Eso es alcanzar lo más alto,
lo que tal vez nos dará el Cielo:
no admiraciones ni victorias
sino sencillamente ser admitidos
como parte de una Realidad innegable,
como las piedras y los árboles.
Jorge Luis Borges
This is the best that can happen,
What heaven perhaps will grant us:
Not to be wondered at or required
But simply to be let in
As part of an undeniable Reality,
Like stones of the road, like trees.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
|The main gates of the ANADES compound|
|The guesthouse at ANADES where I've been staying the past few days|
|The streets of Mejicanos...|
I've been promising pictures of San Julian where I will be working and where I thought I would be living for the next three years. Turns out it's gotten quite dangerous and they want me living in San Salvador, at least for the first while. Anyway, I didn't get any pics of San Julian but this is the finca that I've described in the past:
|The finca San Jorge outside of San Julian|
|The countryside surrounding the finca at the end of the dry season, you can imagine what this looks like when it's all green and fertile|
And with that said, good night and maybe I'll post something more intelligent next week!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
|Panchita, my Spanish teacher, and I|
|Me on the back of our "taxi" driving to the caves|
|Country-side in Alta Verapaz|
|House of a campesino|
|Some of the team making our way down to the caves|
|Entrance to one of the caves|
About a month ago I went along on a sightseeing tour of Guatemala city with a Canadian school group that was here doing a learning and serving tour. I got some pictures of the dump where some of the poorest people in the city spend their day scavenging for things to possibly sell later.
|The city that has built itself around the dump|
One thing about the dump that I learned is that there used to be a whole squatter town built up right around the dump but the government forced them away. So now they've built higher up.
And last but not least, I went with a group of American university students on a field trip to the zoo. Although I'm not a fan of animals living their lives in cages I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Guatemala City zoo.
I'll be leaving for El Salvador on either monday or tuesday next week (i.e. 4 or 5 days) and am getting very anxious to go. I'm having a going away supper tomorrow with some of the other MCC'ers here in the city. One is from a mennonite colony in Paraguay and the other is from the states but grew up eating some "Mennonite" food as well. We went shopping this morning and bought what we needed (or as close as we could find) to make verenikya. Our country reps who are from Colombia will be coming as well and claim to be excited to try our creation.
The next time I post I will most likely be somewhere off the beaten tracks in El Salvador. It's been almost a year now that I've known I'll be living in El Salvador, so you can imagine how ready I am to finally be there. Deséame suerte (wish me luck)!