WE MADE IT.
My favorite time to be at Hartsfield-Jackson….before 6am.
First flight was a tad rough (got to scratch off throwing up on a plane to my bucket list). I’ve now learned a bit more about how anxiety works. Second flight the flight attendants were very attentive and supplied me with ginger ale and chex mix (thank you Spirit Airlines, a sentence I never thought I’d say).
Once we landed in Guatemala City, we took a car to Panajachel. A town that is 85 miles away, but is a four hour car ride (wish I would’ve researched that one a bit more). After that, we hopped on the (unknowingly) last boat of the day to San Pedro. Point is, we made it! With all luggage too.
On Lake Atitlan, there are many towns along the lake, San Pedro is one of the larger ones. We’re super excited to explore the towns nearby! Mostly everything is a 5-15 minute boat ride away. Planning a 4am hike this Saturday. Accepting prayers and good thoughts.
First Day of School pic! We’re in Spanish school for four hours (8am-12pm) a day, Monday through Friday. It’s a two to one lesson and our teacher, Eligio, is wonderful and makes us persevere and stumble through simples phrases. It’s crazy how much Spanish comes back from high school. Our first day was great and we’re really excited to see how much we can learn and retain in these next four weeks.
Through the school we are staying with a local family. They speak Spanish to us (almost) the entire time so it’s another way for us to practice. Our host, Estela, makes us breakfast, lunch, and dinner so we are eating hella well. When I was a little nauseous, and not very hungry this morning, she sent me to school with an apple. Needless to say, we’re getting along great.
The school also has a partner school for local children. Tuition paid for San Pedro Spanish School pays for tuition at their children’s school (Ninos del Lago).
If you’re interested at all check out their site. They’re great and, from my extensive research, pretty dang affordable. Also, this is our classroom view.
Hasta luego, amigos. I’ll let you know if I survived Saturday’s hike.
-Claire (and Joce)