Taking spanish classes

Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

well, while we were in oaxaca at a youth hostel, irene wasnīt feeling so hot.  or maybe too hot.   we think the heat had her a little dehydrated.   anyway, while irene was laying down, jason decided to plug in the camera battery charger.  there were not very many plugs in the place we were staying, but also not very many people or guests either.    we were on the roof level with the outdoor bathrooms with only one other guest.    jason located a plug behind the "washing machine".   (in quotes because it resembles a big plastic barrel with an agitator attached to it).  he had been watching who was going where in the building.   only 2 people went upstairs.  the other guest and some other girl.   he sort of watched the gal and then went to check on the charger------you guessed it, gone.    the gal appeared to have been working there but as it turned out in the morning, she wasnīt.   it was just some random person.   lesson learned.   but here is the bigger bummer.   there are no shops in mexico that we found that carry pentax or fuji cameras, batteries or chargers.    so not only can we not replace it, the person who stole it has no need for it.  she just took it for the sake of stealing.    chalk that up to a big fat lesson.    however, other than the inconvenience, it really isnīt that big a deal in the scheme of things.    the solution: jason now has a new camera that runs on AAs.   irene will try to get a charger along the way if possible.  

after irene was feeling better, we went out around town.   we had to force ourselves to take some photos.   while we were in the main square, there was a military parade and demonstration which was very interesting to watch.  

then we took the all night bus to san cristobal de las casas.    taking an overnight bus in chiapas was really not our idea of a safe adventure, however, the  only buses to san cristobal were overnight.    so we made sure it had was a direct route first class bus.   they actually check your carry on baggage and do a metal detector sweep before getting on.   then the lady comes by with a video camera and films who all  is on the bus and where they are sitting.   hmmmm.   thatīs interesting and a little disturbing at the same time. 

  a first class bus is comfortable but not THAT comfortable.   and the road is windy and bumpy.   subsequently, jason and i were both car sick for about 2 hours.   we donīt usually get motion sickness so we had no dramamine with us either.   needless to say, we looked like wrinkled newspapers on arrival.   however, so did everyone else.  

san cristobal is set at 6000 feet in the mountains.   it is therefore much more comfortable in climate.  so we decided to stay a few days and take some spanish classes.    the school is great.  they set you up with 3 hours of 1 on 1 instruction  a day with homework besides. the instructors are bilingual and very helpful no matter what level your spanish.   and the school sets you up with a homestay, including 3 meals a day for a very reasonable price as well as free internet.   so irene is reviewing her spanish grammar and tenses.   jason, on the other hand, is ready to punch his 6th grade english teacher who apparently did little for his understanding of how english grammar works.   therefore, spanish grammar makes no sense at all.  he can now see how someone could speak a language but not be able to read or write it.  we hope that this will be a springboard for our language skills for the remainder of central and south america.  

and how is san cristobal in general?  itīs nice, really.   it feels relaxed in comparison to oaxaca.  it isnīt as hot either, so that is nice.   the streets are narrow and the sidewalks even more so.   there is a strong indigenous population in the area as well.   there also appear to be a large group of wanna be hippies "viva la revolucion" (living the revolution) who look american and really out of place.  oh, and we saw dream catchers in the market place.  that really cracked irene up.   

tomorrow we have tickets to the boarder of mexico and guatemala.  
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konatoni
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ALOHA!
Hi there!
I just posted, accidentally, on your LAST log. I didn't realize that the comments don't follow along.

Kona is preparing for the Ironman (The Ford World Championships) on Oct 13th. The atheletes are starting to arrive. We can tell because we look so homely compared to them at the pool!

B&A are busy digging up a BIG hole behind the lanai, where the same pipe from last year blew another leak. Bert intends to change the whole length of pipe this time. It's always something!

Tomorrow they're throwing a paella bash in honor of Michael Matzukawa (sp?)'s birthday. I think your mom has invited 9 people to squeeze around the lanai table! It will be fun, fun, fun, as usual.

Take care and we'll write more later.

XO, Toni & Mike

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