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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Guatemala: Mundo Maya Summer Program. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Weeks One - Two:
Arrive in Guatemala City, orientation outside of Antigua. Bus to Nebaj: history of civil war; one week of homestays and language study; trek from Nebaj to Todos Santos through villages in the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

Week Three:
Todos Santos Cuchumatanes: homestays, intensive Spanish language instruction, workshops on Guatemalan history, traditional healing, Mayan culture, weaving, marimba; volunteer in local schools; weekend hikes.

Weeks Four - Five:
Quetzaltenango language study and homestays; volunteer and service learning with NGO’s; focus on development issues, human rights, Latin music and dance; from here we’ll bus to Lake Atitlan: Service project with local school; visit the Maximon shrine, swimming and boat trips.

Weeks Five - Six:
Bus to Peten: Tikal, investigate rainforest conservation. Bus to Coban: cave exploration, swimming, waterfalls. Coban: Semuc Champey; Biotopo del Quetzal: 3-day cloud forest trek, rural home-stay with Queq’chi families; ISP presentations.

Week Six:
Bus to Antigua: service learning and volunteer with Safe Passage, disorientation and volcano climb

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Guatemala: Mundo Maya Sample Itinerary

Dragons Administration,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Guatemala: Mundo Maya Summer Program. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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10/23/08

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Dragons Administration

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Hey guys. It was about two and half months ago when we all met in the Miami Airport (except Cicely, sorry) en route to Guatemala. It's kinda scary to think that we only met then (though it may feel so long ago) and then spent a VERY fast 6 weeks together. Yet, I feel like I have known all of you guys forever. I even know a couple of you guys' life stories... In Guatemala I gained a whole new perspective on several things. Namely: The Maya, illegal immigration, and the way I lead my life: what I value and take for granted. There I shared an amazing experience with you guys. We all did things that were strange and different (more strange for some then others). Such as: riding a chicken bus that is supposed to store 36 people, that has 72, or living with fricken gallos cockadoodldooing at 4:00 am. But for me, the strangest thing was not getting accustomed to these things, but rather getting un-used to them.

Now I'm in Greenwich. Every day I wake up in my clean room, put on a clean jacket and tie, ride in a Lexus past green grass and houses that are literally mansions to a school where every student has a home to go to. It is incredibly hard to take this all in...

There are so many comforts at home which I appreciate more now than I did before going to Guatemala. Some of them are small: the grip of my trumpet, the balance of my squash raquet, the speed of the internet. It's all very nice and refreshing. However, at the same time, I miss and appreciate so many of the things in Guatemala: the beauty of the trek, the smell of warm tortillas, the reguetón on the radio. I even miss the not so great things like stepping over bolos at noon and standing on a chicken bus for hours. I even remember that time I threw up with a laugh and smile.

Well, I know I've written quite a bit, but I want to tell one last story.

Everyday after school I need to take a school bus to my schools athletic facilities (for squash). Today I was late getting on the bus and there were no more seats. I was holding my (25lb.) backpack, my trumpet, and my squash bad. I had nowhere to sit nor put my stuff. In the end, I had to stand in the aisle with 6 other people, my bags and trumpet at my feet. At first I was like, "damnit." But then I realized, "hey, at least the people on this bus have showered in the past week, I have a chushioned seat to lean against, my head doesn't hit the ceiling, and it's only 15 minutes." I realized how luck I was and enjoyed the bus ride.

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Oh Guatemala, I miss you

Nikhil Mehra,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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Hey guys. It was about two and half months ago when we all met in the Miami Airport (except Cicely, sorry) en route to Guatemala. It’s kinda scary to think that we only met then (though it may feel so long ago) and then spent a VERY fast 6 weeks together. Yet, I feel like […]

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09/10/07

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Nikhil Mehra

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It's almost been a month since we have returned home. It seems just like yesterday that I was learning how to make tortillas with my host mother in Todos Santos. Coming home has been difficult for me. I haven't completely readjusted yet. I'm constantly thinking about Guatemala. I take cold showers on occasion to remind myself how I was feeling when I was taking a cold shower in San Jose. Being back in the US, hmmm, nothing has changed but I certainly have. My whole perspective of the world is completely different but California hasn't even changed a tiny bit. Friends and family are still the same. High school drama and gossip never dies. It is hard to believe that I was once part of that high school gossip before Guatemala. Now, I shrug past it in the hall and continue on doing what I do. Friends and family are tired of listening to Guatemala. They can't seem to understand what I was exposed to, what I saw and what I experienced. Teachers and classmates ask me what was it like living in Guatemala, I couldn't describe it. I just told them that it was a life changing experience and I want to go back. How can I tell them in 2 minutes about the wonderful six weeks that I spent in Guate. They asked me who I went with, and I told them "complete strangers who are now my family", they were shocked to hear this. They couldn't imagine themselves meeting strangers and traveling with them. But I did and I'm glad I did it. I will always remember the inside jokes that the group shared with each other and with the instructors. After Guatemala, I get angry when people start complaining about school. I would tell them that they do not have the right to complain because they can attend school but in Guatemala, school isn't public, everything has to be paid for and most families cannot afford it. But I've learned that this anger can be turned into action. I'm raising awareness at my school and with my family. Is Guatemala my second home? Hm, it was the perfect home for me for six weeks. I still go crazy over Enrique Iglesias and jam to Don Omar and Daddy Yankee. I speak more and more Spanish, inside and outside of school. I watch telenovelas once in a while. There's a new girl at my school whose family is from Guatemala, and I shouted "Where did your family live?!" I wanted to know what were her family's experiences like when she was living there. As I look at the photos that everyone put up on Facebook, I laugh and say to myself how much I miss everyone and the beautiful country. I want to go back, I'm sure everyone would want to as well. We opened up our comfort zones and reached out to one another when we need the support. We shared never ending laughs and cries. We had repeated conversations about the same movies over and over again. We faced the same challenges and overcame them together as a group. We reached our goals; physically and mentally. We did it!

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Coming back.. by Cicely on 9/4/2007

Cicely,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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It’s almost been a month since we have returned home. It seems just like yesterday that I was learning how to make tortillas with my host mother in Todos Santos. Coming home has been difficult for me. I haven’t completely readjusted yet. I’m constantly thinking about Guatemala. I take cold showers on occasion to remind […]

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09/4/07

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Cicely

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    [post_content] =>  On Monday morning we got up at 4:15 AM and walked over drunks and past dogs to the house where the leaders were sleeping in Concepcion Huista. We got together our stuff and made our final preparations to set up for our 4 day walk from Todos Santos to Nebaj. We loaded a microbus (pronounced meecro-boos) and traveled a to a little past Todos Santos from where we began our trek. Our first day was flat, down a valley, then up the other side. For the first 2 hours we were only allowed to speak en Español. We finished the day in the village  of Pauil Pais where we spent the night. We really attained and appreciation for what we have. We got there and had to wait in the mud, on a hill for about 2 hours. We were waiting for a party (with quite a few booze) in the school house to finish. Some ¨bolo¨ (drunk) had stolen the keys so we had to sleep in a shack. We started to try to settle in the shack when more bolos wouldn´t leave the shack. One became convinced that our leader had a gun for no apparent reason. We had to leave the shack and wait on the muddy hill again and try to decide whether it was safe there or if we should hike to more hours in the mud, in the dark, up a mountain to the next small village to try to find a building in which we might sleep. Our leaders were speaking to the drunks and trying to get them to leave. Eventually some villagers went over and calmed the drunks and got them to leave. We were getting ready to go back and eat cans of cold beans in our cold, wet shack when a miracle happened. A man opened his house to us. We walked in to his lit house where we all huddled around his table. First he brought out a basket of hot ¨tamalitos¨ and our jaws dropped. Then he brought out a bowel of what we thought was a soup. When he opened the lid and revealed that it contained a large quantity of buttered pasta, we thought we had all died and gone to heaven. We all actually spontaneously moaned. Then next couple days were so beautiful, even when it was raining. I remember this one time when we were walking through an area where it was mountainous bought with fields at the same time and Hadley flipped out over the beauty of the land. It was really inspiring. Anyways, we stayed in Chortiz the next night and Xexecom the next. The last day we had to do a final asent over a mountain before a decent into Nebaj, our final destination. We practically ran up it and the layed in the grass barefoot, singing along to Max playing his guitar, flowers behind our ears, eating ¨gorp.¨ Anyways, now were in Xela (Quetzaltenango). We are all really beginning to realize that we have to go home soon and are all realizing how much we are going to miss the group and, even more, Guatemala.  

If you want to read something amazing, read the post by Margaret and Max...

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Keep on Trekking

Nikhil Mehra,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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On Monday morning we got up at 4:15 AM and walked over drunks and past dogs to the house where the leaders were sleeping in Concepcion Huista. We got together our stuff and made our final preparations to set up for our 4 day walk from Todos Santos to Nebaj. We loaded a microbus (pronounced […]

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07/29/07

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Nikhil Mehra

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We just got to Xela after finishing our four day trek from Todos Santos to Nebaj. Our group bonded over sleeping in shacks with dirt floors, being gawked at for eating bags of gorp and sweating our way up massive mountains.

The feeling of accomplishment is awesome and the views were spectacular.

Before that we visited Concepcion Huista, Colleen´s old cuerpos de paz pueblo. They greeted us with gaping jaws and open arms. We sang Bob Marley together after school, taught elementary students, and played futbol in the rain on a field that felt like pudding. Nikhil Dave and I represented to gringo coalition, which ment I was the only chica on the whole field, running around in my batman shirt yelling at my teammates in Spanish and getting responses in Popti, their native language. We made friends fast and did a lot of smiling nad laughing together for those couple of days. Sadly, thaT was our last homestay also.

Here in Xela, my first impression is not as wonderful as the other places we have visited so far. It is very strange to see Burger Kings, laundro mats, and huge posters of Lasagna. I prefer the smaller warmer pueblos. Here in the second largest city it feels too much like home. Im not ready to go back to the big flashy country I left behind. Never teh less, first impressions are just that, and we will be here for a couplke of days, and well... I suppose it is a good thing that there are working showers here, for the good of the rest of the group that is.

I find myself thinking a lot about how little time I have left here, and Im trying to focus more on enjoying waht little time I have left. This means getting off the internet and exploring some of Xela.

con MUCHO amor, Gringa from another pueblo

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Xela

fiona,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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We just got to Xela after finishing our four day trek from Todos Santos to Nebaj. Our group bonded over sleeping in shacks with dirt floors, being gawked at for eating bags of gorp and sweating our way up massive mountains. The feeling of accomplishment is awesome and the views were spectacular. Before that we […]

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07/27/07

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fiona

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We set our meeting time for 6:30, hoping everybody could show up in order to catch our 6:50 bus. The fireworks sounding at 5:40 this morning were a pretty loud wake up call for some of us, as the festivities of the local school carried on to the early morning. As a few were sick, and others missed their alarm, we mustered up 8 students, and two instuctors, heading to La Torre, the hightest Non-volcanic peak in Central America. The air in the morning is so fresh, so crip, and the light on the clouds at sunrise pulls me away formt he chaos of this little city life around me. Breakfast was a rush, searching for local bananas for the hike, fresh breads from the Panaderia, atol, hot chocolate, and you can't miss the tamelitos......so rico. The water bottles were full, our eyes mostly awake, bellies full, and the bus was somehow on time if not early. Bouncing along, picking up school kids along the way, dropping off people going to their milpas, the never ending American-funded construction projects, and whatever errands and visits to Huehue were necessary, we ascendded the valley, chuggin along, finally arriving at La Ventosa. Bajando el bus, we soaked up the new rays of sun at the top of the valley, and made sure we didn't leave anyone on the bus. Success. Staring up at the surrounding hills, we began our journey up the foothills of La Torre, walking on the road, picking our way through the Miish (agave plants), sheep pastures, and Tigo cell towers. The air was light, too light, and we noticed the elevation quickly. Up and up we went, bit by bit, working our lungs and searching for every molecule of Oxygeno we could find. A highlight was the stretch break, and spontaneous yoga moments half way up. Some were still tired, and others were anxious to move on, keeping the muscles warm.

Not really following a trail, we trusted our 10 and 18 year old guides, knowing that this is their land, and (hopefully) they know the way. we seemed to take the direct approach, up the ridge, and making our way up and around any major hills in front of us. At last, we see our summit, still another 45 minutes away. We regorouped again, checking our status, and if we were ready for more. The sun was finally warming us, and the wind was also helping to cool us down. Onward, into the brush, huggin the trees, and trying not to get lost. We arrived at the final approach, straight up the hill, a few zig-zags if so desired, poco a poco, walking in silence as there was no room for more breath or even a sensible word.

Breathing deep, we found a log, a place of comfort, a damp seat, and a moment to share with each other in silence, staring out over Guatemala, and the clouds of Todos Santos below. We had not yet made it, but we were oh so clos. Onward......the wild flowers were cahnging colors, the trees a bit smaller, the air thinner, and the temperature a bit cooler.......onward. huff and puff, the first few of the group made their way, not sure where to go, what to do, or even where they really were. Fianlly settling onto the ground, finding a favorite rock or two, we gathered together to share our triumph, our delight, and the beautiful skyline around us. Snacks and water were necessary of course to celebrate, and we were able to truly apprceiate our hard work of hiking up La Torre.

I loved hearing my team share their thoughts on the hike, and hiking in past experiences. what they love, what they don't, and how to deal with the challenges of hiking and hard exersion at high altitudes. In these few three weeks, I've seen our students join together, create eternal friendships, and support each other as if they have known one another forever. Incredible. After our brief discussion, we split up for some peace, quiet, and good ol solo time..........reflecting upon our mid-way point, and the good days to come. It has been a great day.

While I´m here typing away, our students our finishing their last day of Language Study, taking in the last few words of wisdom from our teachers here, and dreaming of the next few weeks ahead.

Our four day trek begins Monday, and I am excited to get this group out on the trail. It will be a challenge, but I have faith that we will all support each other along the way, and it will be memory worth Yaking about.....

Thanks for tuning in, we will be in touch on Thursday evening.

Adios,

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Morning mist and morning wanderings

Adam Hutchison,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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We set our meeting time for 6:30, hoping everybody could show up in order to catch our 6:50 bus. The fireworks sounding at 5:40 this morning were a pretty loud wake up call for some of us, as the festivities of the local school carried on to the early morning. As a few were sick, […]

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07/19/07

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Adam Hutchison

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todos santos mas mas mas!

moving into todos was a little difficult at first for me, my host mother is really sweet and i only live with her and her 4 year old son. her nephew and neice who are 12 and 11 often come to visit me and hang out in my room and draw for hours. theyre very sweet. it was hard to be here at first because it´s much colder and school would end at 630 or 7 pm and walking home was very creepy. people have a lot of drinking issues here and at night it´s quite evident, moreso than in the day, even though people are quite intoxicated by 8 am. dogs pack up too at night and it gets dark here by the time im walking home. when i first talked to my host mothers nephews i was saddened by them telling me that both their parents were in the states and have been since they were 1 or 2 years old. in todos as you look around, the houses are quite big and appliances are much more available than in other places. yet money comes most from dissapeared relatives who now live in the states. it doesnt buy happiness, it buys depression and alcoholism, as it seems to me. people are nonetheless quite nice and welcoming. the traje is lovely and quite proudly worn. im happy now though tomorrow morning we head out to concepcion for a few days and from there we walk for four days to nebaj. not much else to report. more love to everyone at home

charlie

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todos santos mas mas mas!

charlotte,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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todos santos mas mas mas! moving into todos was a little difficult at first for me, my host mother is really sweet and i only live with her and her 4 year old son. her nephew and neice who are 12 and 11 often come to visit me and hang out in my room and […]

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07/19/07

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charlotte

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A few days ago, we were given a creative writing assignment: to briefly describe our arrival in our homestays at Todos Santos -- one story from our perspective AND one story from the perspective of someone in our homestay family. Following are my 'first impressions'. (The first one is from my perspective, and the second one is from the perspective of an eight year old girl in my family. -- Note: Since the second story is from the perspective of a Guatemalan, it is in Spanish...)

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'A Mayan Welcome'

And then she appeared. A Mayan woman, slightly plump, showing off her beautiful, elaborate, traditional clothing, with a huge smile on her face. I was a little timid, waiting (or perhaps procrastinating) while another group member got situated, pretending not to notice while she beckoned. Finally, her welcoming gestures and her expression nearly dripping with kindness could not be ignored, and I climbed up the small hill to her house. It occurred to me that a few weeks ago her humble abode would have caused me discomfort and perhaps slight irritation; now it just felt like home. Friendly, impish children surveyed me while the aforementioned Mayan woman, the lady of the house, proudly showed me my room: a small, dark enclosed space with two colorful beds, an old turquoise wooden chair, a single light bulb, and a dusty wooden floor. After setting down my ridiculously large bags, I stepped outside -- into nothing else than the kitchen! Children of various ages scampered around the house/houses/general property (the area seems to lack defined boundaries) while our leader explained the program's rules to the lady of the house, Doña Juana. An amusing experience occurred when I attempted to explain my food preferences to Doña Juana. She nodded politely and said she understood. Yet after a few minutes and much smoke pestering my eyes, my fears came true -- somewhat runny eggs and well-cooked, slimy-looking tomatoes were served in addition to the expected tortillas. I smiled, said thank you, and consumed what I could. Despite inevitable future discussions and misinterpretations about my food likes and dislikes, I knew I would be in for an awesome homestay.

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'Otra Gringa'

Hola. Me llamo Erica and tengo ocho años. Quiero decirte sobre la gringa que llegò ayer. Muchos gringos se quedan en mi casa porque quieren estudiar español. Mi familia me dijo que otra gringa va a vivir en nuestra casa y que yo tengo que ir a la escuela y traer a la gringa a la casa. Por eso, brinquè a la escuela y esperè por la gringa. Finalmente, la gringa apareciò. Se llama Cati y es alta y tiene piel blanca, como todos los gringos. Pienso que ella estaba muy cansada porque tenìa tres bolsas grandes, una que es màs grande que yo, pero ella me sonriò. Caminamos a la casa sin decir mucho, probablemente porque sus bolsas estaban muy pesadas. -- Actualmente, un hombre tenìa que llevar una de las bolsas porque era probable que la gringa fuera a caer (porque las bolsas eran muy grandes y pesadas). Cuando llegamos a la casa, la gringa no querìa entrar. So sabìa por què, pero yo pensaba que era porque ella querìa jugar màs con los perros. ¿Por què todos los gringos les gusta jugar con los perros? No son para jugar, son para protegernos. -- Gringos locos. Pero entonces, me dio un libro para pintar. Los dibujos en el libro eran muy bonitos y corrì a mi cuarto porque no querìa que mis hermanos pintaran en el libro. Yo creo que la grina y yo vamos a ser buenas amigas.

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First Impressions

Catherine,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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A few days ago, we were given a creative writing assignment: to briefly describe our arrival in our homestays at Todos Santos — one story from our perspective AND one story from the perspective of someone in our homestay family. Following are my ‘first impressions’. (The first one is from my perspective, and the second […]

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07/18/07

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Catherine

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When we came to Todos Santos we were given a writing assignment. We had to write our first impressions of our host family and we had to write first impressions in their perspective. Hm, I´m bad at explaining. You´ll get it eventually.

From Cicely´s point of view

I was shown to a young woman by the name of Carmelina, who was my host sister for the week. She had on traditional traje of the town and was carrying a young baby on her back. I asked her how old she was and she told me that she was 20. I was shocked that she was 20 years old and already had two kids. When I told her I was 16 she also looked very shocked. She showed me the way to the house which happened to be up hills. I walked slowly to save up energy for later. She walked up ahead in heels carrying her baby. Everywhere I looked, locals stared at me as if I was a foreign objct. We arrived to the house and she showed me to my room. My room was on the second floor. The thought of climbing more stairs made my stomach feel queasy.

From Carmelina´s point of view.

I went with Yesica (the baby) to go to Nuevo Amanecer Spanish school to pick up the new foreigner that was going to stay with us for a week. She looked nothing like the other gringos, for she was Asian. She had funny clothes and I thought it was very strange. I stared at her, for we hardly see any Asians in Todos Santos. She asked me how old I was and I told her I was 20. She looked shocked, when I found out she was 16, I too was shocked that she wasn´t married. She carried a backpack bigger than her and walked slowly up the hills. She was walking really slow and I decided to pick up the pace. All the locals stared at her for the locals also have never seen an Asian. We arrived to the house and everyone in the house looked at her funny. I laughed when her expression changed. She had just found out that there were more stairs. What a silly gringa.

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First Impressions of Todos Santos

Cicely,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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When we came to Todos Santos we were given a writing assignment. We had to write our first impressions of our host family and we had to write first impressions in their perspective. Hm, I´m bad at explaining. You´ll get it eventually. From Cicely´s point of view I was shown to a young woman by […]

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07/18/07

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Cicely

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We have been in Todos Santos for 3 days now and are finally adjusting to the culture and relaxing!

There was a huge market last Saturday (and there will be a smaller one Wednesday) where almost anything you could imagine was being sold. I heard a lot of girls in our group went to a American clothing store and really practiced some bargaining! I personally bought tela (a sheet of fabric), then went to a tailor to have the tradicional pants made. They feel like jeans but look red with white stripes. There is one restaurant in town that sells everything from pizza to local comedor food to books! Colleen, Emily, Nihkil, and I went to the restaurant to relax two days ago. Other things they sold there where household items, local food, jewelry, clothes, and random colorful pills...

Other than that, there really isn´t that much here. We go to school about four hours a day and after that we meet up to learn something about the culture whether it be through a guest speaker, movie, or even cooking (we made guacamole today using ingredients found in the market). Yesterday a local Maya Culture Teacher (also Nihkil´s Homestay father) spoke with us dressed in the tradicional attire. He taked about the time periods, region that they inhabited, their characteristics (for example sciences, literature, agriculture, social organization, medicine, mathematics, etc.) Today, after we made our incredibly delicious guacamole, we watched a movie on the recent history of Guatemala. It was about the war of 36 year war between the Guatemalan goverment, US and the ¨communist guerilla rebels.¨ Tomorrow we hike to a cermonial site before school.

Our group has already chosen our ISPs. I am not sure exactly what they are as they do change frequently but they are about cooking, artisens including weaving, spiritual and culural change (this is the one I am doing), music, and the Mayan culture. Some of us even have research done from talking with our teachers or listening to the speaker!

Everyone seems to be enjoying there homestay family, Charolette and I live across the street at the top of the town and almost trade family members every once in a while. Todos Santos has plumbling and to bathe, a chuj (a sauna type room that fills with steam so the cold water can mix with the hot). The food is pretty typical although there are french fry and hot dog stands scattered around the plaza.

Dogs wander the streets constantly during the day and at night turn to be very protective. The are used to being abused and display this tension to people when it is dark. It is getting pretty late now and I just heard an intense dog fight outside the internet cafe from where I am writing this so I need to get back to the house before the other dogs and drunks come out. It really isn´t safe to walk on the streets at night. ¡Hasta luego!

Andrew Loghi

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Todos Santos

Andrew Longhi,Guatemala 6-week, Summer 2007

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We have been in Todos Santos for 3 days now and are finally adjusting to the culture and relaxing! There was a huge market last Saturday (and there will be a smaller one Wednesday) where almost anything you could imagine was being sold. I heard a lot of girls in our group went to a […]

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07/16/07

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Andrew Longhi

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