Daily Life

In case anyone was worried about where I would shop, I have found yet another mall that is pretty close by. It is like four stories high and I just can venture a guess as to how many shops there are. One thing is clear……shoes are very, very sexy and hot for women here. Just in the mall we were in today, I bet I saw ten shoe stores, ladies. Alas…I did not leave with a new pair of shoes. I purchased “ollos” or pots and pans. But that’s pretty important since I enjoy cooking so much.

We had an enjoyable day today. We were out and about again, exploring the City and after driving through some new parts of the City, we went to Zona Viva and had lunch at a quaint little restaurant. We are really trying to eat as much traditional Guatemalan food as possible  because we really want to absorb the culture fully. Jerry’s lunch consisted of a tostada with lettuce, pickled red cabbage, sliced boiled egg and an onion and a taquito . I had a small steak, yummy rice ,black beans and a taquito. Actually, I’m not sure they were taquitos, but that’s the closest I can come to describe them.

Posted are some new photos of life in Guatemala City. We have noticed some smog today. Guatemala City has a population of somewhere around 3 million, and it is in a valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains and volcanoes as I have mentioned. Unfortunately, when the air is very still, the smog layer is very visible.  Of course, smog can be seen hovering over all large cities. We can even see it over Oklahoma City.


Pimped out bus in GC

Pimped out bus in GC



This opens an interesting can of worms. The Boston Globe reported in 2007 that America exports its pollution to poorer countries like Guatemala and Honduras in the form of retired school bus fleets and even entire plant operations. These buses are what we have referred to as “chiken buses” and the people who ride them are generally workers.   If you want to read more, the link is on the nav bar of this blog site.  Just to be clear, I’m not taking a position on this issue, just sharing information. I haven’t been here long enough to have a position about anything…

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1137691954/bctid1137812509 (or cut and paste in browser)

We employed the woman who worked as a maid for the previous tenant of our apartment for 3 years. It is a mutually beneficial agreement. She gets to keep one of her jobs (she has several) and we get to have an immaculate home and tasty, healthy food. She came for the first time today for 4 hours and it was incredible what she accomplished. It was so nice to come home to a clean environment. She did laundry, including folding and putting away, mopping, dusting, dishes, windows, bathrooms, changing bed linens…She even cleaned the balcony! For 8 hours of work per week, we pay her 200 Quetzales. Right now, that’s about $27 a week. We are actually paying her a little more than is customary I think, but I don’t mind. I feel grateful to have someone  whom I can trust in place so quickly. 

Here are a few photos we’d like to share.


Volcan' de Aqua at sunset

Volcan' de Aqua at sunset


Jerry and Mary

Jerry and Mary

Our living room

Our living room


Our cute little kitchen

Our cute little kitchen


1 Comment

  1. Laura said,

    January 10, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Nice little apartment you two have! And that view is terrific! And a housekeeper to boot. Nice.

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