A typical day at the dinner table.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Saturday, October 23, 2004

So my graduation speech probably won't go down in history, other than for maybe being the shortest ever. I also think I impressed my Spanish teacher the other morning when he asked me..

"¿De donde eres?" (Where are you from?)

Where I quickly replied..

"Muy bien, gracias!"

During the last week I have spent studying Spanish, I have lodged with a friendly, non-English speaking, local old lady. I haven't figured out if she is a widow or if she is just divorced (if such a thing exists here, among that generation) from her husband. She is sharing a large house with her two brothers, as her kids being grown-ups has moved out long ago. Although the two brothers doesn't eat with us, I have "talked" quite a bit with one of them, while I have hardly seen the other one. Except for when he is coming home drunk every other night, struggling to open and lock the door. Surely the black sheep of the family. In the room next to me, stays Andy. He is a Scottish guy in his twenties, also here to study Spanish for a week. He is almost as clueless as me in Spanish, but at least knows enough to make the conversations flow a bit during breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm really struggling to form a sentence, and every meal with the old lady feels like Groundhog Day. It goes like this:

"Esteve, don't you want to sit in the shadow?", the old lady says.

"No, sol, gracias!", the young Esteve says.

"Ahh, nam, nam, arroz con pollo!", (yum, yum, chicken with rice, that is) the young Esteve says.

"How was school?", the old lady says.

"Muy bien, gracias! ¿Que hora desayuno?", (what time is breakfast?) the young Esteve says.

"Something, something", the old lady says.

Next morning....

"Por que Esteve, are you late for breakfast?", the old lady says.

"Por que, ehh...., Corn Flakes, nam, nam", the young Esteve says.

That's it really. Tomorrow I am going back to Antigua for a day or two. After that I'll head further north to Coban, and from there I'll find my way to the awesomely named Semuc Champey. I got no clue what it means, but it must be good.

Take care...

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cajunkayak on

I was literally holding my stomach laughing at this one. I hope to study Spanish a week in Antigua and a week in Xela myself. Nam, nam!!!

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