Sunday, April 15, 2007

April 15, 2007 Sunday Morning

Sunday April 15, 2007 at 11:53 am in Guatemala

Sunday in Guatemala is so very laid back. My homestay has no meals on Sunday so I got to wander the town for food just like the dogs and cats. I had coffee at and espresso shop near the dock. The proprietor and I had a very long talk about police work and being a politician in the United States. He seemed very happy and his shop was very clean and well run. He had about the same menu as Starbucks but his Cafe Mocha was only 10 Quetales, about $1.25 while Starbucks is almost $4. He is much closer to the coffee bean growers of course. He is about twenty feet from a huge roaster operation. I had noticed what I thought were coffee bean husks on the corn plants in the fields yesterday. Estella confirmed they were. This morning I was in the same field and talked to the farmer and he said it was what was left of the corn after they processed it for corn flour. Now I am really confused. I am making a list of the things that I would bring the next time I come and the things that I would not bring. If you come down here you need a minimalist attitude and not bring a lot. It is warm both day and night and you can get by with light short sleeve shirts and shorts. Women from every country do not wear shorts here. They wear long pants or long skirts for the most part. Many of the foreign women like to dress native because it is light and comfortable and fashionable all at the same time. Women can dress like that and look like they have lived here forever while men can't do that. It is time to go scavenge for lunch now. Lots to choose from so it is always an adventure. g

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