Things I have learned in Guatemala (so far)

  • A bit of Spanish.
  • To like (maybe that’s not the perfect word) instant coffee.
  • Related: to appreciate real coffee.
  • That around $3 US per hour here is enough to support myself on very few hours. The kind-of-sort-of-enforced minimum wage here in Guatemala is around $7 per day.
  • That I really like learning languages, or at least Spanish.
  • That learning languages is difficult and frustrating but very rewarding.
  • That I like teaching English even though I’m not very good at it (yet). I’m studying this in addition to Spanish.
  • That a meal without tortillas is missing something very important.
  • Many more, too, but I’m not writing them here.

I’m alive! I’m still liking it a lot here. I’m working most days, but only a couple of hours. I’m learning lots. Have any questions? Post or email!


  1. Grandpa & Grandma said,

    April 9, 2009 at 20:03

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your time in Guatemala and learning things as well!
    You didn’t mention the Guatamalan girls ???? (Grandma says to tell you that was my question not hers).

    Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY. We were thinking of you on the 4th. Heard from your Mom you had a good birthday with lots of cake.

    Lots of Love,
    Grandma and Grandpa

  2. Sister said,

    April 15, 2009 at 13:38

    I tried to leave a comment on your post with the short story, but it would not let me. So I am going to post about it here.

    You should write a book of short stories. Very short stories. Yes please.

    I think it is great you get to study three hours a day with a tutor! Good work. You should learn a lot very quickly.

    Ok, that is all

    Love K