I am so much fun to hang out with.
And, I should know, I've spent the last 48 hours with me, and I'm having a blast.
I have this entire week off from work, and the family I live with is gone on vacation until Saturday. Which means...yup, you guessed it. I get to be completely alone time for the first time since October. It's amazing. I've read books, I've watched tv, I've cooked all my favorite things, I've walked around in my pajamas for half the day, I've laid out and gotten a nice burn on my back. Basically, I've been lazy as an overweight teenage boy...minus the role playing computer games. I've also had to deal with one hell of a yappy dog, but it's a sacrifice I am ok with making since she's the only other thing I have to share the house with this week. She drove me insane last night, but we have an agreement for tonight. If she barks for more than 10 minutes, I'm throwing her out into the street for the night. We'll see just how yappy this ball of fluff gets when she has to rough it.
It's Semana Santa, aka Holy Week. In the States that means you may or may not get Good Friday off and you get to look forward to the Easter Bunny visiting soon. In Guatemala, it means the entire city takes off work and heads to the beaches and resorts.
And I am not exagerrating when I say the entire city. Even the street vendors and peddlers were scarce today. I only saw the guy who gargles gasoline and then spits it out through a lighter. And that guy...I think maybe he's swallowed just a bit too much excess gasoline. He's burned off his eyebrows and has this slightly charred look about him.
I left the house for a couple of hours today to run some errands. As I was pulling out of the neighborhood, I glanced at the clock, realized it was 12:45 and groaned. I was heading straight into the worst part of the lunch traffic. Only...there wasn't any traffic. There was hardly any cars at all. It was like driving around the city after midnight. I got to go above 40 in daylight for the first time. It was so much, that I just drove around for a while, relishing in the light traffic. It was insane. I know I've complained enough about traffic that you'll understand just how eerie it was to fly down the main streets, only have to stop for the occasional stop light. I made the big loop from the house to the church today trying to find a street vendor selling phone cards. It took me 10 minutes to do what normally could take up to an hour. It was so cool.
As much as I like and appreciate the solitude time, I am kind of bummed that I have to spend my only vacation time by myself. Most of the friends I have here had family plans for the week or are otherwise occupied, and I never could convince anyone from home to quit their jobs so that they could come visit. I would like to just take off by myself, but there are a couple of problems with that. 1) It's not safe (the Guate mantra) and I'm not gutsy enough to ignore that, 2) It's lonely to go sight seeing by yourself and, 3) Semana Santa is the most expensive time to travel all year long and I am relatively broke. I have some travel/souvenir money set aside to spend these last weeks...but there is a slim chance I might have a travel buddy soon, so I'm holding on to the nest egg until I find out what happens with that.
Well, my chicken/pasta concoction is just about finished, so I'm going to go see how it turned out.