Monday, January 12, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
This morning, I went biking. It was good to be able to get on a bike and see a bit more of the city. It is a little scary biking in the city because the cars and buses do not seem to worry how close they get to you. Later, I went a bit out of town in another direction. It was good to be on a calmer and less used road.
It doesn´t take long to get out of town. Soon there were cattle tied to a stake somewhere grazing. As you can see from the green in the pictures, January in Xela is a bit different than Minnesota. By the end of my bike ride, I had shed my sweatshirt and long sleeve t-shirt and was in short sleeves.
Friday, January 2, 2015
- Read 12 nonfiction books. I prefer fiction 9 times out of 10, but nonfiction books help me understand things I would not get from reading a novel. Foreign to Familiar and How Children Succeed are two great examples.
- Finish the Spanish portion of Duolingo. I started sometime last year or the year before, and have no excuse for not finishing this year.
- Learn to can salsa or dill pickles. Two foods that I cannot get enough of, why should I rely on others to make them and give them to me.
- Complete my hexagon quilt. I started it in the fall and has a good start.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio-written for older elementary students, anyone with school aged children or who works in a school should find this story engaging and worth reading.
- Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson-Contemporary fiction novel about secrets and family
- The Testament by John Grisham-Perhaps my favorite of Grisham's books. It is the second time that I read it and it was just as good or better the second time around.
- White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner-This is the second time I read this book that mixes history and the complexity of family in one story.
- Sing for Me by Karen Halversen Schreck-An historical novel about race relations in the 1930's, it would be a good book for a book club to read and discuss.
- Foreign to Familiar by Sarah A. Lanier-My only nonfiction book on the list, every adult should read it to better understand other people, especially those of cultures different than their own.
Friday, December 26, 2014
My Christmas here in Guatemala was different than how I celebrate in the States. I did go to the service at church on the evening of the 23rd. We ate paches (a type of tamale), then the young people did a drama and the children sang some songs. On the night of the 24th, the people eat supper LATE. I went to supper at the home of some Guatemalans from church, and we ate at 10 PM. (Some people eat at midnight). We had roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, and bread. Then we sat around and talked and later ate dessert. A little before midnight, we went over to the house of the brother-in-law and went on the roof (it is flat) to watch the fireworks. The fireworks are purchased by individuals and are much grander than the ones people can buy in the US. There were fireworks going off in all directions. After that, the family I celebrated with took me home. I slept late the next day, then hung out in Parque Central and had dinner at Pollo Campero. It seemed like a good choice, as I could have a burrito and french fries. Later I got an ice cream for dessert. A good enough celebration of Christmas, but I do not plan to miss Christmas with my family again anytime soon.