|August 2009 with Travis, Andy and Amanda at Hans's|
|Travis, Helga and Aaron at Fishcreek Falls in Steamboat|
|We hope that this whole crew can make it down to Guatemala for Travis and Helga's Wedding!|
|On the crossroads of Jaibalito|
|Hans on Tripple Tigo Minute night|
Hans helped us find a house for rent where we now live. After Aaron’s mom and Andy left we moved to our “hike to house” in the back of town located right on the river. In fact, we have to cross the river to get to our house, which can sometimes be an interesting experience after a big rainfall. Besides the river serves as our “noise blocker;” it blocks the loud music from the churches, “maiz” (corn) machine in the mornings, kids, boats, and of course, dogs and the ever prevalent early birds called Roosters. Our house is probably the funkiest looking house in Jaibalito; it belonged to an American guy from Texas who unfortunately passed away last year.
It costs us 600Q (about $75) per month to stay here and we have two big bedrooms, full kitchen, and a bathroom with the hottest shower in Guatemala! We also share the house with quite a few roommates.
|I have only been bitten once so far. Don't worry they are not deadly.|
We have been having a lot of fun on the lake settling into our new little house, visiting the other villages surrounding the lake, studying Spanish, hiking, making new friends, practicing Pilates together, working on the garden, cooking and baking, reading, and meditating. It took us a few weeks to get organized here as life here happens pretty slowly. Our plan is to be able to lead at least a simple conversation with Helga’s family and friends at the wedding so that means we still have a lot of work to do in the next few months and improve our Spanish. We have been practicing our Spanish every day… with the people of Jaibalito who can only speak Kaqchikel (one of the 22 indigenous Mayan languages spoken around the lake).
|The one and only fat rabbit in Jaibalito, fiesta dinner for the whole family in the future|
|Guatemalan boys at C.E.C.A.P. making picture frames for an exposition|
So that is what we have been up to lately; we miss our family and friends very much, but at the same time we have been appreciating our time away from stress of daily work and the typical American way of life. Between here and Oaxaca we traveled around the Yucatan peninsula, Belize, and Northern Guatemala and a lot has happened since then. Since we have been on the road and camping most of that time with no consistent access to the Internet we realize that we have some catching up to do. We are planning to relive our memories and write some posts about that time in between; thank you all for your patience and understanding. As always, the invitation is open for visitors to come and see us; until the middle of December we have an extra bed at our place. Come January we are back on the road!
Till next time! Hasta luego.
|Dehulling and roasting coffee at Hans's|
|"One day with practice I will have that kind of balance, one day!"|
|not sure who had a worse day|
|Learning how to spin cotton in San Juan|
|Enjoying Aaron's Birthday at Ven Aca, the high end restaurant in Jaibalito|
|"Quit taking pictures of me gringo" says the horse|
|Busy Mercado day, this is where we buy our veggies in Panajachel|
|Gateau de Riz Aux Figues (Rice Pudding Cake with Figs)|
|El Jardin de Aaron|