Despues la enfermadad
Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
7Trip End Mar 26, 2006
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sorry for not updating everyone for a few days, been fairly busy. On Thursday I was feeling much better. Wendesday night I felt like crap again so I did not go dancing with anyone. Just did my tarea and went to sleep. Thursday I went to a small market with a girl named Laura from Ireland and Bethany from the Rhode Island (she works on a lobster boat). We went to a market on the other side of town on a small microbus, with craploads of people. We got there close to 5pm and most of the stores were closing. Laura wanted to by a futball jersey for her brother. I really didnīt see much. I need hints from family and friends what want they want me to compro... I bought potatoes for the dinner on Friday with the school, the other girls also bought produce for Friday. Afterwards I went and played futbol with the other students in what was a soccer field that looked like an innercity basketball court. No grass and pretty small (thank god)
The next day on Friday was the weekly graduacion party at the school. This week the students had to make typical food from the home countries. I had no clue what to make, I donīt eat typical food from the U.S. what is that? hamburgers and fried chicken? I decided after speaking with Mildred (mi maestra) to make french fries
The next day I climbed Chicobal. Now I decided to do this only because I was told it was a lot shorter and easier than Pacaya. It was shorter. Oh my freaking God it was steep. There was no rest, and it was extra hard because the dirt was loose. Fell once on the way up there and once on the way down (I actually thought that I was going to tumble down head over heels). When we got to the top the lake view was beautiful, and on the other side were two more beautiful volcanoes. Now the really, really scary part was the descent down to the lake. Since it was lower than the top of this old volcano we had to descend oh, about 600 steps. Steep, Scary steps. I wish I had a picture, my legs were shaking so bad from the descent and I was trying to hang on to the rail with a death like grip the whole way down. At the bottom was the lake. It was very beautiful and cold. We had lunch and our guide with the school, Ronaldo, spoke of the Mayan rituals that used to and still take place there. Swimming is not allowed. He then talked about the time he was a guerrilla in the mountains and of the animals they would eat
Before I went out Francisco and Yoli asked me a question I was not very clear on. They asked me if on Sunday if I wanted to get up at 5 in the morning to go ??? I thought the were saying ĻacostarĻ which means to cost. So I asked are we going to a small market? They said it was similar. I told them they could knock on my door at 5 in the morning and I would say si' or no, and they were fine with that
So the next day is Sunday and 5am rolls around, and perhaps I had a little too much to drink because I could not find the light when Yoli knocked on the door. At that point I had to say no to her. I asked her if they were still going to go and she said no. I was really confused. I slept in, it was nice not having to get up before 7am. At lunch she had made Chinese! food. I met the middle son of Fransico, named Walter heīs about 40 and divorced for a couple of years. He is an artist and asked me if I wanted to go see his paintings at his apartment later, and I said sure. I hung out with him for about 3 hours. (And just in case anyone has forgotten these conversations that take place with nonstudents are solo en espaņol!) He showed me some of his smaller paintings and then two of his larger murals
Monday at school I met my new teacher Rosario. She is a Senora Grande, with 4 boys 24-15 years of age. She is absolutely adorable and she gives more homework than Mildred. After lunch I went back to the school to watch a documentarty on Guatemalans during the war from 3-4pm. Afterwards I went with Becca to a cafe called Luna cafe. It is so beautiful. I went there Sunday night but forgot my money so I just sat in there and wrote, pero it super sucked because they sell all types of chocolateī (hot chocolate)! I had no desire to walk all the way back home so... it sucked
Tuesday at the school was a confrence given by a Comadrona (a midwife), and yes Dawn they do workshops...:)! It was actually one of the most interesting conferences given. We got to see all the herbs they used to relieve pain. These women actually have the only birth center in all of Guatemala, which was built with donations from midwives from the U.S. The women get prenatal care from the beginning of their birth, every month till 40 days after they have given birth. The midwives use this time to educate the women on birth control practices. They are actually going to try to start sex education with the younger children, but it is hard with the huge presence of the Catholic and Angelican churches. The women in Guatemala prefer going to midwives because the hospitals still treat them poorly, especially the Mayan women who do not speak spanish, and the doctors do not speak their language. Women become midwives through family tradition, or they decide for themselves to learn through the workshops. Later that day I went on field trip to Salcajal. I got to ride my first chicken bus (1940īs school bus, painted in crazy colors, packed with crap loads of people). They have a weaving cooperative there, which I thought would have a lot of women, but I only saw men. We saw the beginning process of dyeing to the huge looms they use to weave. We also saw the oldest church in Guatemala (not sure if it is Central America). We also were able to buy ĻCaldo de FrutaĻ, which is very strong wine made of different fruits (Walter told me it is similiar in strength to whiskey!), so I bought two little bottles! Party time when I get back into town! On the way back on the bus I was sitting by myself and a man got up and moved next to me
Wendesday was Dia de la mujer- day of the woman. We had some music, cake, and chocolate at the school. There was a march in the square and some events going on at this beautiful theater. It is all solid wood inside, three stories, and circular. Later that night I got to go dancing again, a little merengue, reggaton. Iīm debating on taking salsa classes, although I know how, I should probably learn how to let the man lead...
Today is Thursday, not much going on except futbol. Tomorrow I am taking a trip with the school in the morning to a place called San Francisco which apparently is the biggest mercado in all of central america, you can buy textiles, food, and even a goat if I wanted to. Afterwards, I plan on going to this apparently awesome Mennonite bakery, and we have another graduacion, this time I donīt have to cook. We get to eat typical Guatemalan food (I hope to God it is not beans and eggs). And I think I may go to Chichicastenago on Saturday which is a large mercado also to buy gifts for my peeps, (This one is supposed to be more touristy).
Well that should catch everyone up for now. I will download more pictures later, the stupid computer takes too long.
Paz y amor!