Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday I went to Totonicopán, another department of Guatemala and visited Chajil Siwan. I was glad to see green spaces, lots of trees, and be away from the city. A guide accompanied my group along the trail. He seemed rather knowledgable, but spoke only Spanish, so I didn't get everything.
Monday, October 13, 2014
This book made me think about how dependent I am on others for both my needs and wants. I can cook, clean, and sew. But I would not be able to build a decent shelter, cook over a fire, or know how to make something from nature into clothing. For all our advantages there are to our modern civilization, it seems like we are less knowledgable about skills that make it possible to take care of ourselves.
If I taught older elementary or middle school students, I would consider reading it aloud to my class.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I finished my sixth week of language school. Most of the time I feel like I am learning a lot. The picture to the right shows where I spend my mornings. Classes are one on one, so I get to learn at my pace. The focus of my lessons has been on grammar (especially all the different forms of verbs) and conversation. Class is Monday through Friday, and I am at school for five hours. There is a break mid-morning. There are daily assignments, usually a combination of reading, writing, and grammar practice. I enjoy the homework
Some afternoons and Saturday mornings there are activities. The first week I got to know the city a bit and visited another town nearby. Other activities have been hikes in the mountains or a visit to a tourist site. One Saturday I went to some hot springs. This week I went biking in the mountains. My favorite activities have been the opportunities to get out of the city to enjoy nature.
While studying, I am staying with a local family. I have a place to stay and all my meals are provided. I do not have to think about grocery shopping, cooking, or washing dishes, though I am beginning to miss all three.
If you ever visit Central America for an extended period of time, I would suggest beginning your stay with a couple of weeks at a language school. It will give you an opportunity to learn more Spanish, get adjusted to a new place, and interact with local people.