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First Chicken Bus!

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Right now I am writing from Escipulas, a town in Guatemala on the border of Honduras. After a wonderful Navidad in La Esperanza, my friend and I decided to travel together to the ruins of Copan in Honduras and then thruout Guatemala for a few weeks.

So we planned (as much as one can here) and left La Esperanza yesterday for Guatemala City at 6 am in the morning. We took a chicken bus, which went insanely fast and kept me bouncing in my seat..luckily I had a seat in the back of the bus with no luggage rack, or I would have hit my head several times at least. I was a little bit paranoid about getting robbed, because everyone says the buses get robbed on the highway, but nothing happened in that regard (although lots more chicken buses to go…so..!) and there I am with my daypack and knowing I would be an immediate target…but, as I said, nothing happened. [read on]

Living In The Middle of A Milpa

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

My house is right in the middle of a milpa, or maiz, field.

This past week all the maiz was harvested, and I am finding the whole process really interesting..maybe because I am from the USA, where everything is harvested by machine.
Harvesting the maiz is a laborious process, and from start to finish takes about two weeks.

The milpa is divided into parts-each family member, or family group, owns a small part of it. Each family group shows up on a different day, or days, to harvest their part of the milpa.
Work begins very early in the morning, with truckloads of people showing up-and everyone works very hard, even the children. [read on]

Living La Vida Loca-Or Not?

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
So for some time, I´ve been wanting to write about time-Guatemalan time-and how it is affecting every aspect of my life. Time here is relative-nothing is ¨on time¨at least not by my standards at home. In the past ... [Continue reading this entry]

Novena Noche in La Esperanza

Saturday, December 8th, 2007
The other night, I got invited to a Novena with the family I live with. A Novena is something Catholics do, for a person who has passed away. Here, the tradition is that the Novena take place exactly one ... [Continue reading this entry]

Where I am and what I´m doing, volunteerwise.

Saturday, December 8th, 2007
Well folks, it´s been awhile since I´ve written anything..sorry. I kind of got caught up in life the new place I´m living is full of life and interesting events. For those of you who ... [Continue reading this entry]