Our second week here – Loren
I can’t believe we’re already in our second week in Guatemala. It has already been an amazing experience thus far…it’s hard to imagine what three more months will bring.
Today I went for a run through Ciudad Vieja. Other than some pain in my lungs (probably a combination of not running in over 5 months and the ever persistent and present smog in the city) my run was pretty good. Probably about a mile and a half, but right now that feels pretty good. While I was running I kept thinking…I wonder if they see a white guy running while they think, “hmm, that Gringo needs somebody to chase him.” Well this Gringo survived without any chasing 😉 (not that they could have caught me any way…)
This morning I decided to go into Antigua. I bought some fried chicken from a local chain restaurant and a beer (Gallo — pura Guate). While I was eating in el Parque Central I had a dog come and sit by me, eying my food all the while. Also while I was sitting there a guy, named Noah, came and sat by me and started talking to me in Spanish. Amazingly enough I’m pretty sure he understood my Spanish and I didn’t sound like a complete idiot. Most of my sentences were very simple (I am living in Antigua for 3 months – Vivo en Antigua para tres meses). I look forward to when I can use more complex statements and understand full conversations…all with time though. I also talked with Glenn on the international phone for a bit which was great because I haven’t really had a chance to talk with him for more than a couple minutes since the wedding.
Well that’s all so far today. I think I’m going to look for the DVD merchant Salem heard about from Hania and then head home.
Adios mis amigos!