Some of the members of my Guate Family
As I got settled in I walked down the street a few 100 yards to La Academia De Sevilla where I would study Spanish for the next 6 days.
My family's houseThese next photos were taken at 7am in the morning as I was walking back from “La Fabrica” (the local gym). This is something I’ve always done when I am here. My little weekly routine is to hit the gym at 6am, when the streets are quite and no one is out yet. One of my favorite times of day!
The view of St Francis Church from the doorway of the house
And here is the school, just a few steps away from the house. I’ve made that trip many many times on my way to study Spanish.
Sevilla is the yellow buildingI found I easily slipped back into my routine and life I had in Guatemala 11 years earlier. I found my old friends one by one and we spent many an hour catching up and visiting.
My Hermanita GladisSo many people once again opened their arms and homes to me. I was amazed. Here is a country where making $10 a day is a lot. And yet, they would give you everything they owned, just to make sure you were comfortable. The generosity and compassion of the Guatemaltecos is absolutely amazing. I have never been in a culture that was so simple and caring. After so many amazing moments and after becoming fluent in Spanish again, the 10 days were up and it was time to head home. I made my rounds and said goodbye to my friends. This time I promised I would be back sooner than 11 years. And that is a promise I intend to keep!
Acatenango Volcano- one of the 3 active volcanos surrounding Antigua