The Guate Saga Continues… (Days 3&4)

Last night, the Guate crew had the pleasure of joining Lencho’s family for dinner at his home. His sister, niece, nephews, cats, and dogs hosted us for a delicious meal, complete with salsas, tamarind drinks, and (need we say it?) tortillas. The family embodied the same energy and warmth that we all love Lencho for. To use his favorite word for describing something completely spectacular, the evening was “Cali-max.”

 

Becadas welcoming us with traditional ceremony

Becadas welcoming us with traditional ceremony

 

Today we met the becadas (Guatemalan girls our age) and weavers, who we will be working with in coordination with MayaWorks. We enjoyed a day touring Comalapa with the girls, learning about historical murals painted by members of the town, playing lively icebreakers, and having lunch in the home of one of the weavers.

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In traditional Comalapa fashion, we ate our food “sobre las piernas” (on our laps) and sat in a room whose floor was covered in pine needles. Perhaps rivaling our favorite tortilla were the “tamalitos,” mini tamales.

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Lunch at one of our Becada’s house

After lunch, a few of us were treated to a ride in a tuc-tuc, which is the Guatemalan version of a little taxi that can be seen zipping all about the town! Then we drove and tasted some Guatemalan ice cream—yum yum!

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Tuc Tuc Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A night hike to a vista point with a campfire awaited us at our hotel. Torches lit, and S’mores in hand (the American tradition has followed us here), we discussed our highlights of the day.

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Debrief over s’mores

Over all, one of the most prominent observations is this: Spanglish has become our default language. We sway frequently between Spanish and English in conversation. Some examples:

“We need to duchar” (We need to shower)

“Where are my pantalones?” (Where are my pants?)

“Yo necesito el bathroom.” (I need to use the bathroom)

“Quiero sleep” (I need sleep)

“Hay un bug.” (There is a bug)

“Pero that was true.” (But that was true)

“Oh! Oh! Hola!”

Tomorrow, we will spend more time with the becadas and weavers and learn to tortillar—a verb, which we learned today, does exist in Spanish.

 

Your Guatemala bloggers,

-Laurel, Leena, Kiana, and Lea

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