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My Life in San Andres

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!

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Horsies

In San Andres there are animals everywhere. Dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, cows and horses roam the streets. You can think you are walking all alone and all of a sudden a pig will run out of the bushes at you!

Today while I was swimming in the lake, three horses ran down the road toward me and into the lake. They stood 3 metres from me and drank agua. One was looking at me the whole time. And Im pretty sure one was pregnant as she had a HUGE belly (animals here are very skinny) that kept spasming.

Worry dolls
1) My relationship with Jonno
2) Loosing my mind
3) Menstruation (it really sucks when the bathroom is an outhouse)

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Not so Good Day

I am tired. Hot. And sweaty. Mateo (the volunteer coordinator) says tonight is cooler than last night but I dont believe him.

Food today was great with the exception of breakfast, which seemed to amount to some granola tossed into a big bowl of hot chocolate. I cant figure out if Martina (homestay mom) is making us food they eat in Guatemala or is attempting to cook Canada food. I got sick from breakfast. :( But tonight was tasty fried chicken and yesterday french fries. The family never eats with us.

I think my Spanish is getting better (could it have gotten worse?). I can now loosly string together sentences about my family, my country and myself. I can also ask for things.

Worry dolls
1) Ill get sick
2) Jonno wont adjust
3) Ill never be cold again

Posted by Eres 11:23 Archived in Guatemala Comments (0)

Parque Ecological

First day of volunteering and Spanish lessons today. The park is absolutely amazing. It is about 1km square but contains so much diversity! There are many different kinds of fruit trees, medicinal plants, a butterfly garden and even a tiny lake with a tiny crocadile! Unfortunately this is the only piece of jungle left in the area because people keep burning the forest to have cattle farms. :(

Today I saw a baby goose, just born a few hours earlier. It was so cute but seemed to be struggling. Then again, if I just popped out of and egg and had never seen the world before I suppose Id struggle too. I also saw many different kinds of beautiful butterflies. The colours here are as though someone took BC and turned up the colour times a hundred.

I also started Spanish today and managed to learn a bit. The teacher is good and teaches me in a straw hut in his backyard.

I have made good friends with the dog named Tigre. He follows me everywhere he can. The dogs bark at Jonno but not at me so I think Tigre has convinced them that Im ok.

Today as I wa drinking a Pepsi, a small child started asking me for it. I said no several times but he kept following me. I felt horrible. Why can I afford to travel for 10 weeks while he begs me for a pepsi and our homestay family has to take in students just to pay tuition for their daughter?

Worry Dolls
1) Ants and Snakes
2) Getting homesick
3) Being accepted

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San Andres

Overwhelmed but welcomed! I have arrived in San Andres, seen my room and met some of the people I will spend this next month with. It is beautiful here and the people are very kind. It is so different from home!

The people here made us tasty spaghetti with fresh, warm tortillas. They have been incredibly nice and accomodating of our awkwardness and inability to speak Spanish.

Th room here is cement with a screen window (which I am thankful for as giant bugs seem to keep flying into it and making loud bangs) and a fan. It is so incredibly hot and humid. Like 30 degrees at night! It is like being in a sauna all the time.

The bathroom is outside, past the barking dogs so Im scared to go when everyone is sleeping. Jonno also said there is a giant bug in there right now that looks like a spider and a cockroach had babies.

There is electricity and some running water sometimes.

Worry dolls for the night
1) Afraid I wont adjust
2) Afraid I will get homesick
3) Afraid of the animals and bugs

Posted by Eres 11:08 Archived in Guatemala Comments (0)

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