December 8, 2004

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...

...But until then, this isn't so bad Posted by Hello
Monday afternoon I got a phone call asking me if I want to play hookie and go to the beach on Tuesday. It, of course, took me all of 1.6 seconds to think about it and respond with a, "YES!" I had told one of the other volunteers last weekend that I've never seen the Pacific Ocean, and he thought that was just too terrible for words. So, we rounded up some kids who were visiting my boss and we headed towards the beach yesterday morning.
To say it was a good day would be a gross understatement.
We found this resort called Utz Tzaba that was having a slow day, so they let us use their pool and showers and restaurant and hammocks for Q50 for the whole day. That's like paying roughly $6.30. We had such a good time. The beach is all black sand and the waves were really strong. We spent the first 30 minutes or so bodysurfing until my swim suit was completely full of sand and salt. I opted to head to the pool at the point, and we spent the rest of the day swimming and laying around.

I had felt slightly guilty about ditching work, but it was such a refreshing time for me, that in the end, I think it was totally worth taking the day off and spending some time falling in love with Guatemala. I really have judged this country unfairly since I've spent so much time in the city with all it's problems.





Posted by Hello

It's hard to really get into the Christmas mood when I'm more worried about getting a sunburn than anything else. I'm really trying. I'm listening to all the Christmas music I can get my hands on, and I'm trying to figure out the rest of my Christmas gifts. I even helped the people I stay with decorate their house. But I don't think I will really get into the spirit until I am heading home.

Less than 2 weeks now...

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