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Slowing Down

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It is my 7th week of traveling, the fiestas, the constant spending of money, the weekend trips and the speed of learning Spanish have all slowed at this point. I finished my last tense of Spanish, so now I have 3 weeks left to practice speaking the totality of the language. I can not believe I have come so far in speaking Spanish in a grand total of 5 weeks in Mexico and 7 weeks in Guatemala. Because there are fewer students at the school now, I sometimes go days without speaking English.

This week, Mynor and I went to his old university. There are 7 universities in Xela, but only one is public. It is free to attend if you make the cut. It is very competitive to get in. He introduced me to the engineering professors. They were all very nice and the environmental engineering professor told me how he wished permaculture were more accepted in Guatemala.

Classes stop for 40 days each year during lent as it is the only legal time to protest the government in Guatemala. However, there were students swarming the grounds, partying and listening to protests. Students in the hooded costumes spoke gibberish from stages as others surrounded them.
There were also engineers/scientists doing research in laboratories on city planning and histology. We walked home through the Terminal Market, which looked especially beautiful in the late afternoon breeze.

Since things are slowing down I thought I would write some of the most memorable things that have happened in the last 7 weeks:

Best Quote: Netty: I really thought I would end up with a Asian, African, or Latino man, but my man is so, so white (me too girl, me too).
Messiest Moment (Runner up, because let's be real): People getting so lit in the top of Pop Wuj (the grinding was impressive, even by my southern root standards) after the weekly dinner because someone made jungle juice and said every cup was 10 Quetzale donation to Pop Wuj. The next day, the school said we drank so much they were able to buy 2 extra trash bags of medication for the clinic (look at us!). Another moment is in Antigua where we were so lit in a bar and dancing with everyone and then people began asking to take pictures of us. We may or may not be on promotional materials for that club.
Specialist Moment: The 2 year old in my house, Evan, calls me Papito (little dad) because he only knows some words and is shy. Every day, he comes to get me from my room for dinner. His 9 year old sister accidentally came to get me for dinner one night before he was able to. He had a fit because he wanted to tell me it was time for dinner. So I went back in my room, pretended I hadn't been called, and he came and got me for dinner with the biggest smile on his face.
Best Moment in Clinic: A 40 year old man with constant severe headaches and anxiety telling me that he came to clinic from hours away because he can't afford any of the clinics closer to him. I did OMM on his severely contracted neck muscles and we talked about how well he felt afterwards for about an hour. Anxiety is powerful ya'll.
Most spiritual moment: I went with Mynor to the first Friday of lent celebrations and we went to the ceremony in the church. The church was absolutely beautiful and surrounded in elegant statues of Jesus. It was the only building to withstand a past earthquake in Xela. We both prayed in the pews while lines of people went to each Jesus and received a flower from one of the church workers. I cried.
Most ridiculous conversation: Mynor: Who is this Natasha person on your facebook Me: My wife Mynor: Really Me: Yes, Mynor: It is Gareth's wife too Me: Yes, pretty much Mynor: oh wow Us Both: Dying laughing

Posted by dredayhurray 10:36 Archived in Guatemala Tagged in university spanish school guatemala summaries

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