Finally made it to Quetzaltenango and School

Trip Start Jan 04, 2007
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Trip End Jan 16, 2007


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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Whew...finally made it here last night.  Couldnī't get a shuttle until 4PM out of Pana so it was dark by the time we arrived here.  It{s actually the 2nd largest city in Guatemala, but so much quieter than any of the other places I{ve been.  There was another couple on the van that were headed to the same school.  We were so late they had to drop us off at a hostel for the night, we had to pay $5 each.  There was a movie house upstairs.  We actually hiked to school this morning so we wouldn{t be late...taxis are just like Charlotte....late or never!  There are no tuktuks here and I really miss them.  You can explore more knowing if you get lost, there are 20 tuktuks driving by!

So....school was ok.  I wasn't wowed for sure.  We had a break at 10:30 and then we all went to the roof, probably 20 students, picked a partner you didn{t know and then had to tell the group about them.  It took an hour and was a real waste of time.  I told my instructor that I wasn{t there to make friends but learn spanish.  I think she got it...we pounded out the verbos for the rest of the day.
I{ve already fired my host family also!  It was an older lady, she came to the school and picked me up.  We walked quite a few blocks to her house, with me carrying all my junk!  After we got there she said my room wouldn{t be available until 6:30PM.  She would never explain why...just that I had to sit in the kitchen til then.  It was 2PM at the point....TAXI!!!
Some of the folks here think you must be rich as all get out to be able to come here or actually to travel at all.  I explained to the director....how many jobs I had to work to make this possible and therefore.....IT'S ALL ABOUT ME !!!!!!!!   I checked into a great hotel 2 blocks from the school where some of the other students are.  The cost is $7 per night, plenty of hot water and your very own bathroom! 
I'll try to get more photos up tomorrow but no promises.  Homework to be done!
I can{t express how much your good wishes and encouragement have meant.  I'm saving them all so I can reread when I return.
Hasta luego mi amigos!
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dixiechikn
dixiechikn on

You go, Girl! tell em off en espanol
Hi Betty,

Pleased to hear that the long trip has not affected your mind, you are sharp and as mean as ever! lol :)

Love the stories and photos, think aobut sharing with my my daughter's Spanish IV honors class when you get back, I know they'd love it (without the beer and ganja refs, of course).
Proud of you, can't wait to hear all about it when you get back! I'll buy you a beer, just name the time and place.

Love,
Jan Snead

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