Taking spanish classes
Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
96Trip End Sep 10, 2008
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after irene was feeling better, we went out around town. we had to force ourselves to take some photos. while we were in the main square, there was a military parade and demonstration which was very interesting to watch.
then we took the all night bus to san cristobal de las casas. taking an overnight bus in chiapas was really not our idea of a safe adventure, however, the only buses to san cristobal were overnight. so we made sure it had was a direct route first class bus. they actually check your carry on baggage and do a metal detector sweep before getting on. then the lady comes by with a video camera and films who all is on the bus and where they are sitting. hmmmm. thatīs interesting and a little disturbing at the same time.
a first class bus is comfortable but not THAT comfortable
san cristobal is set at 6000 feet in the mountains. it is therefore much more comfortable in climate. so we decided to stay a few days and take some spanish classes. the school is great. they set you up with 3 hours of 1 on 1 instruction a day with homework besides. the instructors are bilingual and very helpful no matter what level your spanish. and the school sets you up with a homestay, including 3 meals a day for a very reasonable price as well as free internet. so irene is reviewing her spanish grammar and tenses. jason, on the other hand, is ready to punch his 6th grade english teacher who apparently did little for his understanding of how english grammar works. therefore, spanish grammar makes no sense at all. he can now see how someone could speak a language but not be able to read or write it. we hope that this will be a springboard for our language skills for the remainder of central and south america.
and how is san cristobal in general? itīs nice, really. it feels relaxed in comparison to oaxaca. it isnīt as hot either, so that is nice. the streets are narrow and the sidewalks even more so. there is a strong indigenous population in the area as well. there also appear to be a large group of wanna be hippies "viva la revolucion" (living the revolution) who look american and really out of place. oh, and we saw dream catchers in the market place. that really cracked irene up.
tomorrow we have tickets to the boarder of mexico and guatemala.