We have arrived!! Safe and sound. Mom would be proud. It hasn’t been long since we have arrived but we have already lived a couple of culture shocks:
1. The toilette paper ends up in the garbage can instead of the toilette. We will have to get used to that. Septic systems are just not the same in Guatemala as in Canada.
2. The diesel aroma is all over the place, another smell to get use to. Often the old vehicles from more affluent countries come here and emissions are not yet a concern here.
3. There is a small house behind our Guest House where teams stay. Like many houses in Guatemala it has a kitchen, bunk bed for sleeping, and a living room all in the same space. Little ventilation; therefore, some smoke was visible in the small room where the children where playing. This is a renovated house, the family who lives here, a Mom and three children, help to look after the teams. In Guatemala all kinds of things can happen to a vacant house so this family provides “security” in a sense when teams are not present. We are very lucky in Canada and we don’t even know it.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have had a great hospitality and greating from everyone. Hugs and smiles from the kids and hosts! They have so little but give some much. Friendliness goes a long way.
Caroline, Danielle, France, Julie, Melissa, Sacha, Steven, Vanessa 🙂