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Cid's Guatemala Summer 2011 - 2 months of Spanish and Travel in Guatemala and Honduras
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Lago Atitlan is surrounded by 10 Saints and Panajachel, which is the largest pueblo, and many newly sprung up communities. Most of the Mayan women of this region still wear traditional dress. Many women can be identified as living in a certain pueblo by the color of their clothing. In some places the color is representative of a family. Very few men still wear traditional dress, but I did see a few older men still sporting their colors, which are much more attractive than our modern wear. 

San Pedro la Laguna where I spent my week is second in popularity to Panajachel and has “a hip international atmosphere,” or so the tourist book claims. The thing I liked most about San Pedro was the indigenous Mayan people, their language Tz’utujil, and their weekend market, which is not a tourist market, but a real “buy your food here” market. The part I liked least was the “hip” people, their loud ways, and trying really hard to look natural in a very unnatural way. One whole area is gringo town, with late night bars and music and every language possible spoken, except Spanish. I think I heard more Hebrew than anything else. I think I’m getting old, maybe.  Here are some of my final photos of this area, though I will be back with Fritz in a week plus.


In California people pay $1000s for a stand up paddle boat.


A traffic jam, 3 tuktuks and 1 pickup

Chocolate con el fabrico de chocolate en San Pedro

 Yep, there is a small chocolate factory here! El chocolate con chile is divine! I bought just a bit... Cindy, think better than our favorite truffles.

San Pedro sights

 Mas photographias de San Pedro

Una calle


El Pargue Central y La Iglesia

Can you guess what the sign says?

This one the sign says, wait for it… “Stay out of the water” What kid is going to stay out of water!


Una tienda sucia, pero ve que le haber! (A dirty store, but look what it has!)

Si! Es sprinkles! In the upper right corner are bags of sprinkles! (Just for you Suzanne) What a great store! Most stores are fastidiously clean; this one was bigger than normal and a mess, it was run by two super giggly girls laughing with their mother. A delight! There are so many tiendas, (most just one small space) 3 or more per block, I have no idea how they survive! I wanted to shop here so badly but what would I do with a giant bag of sprinkles?

San Pedro maestra y familia

Here are some photographias de mi maestra y mi familia:

In our learning palapa Maestra Ligia y yo

Mama Maria, Lufi y Adamary, This are of Guatemala the language spoken is Tz'utujil, which is a beautiful language and reminds me of something from the middle east.

Papa Manuel and Mama Maria, Manuel is a famous religious radio personality


Cooperative School San Pedro

 The first picture is just a small patch of corn between houses, I love the use of space. The second is the view from my roof of town and the lake. For the rest: This is the setting for my studies! Could it be any more beautiful? I think not. Of course my bug curse is tough, but I am now studying down by the office with that great view.