Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2 week mark

2 weeks down and some 115 to go. I am settling in well and have a good routine going. Usually wake up sometime between 5:30 and 6:30 depending on whether I want to get a morning run or trip to the market in before class. The day starts at 8am and ends about 5:30pm. While in training we are not allowed to be out of our houses after dark, unless we are with the host families, so that gives us some ‘free-time’ of about an hour before dusk hits at 6:30. Super sexy lifestyle. I’m usually asleep by 10 ha.

Monday was Dia de la Madre here in Guatemala and it is a very big event. The mariachis (las mananitas) started making the rounds in the neighborhood about 1am on Monday morning. Then fireworks were set off all through the night and into the morning. You can always tell when there is a celebration or birthday in the town because it is a custom to set off fireworks first thing in the morning….like 4 or 5am. If it’s a birthday, the fireworks are left just outside the birthday boy/girl’s bedroom door. It’s like the reenactment of the Civil War is just outside your door! Happy Birthday!

Noise is a constant here. Music is always blaring, cars and buses are loud, and people are always screaming and singing in the streets. I also have 4 daily alarms: if my watch and traveling clock fail me I have the rooster who gets going at about 3am and Wilson usually has at least 1 or 2 crying sessions a night. Noise is kinda a way of life.

Wilson has been sick the past week. Doña Susana and Brenda have been very attentive to him and took him to the doctor and followed all necessary precautions and what not but on Sunday night Doña Susana shared with me the family secret for curing children. In a frying pan, a healthy pour of Jaguar rum is heated up over the stove. When the run reaches a warm temperature, a piece of bread is placed in the pan and soaks up the rum. The bread is then wrapped in a piece of cloth. Additional dabs of the Jaguar are placed on the cloth and then placed over the affected stomach. The clothed is wrapped into place around the child’s torso. The additional Jaguar is then rubbed behind the ears, on the legs, arms, armpits and hands of the ill child. Then a full lime is taken and peeled back a bit to reveal some of the interior and the lime juice is squirted all over the child. First in the shape of the cross, then all over the child’s body: back of the head, arms, knees, bottoms of the feet, fingers. The lime, along with the bad energy of the illness, is then thrown far from the house (into the river behind the house).

And so the child is cured and will sleep….well yeah! The child was one mint leaf away from being a walking mojito! I’d be fast asleep too! Awesome, awesome tradition. Charlotte, this reminds me of something your mother would pull.

Tallys to date:

Chocobananas: 2

Tortillas made: 4

Tortillas eaten: (aprox.) 20

Days Sick: 2 ( one bad reaction to meat and one bad reaction to malaria medication)

Funerals attended: 1

Babies held: 2 (Sarah- I know, I’m lagging)

Times I’ve heard Justin Bieber on the camionetas: 3

Nearly being hit by a camioneta: 2

Beans eaten at a meal: EVERY

Books read: 3

Seasons of Weeds watched: 2 and a half

1 comment:

  1. 1 Catholic holiday down, 181 to go! Hope you had an awesome/safe/amazingly interesting and unusual birthday.