HAPPY ONE MONTH!
It has been one month since we’ve moved and we’ve experienced a lot.
For the past 4 weeks we’ve been living in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan with our wonderful host fam. There are 11 towns around the Lake and we went to 6 of them. We’re probably a tad biased, but definitely liked San Pedro the best.
Some top things:
Food. Just in case anyone was wondering, food is still my favorite part of traveling/life in general. I cannot fully express how it consumes so much of my thoughts.
Top left is a pupusa which was $1.75 from Tacomex. Tacomex was my favorite restaurant in San Pedro. They ALSO played a USWNT match so I fell more in love with them.
The lake recently has had this bacteria all over it. It’s kind of unexplainable. Our family said it popped up for the first time 9 years ago and went away after a month. Then it showed up again 3 years ago and went away. And THEN (since we so lucky), it showed up a week after we arrived. It’s sad to witness because the lake brings so much life to all the towns. Some of the teachers at our school are organizing a type of cleanup of the bacteria. We decided to kayak in it anyway. It honestly was not the best, but this picture makes it look a lot better.
ALSO, we GRADUATED. I played Vitamin C’s Graduation song (you’re welcome) for the ceremony but surprisingly that 1999 hit did not reach Guatemala. San Pedro Spanish School has really been the best. We’re planning on continuing our lessons with our awesome teacher, Eligio, via Skype. They have such good prices and amazing teachers. We have learned so much with them so hopefully we can keep that up in Costa Rica.
San Juan is a neighboring town (the one we went to the futbol game for). They have a lot of artisanal products (textiles, honey, chocolate). We went to Xunah Kaab which is this super cool bee farm. I think they’re called bee farms? It’s run by Don Lucas and his family. They have these tiny, tiny bees and some great products. It was definitely worth the trip over and we bought some honey beer, because why not.
San Antonio was a small town we visited for an afternoon. They’re mostly known for their pottery. We spent a long time around a lot of glass objects and successfully did not break anything. They also dressed us… so we really blend in now.
I think we spent the perfect amount of time in San Pedro. It’s a wonderful town with kind, generous, people. I am beyond thankful we started with this town, school, and family. Gracias y maltyoox, San Pedro. We’ll miss you.
Exploring Antigua for a few days and we leave for Costa Rica on Monday!
-Claire (& Joce)