungaloes there so that people can work the farm for their stay. I think this is an excellent idea.
My other friend is a 4 year old boy named Albertito (little Albert). He is quite wonderful and speaks to me in spanish even though I don´t understand. I take him to the library at night when I can and he holds my hand. That is usually a highlight of my day.
Yesterday I left San Andres for the weekend to go to Tikal. I spent last night camped out in a hammock and this morning (at 5 am) watching the sunrise from the top of a mayan temple. I saw spider monkeys and weird catlike raccoon things. I also saw turkeys (wild) which are actually beautiful animals that make crazy noises. I also saw toucans and parrots. I faced my fear of heights and climbed giant ruins. One of the crazy things about Tikal is the way the buildings were all built so that on certain days (equinox and solstice) the sun rises and sets in particular patterns with the buildings. It´s difficult to explain but really cool. Oh I also saw a crocodile!
Tonight I am staying in a town called El Remate which is on the same lake as San Andres but about halfway between there and Tikal. It is really tranquil and I have a bathroom actually in my room. Yay!