Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, October 31, 2016
There are 4 Spanish students staying here with Odillia, Adolfo, Saira and Hector-
We each have our own bedroom-
And share a bathroom which is outside, through the kitchen-
We eat 3 meals/day with our hosts except Sunday is their day off-
The foyer is the 'garden'-
The backyard is bordered with a high cement wall covered in vine-
There is a nice terrace on the second floor-
which looks at Volcan Agua, unfortunately clouded over-
School starts at 8 am. My teacher, Sheny Garcia-
There are about 80 students at the Antiguena Spanish Academy, each with his/her own private teacher. It costs $175 US/week for 20 hours of instruction, 7 nights accommodation and 6 days of meals.
Tables are spread out in a large garden-
recognizable by the 'slap slap' sound you hear before arriving.
Halloween is celebrated by the children and foreigners. We saw a few people in costumes but today really begins a 3 day celebration culminating with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Today was tomb cleaning and decoration day-
The San Lazaro Cemetery serves the needs of all from tombs for the wealthy-
And places in the ground for the poor-
The mercado is a hub of activity-
featuring vegetables -
Chicken- yellow or white depending on diet-
Antigua Guatemala's Main Plaza is very touristy and most streets are cobbled-
Reminders of the 1976 earthquake-
Supper was tortillas de papas, sliced pepino and crema de hongos soup-
It has been an interesting day. I've got so much to learn but everyone is super patient. I've met another IB French teacher from Bretagne, France and a young man who has bicycled this far from Mexico City. The weather is perfect too. I don't feel brain drained like I thought I might, maybe because I can get buy with English.
Tomorrow I'm off to see the flying kites! Looking forward to it! Buenas noches!