We go to McDonalds, because why not??
Monday, March 30, 2009
We go to McDonalds, because why not??
Posted by Kirsti at 7:18 PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Being here is fantastic, but I´ve had a bit of a harsh introduction to Xela. When I left the states in January, I had hoped the weather here would be warm. I had hoped that one shirt a day would be sufficient...instead of 5. In San Andres, the temperature was perfect (for me), but I am afraid for the next four weeks I will be wearing my leggings and smartwool socks every day.
Now that I have embarked on a new adventure, I´d like to make a tribute to San Andres, and all the things I will miss (In no particular order).
The random festivities (Hi sasha)
Posted by Kirsti at 1:56 PM
Friday, March 20, 2009
This week on our way to Xela for more school, Sasha and I took a detour to Semuc Champey. I had gone three weeks earlier with Todd and had such a good weekend. Since Sasha wanted to see it as well, I was up for round two.
At Semuc we mostly studied. On the first day we took a 3 hour cave which required quite a bit of swimming. It was beautiful, but freezing cold. By the time I got out, I couldnt feel my hands.
On the second day we continued our habit of studying, but we decided to spice it up a bit and study by the pools.
Little fish eating my feet
Swimming in the pools
Posted by Kirsti at 5:46 PM
Posted by Kirsti at 5:37 PM
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sasha and I had the most amazing week! We spent 5 days hiking in the jungle to a largly undiscovered Mayan city. It was Sasha, our guide, Adonis, his son, Alan and another guy...I can´t remember his name.
I was a little nervous when the trip started out. We started at 3 am down the bumpy road to Carmelita, the last town before the road ends and the hiking begins. I had been really sick the days before and still had lingering nausea, which made for a fun ride. The truck we road in, would have never passed inspections in any state in the US. It was awesome, except the door clicked opened while we were driving, while sasha was leaning against it. Thankfully it didn´t open all the way.
Finally we reached Carmelita, and we were served breakfast. It was NASTINCA! Sasha swallowed hers down, but I gagged with every bite. I don´t know what it was, but there was no way in hell I was going to finish it, especially with my stomach. I claimed the ¨I´m not hungry¨ card and ate a whole bunch of Werthers candies to rid the taste from my mouth...mmmm werthers
After hours of walking, we arrived at Tintal, a city close to El Mirador. We relaxed, studied, and slept. That evening we hiking the highest temple to watch the sunset and the moon rise. It was beautiful!
Sasha and Adonis climbing the temple
The view from the top of the next largest temple
Alan looking up a word in Spanish for us
Sasha at sunset
The following morning we woke early and headed to Tikal, after serveral hours of hiking we arrived at the boarder of El Mirador. There we explored a Mayan prison.
Sasha practicing juggling in front of a Mayan prison
Taking a break
Alan taking Sasha to prison
We arrived at El Mirador. The first day all we wanted to do was relax. So we read our dictionaries, played flash cards, and watched the spider monkeys above us.
That was later our bath water
The following day we spent exploring the ruins. It was amazing to be in the middle of all of it.
On top of Templo mono
We didnt see the monos there, but we did listen to Toucans
(the toucans sound like frogs, and if you listen really hard you can hear howler monkeys in the background...right before Sasha laughs)
Sasha and Adonis standing at the end of a Mayan Clock
My guide and I were both thinking ¨Damn that is high¨
A mayan house--Suckers didnt have a bathroom
A recent discovery
This monkey had the right idea
We did not have the right idea...really all those stairs??
That night we watched the sunset from the top of Templo Tigre.
Sasha talking to a new friend
Sasha and the sunset
The hike back was beautiful and full of studying. The trip was well worth it!
Sasha looking up another word in Spanish
This is what our hike looked like
The trip home was an adventure of its own. Not only did we have to travel down a bumpy road for three hours, we also ran out of gas in the middle of the blazing heat. Alan was a good sport and walked to the next town.
What a trip!!
Posted by Kirsti at 10:04 AM