Tour de Peace corps continued..

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Friday the 3rd we woke up around 8am and were very thankful that we decided not to get up at 6am to catch a bus out of Huehue. This way we were able to have a relaxed breakfast with Alleya and say our good byes. Once on the micro, Casey shed some tears at saying goodbye to her good friend. We got to Huehue and found that the bus we wanted was leaving at 11:30 instead of 11am so we loaded onto the bus and waited the hour till we left. This was a very nice ride as the bus was practically empty, we even had our packs on the bus with us instead of on the roof of the bus. We arrived in Sacapulas where we thought we would have to wait an hour or so but got right on a micro heading for Uspantan. This was a beautiful journey through the mountains lined with pine trees and palms, it is amazing to see both in the same area. The views were great when they were not hidden by rain and low lying clouds. We were spending the night in Uspantan to visit with a peace corp friend we met at the Halloween party, named Jon Miller. He met us in the town center and walked us to a school that he was running a youth program at. We said hello to the kids and then followed Jon to his house to set down our things. Back at the school we joined in on the fun. We each got on one of the teams in a relay race, we had to quickly put on a set of clothes (over our own) and run to our next team mate and change clothes and so one. My team lost both times but it was loads of fun and the kids were great. Next Jon set the kids on a scavenger hunt to find trash around town and bring it back. Guatemala has a terrible trash problem. With no real infrastructure to remove garbage, it usually ends up on the ground or in a river. Jon is teaching about environmental education. Jon also set me and Casey on our own scavenger hunt to the local market to find food for dinner. Back at the school there was a bon fire going strong on a sand pile right in the middle of the concrete ball field. This is whatīs called an urban campfire. Our mission was also to bring back Smores ingredients. Jon site mate quickly explained how to make Smores and I helped get the marshmallow to the cookies covered in chocolate. The Smores was a huge hit and the kids had a blast making them even though it was raining pretty hard. We then were treated to a group of local kids playing some great traditional music. What a interesting but exciting night we had walked in on. We are definitely getting a good peace corp experience. Back at Jonīs house he cooked us a great meal of lime chicken in pasta yum, we of course did the dishes. This is the way we like it, having people cook delicious meals that we clean up. While making our bed I found a young tarantula under the bed. We caught it in a jar and quickly searched the room to see if there were any more. There was, but the other one was not a tarantula although still big and scary looking, into another jar it went. The third spider we found Jon killed with his flip flop. After making sure the room was spider free we settled in to watch īClickī an Adam Sandler movie. Before going to bed Jon put the 2 spiders into the same jar to see what would happen. The tarantula immediately jumped on the other spider and bit it, presumably killing it. We slept dreaming of spiders.
Saturday the 4th we woke to find that the tarantula had completely eaten the other spider, cool. After breakfast we said our good byes to Jon and got a micro to Coban. This might just have been our best experience in transportation yet. At Jonīs instruction we sat in the front of the Micro (a mini van)next to the driver instead of in the back. This ensured our comfort while the back filled up with more and more people, we stayed comfortable up front. With good views and lots of leg room we enjoyed the sites as we traveled thought the mountains on some curvy unpaved roads to get to Coban. Hey Jon, thanks for the great travel tip AND for your hospitality at Hotel Peace Corp!
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Thanks!
Thanks Jonathan for hosting my friends and showing them a good ol`peace corps time! Alleya

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