Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
We stayed at this pretty chill hostel called Rubi’s which had a fabulous view of the Caribbean and a private dock, which we took advantage of for day swims, night swims and stargazing. I have never participated in a vacation wedding before but I really enjoyed this experience. We got to talk to a lot of people from Joe and Emily’s families about life as a PCV, they got to talk about how cheap things were for them in Honduras (and were extremely generous in buying us meals!) and most activities were done as a group so that by the time the wedding rolled around, I actually felt as though I knew a lot of the people at the ceremony. We still did traditional things, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and helping the bride get ready, but is was just so laid back and chill. Connie married the two of them in such a sweet ceremony (of course I cried) and dinner was an excellent red snapper.
Besides the wedding stuff, most of my days were spent at the beach getting dark (well, dark for me) and catching up with people that I hadn’t seen in awhile. If I were in high school, I would say that it was similar to the last few weeks of high school, everyone being friendly with one another, some people from last year’s senior class showing up and handing their wise advice to the departing seniors and juniors, and the wedding being like prom.
It was a great wedding. Really great.
the power of patience
I left San Ramon early on Sunday to get to Santa Rosa to get to Copan Ruinas to get catch a shuttle (read: mini van) to get to Antigua, Guatemala. We made great time only to get to the office to hear “Well, we have 2 spots available on the shuttle”. Two spots?! Really? You can’t cram in one more person? You never seem to have problems when I happen to catch one of the shuttles that has about 25 people pouring out the side doors… we decide to wait it out to make sure everyone shows up and as luck had it, someone didn’t show up and we made the shuttle! Hooray! After a LONG ride (sitting on the jump seat for 6 hours isn’t always the most comfortable thing), we get to Antigua right before dusk. Antigua is a beautiful colonial town with a volcano backdrop. We spent the next hour looking for a hostel, find this really cool spot called El Hostel and begin our search for some dinner. Antigua can be expensive for a budget traveler (read: Peace Corps Volunteer) and most of the restaurants we found were out of our price range. After 40 minutes or so, we find this woman selling food in a small park. Awesome, awesome street food….so good, that we come back the following two nights. The best thing we ate was this ‘bean filled donut’, which was refried sweet plantains formed into a ball and filled with mashed black beans sweetened with vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. It sounds odd, but it was fabulous!
After a day of shopping in the artisan market in Antigua (overwhelming but sooooo worth the sensory overload), we took another shuttle to Lago de Atitlán. I cannot begin to describe how beautiful it was. A crystal blue lake with mountains and 3 volcanoes in the backdrop. Too gorgeous. We took a boat out to some of the towns along the lake, shopped some more, ate some typical Guatemalan food (lovers of the black bean are always friends of mine), and enjoyed the scenery. I would have liked to have spent more time out there, but like I said, our trip was short and we took a shuttle back to Antigua that night and left early that morning for Honduras.
Monday, June 04, 2007
The next few nights were quiet. I thought that meant it had moved on, found a new person to bother, someone else’s pasta to eat. But then on Tuesday night, I heard the squeaking again. My friend brought me a bag of rat poison to put out for it. I put it on my kitchen floor, hoping that it would eat the poison, run out the back gate, and die in the yard, rather than in between my walls. I woke up Thursday morning to see that half the bag of poison had been eaten and fell asleep that night to the sound of it running along my ceiling. It is a super rat for sure. Now I just need to name it.