I had a great time in Guatemala especially in Xela (Quetzaltenango). We stayed in Antigua for 2 days, the ‘jungle party hostel’ is great, it comes with free breakfast and hot shower. Also got a chance to see Calvin (met him in Xela 2 years ago). Next we went to Lake Atitlan where we spent 3 nights at San Pedro & one night at Panajachel then off to Xela where I spent a week and 3 days. It was great to be back in Xela – I moved in with my former host family and took Spanish classes at Celas Maya. My host family is really awesome, she did not want to accept the money I offered. She said I was part of the family but I insisted because It didn’t feel right to me to live & eat with them for free when its obvious that the family was struggling financially. I liked my Spanish classes, I’m so glad I decided to take classes – my teacher -Leti- is awesome and I not only learned Spanish, but also the history of the country, women issues and other cultural stuffs about the country I did not know.
It felt good going to my favorite cafe – Cafe Baviera – everyday, chilling at the parque central and eating pastries from XelaPan. I also did volunteer work while in Xela. I volunteered with Hogar Temporal where I helped a group of 5 girls with their homework. It was rewarding – the kids had a lot of questions about my hair – it was very sad on my last day, saying goodbyes is not always fun, they wanted to know why I had to leave and I couldn’t give them a good reply.
Until next time – Adios…………….