A great life with bad luck...

Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Things were going well for me in Guatemala. You know, besides the multiple robberies and all that...

There I was, laboring away happy on the farm, and then one day, I trip off a ledge and fall a mere one foot down to the ground below. Hitting the side of my foot along the way. It hurt...but I kept walking on it because I thought it was just bruised. Came back to Xela for the weekend to do some things and the pain and swelling became worse and worse everyday. Probably didnt help that I danced a couple salsa songs. (I just REALLY love to dance). Yesterday, I finally decided to go to the hospital. Sooooo its fractured. About the same place that I fractured it a couple years ago when I had a bike accident. Jones Fracture.

The hospital sure seemed cavalier about the whole thing.
Yep, theres the fracture, here, wešll put this crap cast on it, leave it on for three weeks. Dont walk. See you.

I guess it was all free though, which is more than I can say for any doctor I would have gone to in the states. Crutches however are not free. In fact, they are super expensive. 400 Quetzales, which translates into about 50 buck, which translates into:
--renewing a visa in Guatemala city three times
--buying 80 cheese pupusas fromthe central part
--buying 40 plates of fried chicken and fries
--16 salsa dance classes
--one months rent at Laguna Chicabel
--24 machetes
--seven pairs of rubber boots
--1600 oranges from the market in Rue
--80 pounds of black beans

 I have so many better things I could have spent that money on! Sigh. 

So now I am not sure what I am going to do, November and December are the most important months in the coffee harvest and now I am going to lose three weeks out of them. It is impossible. I repeat, impossible for me to work on a farm like this. Mostly because traveling to the farms usually involves walking for quite a while looking for rides, climbing into the back of several pickups and doing quit a bit of clambering around on narrow/ no existent paths through the forest. There is a reason I carry a machete and that reason is that the places I go on the farms are often so isolated, that the path has to be cleared to get to them.  I guess using my machete on crutches to climb around would take me to the hardcore traveler level. 

I have a few options then I guess. I do not want to stay in Xela really. It is more expensive than other places and also, quite hard to get around with crutches because of the crazy cobblestones streets and lack of tuktuks. So I want to get out of here. Options. 
1.  going to guatemala city as soon as I can to get my visa newed and getting that over with. I would only want to do that this week if I can find a ride, i have a friend that is going next weekend and i can go with him if I want. 

2. Going back to San Pedro at Lake Atitlan and taking a week of Spanish class. I wasn't sure if I was going to take any more Spanish here, but if I am going to have to be sitting around for a week, I might as well get some good skills out of it. You can get around San Pedro better on crutches because you dont have to climb up many hills and they have little taxi carts that can take you everywhere.  and I found a Spanish school that has places to live in the school, which would eliminate most all walking. The problem would be getting there by chicken bus. 

3. Going back to the farm and seeing what I can do that doesn't involve using my foot. Which is probably nothing. Teaching jam making or something. The good thing about being at the farm is that at least I will be in the country again, and there they know that I am a hard worker and I dont have to worry about not being able to do much...

thats it. Wish me luck!

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