yes, I know, I know…today is not Wednesday. It’s Thursday. But just go with me. The days and the weeks sometimes burr together here. I am trying desperately to create a little routine in my life- in a country, culture and job where things seem to change. all. of. the. time.
I mean…this is guatemala.
I think Guatemalans are perhaps some of the most flexible, least likely to complain people on the whole planet. I do not yet count myself in this group- not yet anyway. But maybe I’m getting closer. Maybe? For instance, things like changes in road conditions used to confuse and frustrate me– now they just kind of fascinate me. When there is road construction in Guatemala one of two things happen either: a) all the cars just wait for (insert: minutes, hours or days) for the dirt to be moved or b) they drive right through it.
I mean I have seen things that would never, ever be legal in the states, but here it just works. One way streets suddenly become two way streets with oncoming traffic swerving around the half fallen cliff. And huge open holes in the side of the road do not mean don’t pass. No, no the contrary. Cars, buses and scooters drive right by at perhaps a slightly slower speed.
I was leaving a friends house last week and had to stop to take a picture. (see above) This actually does have one piece of caution tape and then a tree branch. (please, please notice the tree branches). When in Guatemala always look out for tree branches. Here tree branches mean CAUTION. Seriously, Guatemalans are incredibly resourceful. If your car breaks down on the side of the road– gather tree branches to put behind it to ward off on coming traffic. If there is a huge pothole in the middle of the road– stick a tree branch in it to let others know. If the road suddenly dead ends– just line up some tree branches. I mean who needs cones?
this is guatemala
On another note. This video has been playing on repeat in our house for the past week. It’s in Spanish, but they are great singers and it’s some quality music. Plus, it was filmed here. enjoy.
this is guatemala
What has been playing in your house this past Wednesday? or Thursday?