Archive for February, 2009

Guatemala: day twenty-three

Jenny requested that I post in Spanish. Seems like good practice to me, so here it goes. It’s pretty simple, sorry. English follows.

Estoy in Quetzaltenango, se llama Xela. El nombre de la ciudad en la lengua de Quiche es Xelajú, pero para abreviar, “Xela”. Yo vino aqui del Lago Atitlan el lunes pasado. Xela parece una grand ciudad, pero yo pienso que es más pequeña que Portland, Oregon. La ciudad es la segunda ciudad en Guatemala.

Cinco dias por semana, más o menos, yo estudio con mi maestra, Alejandra, usualmente por tres horas. Por la noche, yo hago las tareas y a veces encuentro algunos amigos con quienes suelo estar.

Desde ayer, yo vivo con una familia. La madre de casa, Eluvia, cocina esayuno, almuerzo, y cena cada dia. La comida es simple pero buena.

También, yo tengo un numero del telefono aqui: +502 4082 5795.

En Inglés:

I’m in Quetzaltengo, called Xela. In the Quiche language, it’s called Xelajú, but Xela for short. Xela seems like a big city, but I think that it’s smaller than Portland, Oregon. Xela is the second biggest city in Guatemala.

Five days per week, more or less, I study with my teacher, Alejandra, usually for three hours. At night, I do my homework and sometimes meet some friends to hang out.

Since yesterday, I live with a family. The mother of the house, Eluvia, cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. The food is simple but good.

Also, I have a telephone number here: +502 4082 5795. (to dial from the states or canada it’s 01150240825795 or send text messages.)

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Guatemala: day thirteen

I’m still in San Pedro, just about to finish up my second week of Spanish lessons. It’s gone well, and living here is really great. These days I’m cooking eggs and toast for breakfast in the hotel kitchen, then eating out for my other meals. Most meals cost between 15 and 30 Quetzales, which works out to $2 to $4 or so. The hotel is 25Q per night, which is about $3.50! School is the most expensive thing here, but I think I’m going to take next week off just to study.

On top of the prices, the place is great. If it’s sunny, which it is most days, then it’s hot during the day. At night it gets a bit cool, around 10 C, but it’s not too bad. During the day I like to go swimming (only twice so far, but so what), to read in the hammock, to hang out with other kids at the hotel, to study, to eat, and to walk around. There is a good lending library at one of the local bars which I’m borrowing books from. There are also a few good hikes around here, but I haven’t done any of them yet. A few of the bars show movies every night, all pirated and some brand new. There are plenty of things to do!

I think I’m going to stay in San Pedro for another week or two and then move on to Xela, with a probable stop in Antigua to see my friend Rebecca.

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Guatemala: day six

I’m in San Pedro. I’m learning, slowly or quickly depending on how you look at it. I’ve met some neat people. I’m one giant bugbite. It’s hot in the day and cold in the night. It’s beautiful. Today I ran for the first time in Guatemala. It was difficult, both because of the altitude and the weather. I have to go to school now. Hasta luego.

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Guatemala: day one

The most important thing about that is that I don’t speak any spanish. I’m doing fine, though (so far, at least).

The Guatemala City airport doesn’t have an ATM in it. What’s up with that? It’s undergoing renovations so they don’t have ANYthing there right now. Pretty much just a bunch of taxis. I got a taxi and had the guy take me to an ATM in a gas station, (“I don’t have any money to pay you” translates pretty well) but it was still weird.

I overpaid a lot for the five minute taxi ride (70 Quetzales), but he took me to the bus that got me to Panajachel, a three plus hour ride, for 30Q, so it all worked out fine.

I’m spending the night here and heading across the lake tomorrow to find my school. Talk to you soon.

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