And This Is How It Went
Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
43Trip End May 15, 2008
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Waking the next day I decided to explore what seemed like a mystery the night before. Many Guatemalan cities and towns have a Parque Central with a usually beautiful baroque style church in the center. Venturing into the Parque Central I began taking some photos of the Iglesia (church) standing majestically in the center. Suddenly an elderly woman in beautifully colored clothes was standing very close to me and started scolding me. I was taken so off guard that I forgot most of the Spanish I learned and I swear she was speaking to me in more than one language. Which, given that Ixil is the primary language in Nebaj, would not be surprising. Based on her tone and death glares towards my camera I figured she was angry about me taking pictures of the church. The Spanish I had left in my head said ¨La Iglesia es muy bonita¨ (the church is very pretty). At this moment she started laughing and then scolding me again. Believing that she could attack me with a stick or smash my camera at anytime I said ¨lo siento, no mas¨ (I¨m sorry, no more) as I slipped my camera back into my bag. This seemed to satisfy her as she walked away with a distinct glare in her eye.
After this confrontation, I began to realize that there were about 4
or 5 little girls standing around me and just staring at me, side
glancing at each other and then staring at me, side glance, staring,
side glance, staring...
As the night approached I got a room at the hostel in town. Waking up Friday I quickly realized through scratchy red bites that I had bed bugs! Which isn´t really as bad as it sounds but it was the last sign from the universe that I needed to leave Nebaj. Thus I decided to head towards Quetzaltenango aka Xela and landed there Friday afternoon. I quickly found the school I had signed up with before I left the states and restarted my studies. I did find a really pretty skirt in Nebaj though:)