This is { Guatemala } Wednesday #1

I have lived in Guatemala since 2010. And there are many things about life here that have become quite normal to me- seeing a family of four pile onto a motorcycle or watching women carry baskets of freshly cut fruit on their heads, selling it in little bolsitas in the park. I am no longer surprised when I see a horse drawn carriage trotting down the street, only to be passed by a shiny BMW. And it no longer phases me as much when I see kids playing at recess amidst mini-construction zones filled with moving tractors, rebar cutters and cement mixers. I mean in the states, we would have cornered off the whole street with yellow caution tape and closed school. But not here.

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 Long gone our the days of online bill paying (doesn’t exist), dishwashers (actually never seen one in Guatemala), and co-pays (for better or worse the health insurance system doesn’t really work down here)

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But this is also where avocados are available year round, no one worries about getting sued, and the lady at the local tienda throws some extra tomatoes in my bag just to be nice. People are generous, generally, very patient and do not complain.

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One of my friends saw this idea on this blog here. And I am joining in.

Today is my first Wherever Wednesday.

And my wherever is Guatemala.

So, stay turned. This is my weekly attempt to share a glimpse into life here.

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Where is your Wherever Wednesday?

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4 thoughts on “This is { Guatemala } Wednesday #1

  1. You write so well and I really get a sense of a slice of life in Guatemala. I hope married life is treating you well. In contrast to what you just wrote, we’re getting flat screen TVs installed in a number of classrooms (and my library) and can now teach wirelessly with iPads. I am really looking forward to actually being able to teach well in the library!

  2. wow. that’s impressive. ipads AND wireless! I feel like we must have changed our no-cell phone policy in class, right? miss you guys!

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