One more pic

 

These vendors come to your front door, fillet the red snapper, peal and de-head the shrimp and put it in a plastic bag for you. Notice the scales by the woman. First class operation!

These vendors come to your front door, fillet the red snapper, peal and de-head the shrimp and put it in a plastic bag for you. Notice the scales by the woman. First class operation!

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Photo update and notes

I finally took time to upload the photos we’ve taken over the last few weeks. We’ve had a good time and the weather has been wonderful. Lush, green grass and palm trees are pretty hard to beat! It almost makes walking down the dock to the houseboat in December worth it…almost!

Jerry has been on a few adventures of his own, that I really want him to write about…but nothing from him yet. I’ll give you an idea. When he picked me up from work a few days ago, he told me that he had seen a couple loaded down with back packs at the grocery store, so OF COURSE he stopped to talk to them and found out that they have been back packing around the world over the past year. They’ve been to Cambodia, Australia, all over asia, South America, working their way to North America. They are from Minnisota. He brought them home with him and fed them lunch, then drove them acrosse town to a not-so-nice part of town where they could catch a chicken-coup bus to Antigua, then on to Atitlan and Pacaya. 

I am understanding more Spanish everyday and Jerry is too. We still have sooo much to learn. Jerry has been a reading fool! I don’t even know how many books he’s read since we’ve been here. It still strikes me as unusual. But, he seems to enjoy the time to read without the pressure of a thousand erands to run and a lot of projects making demands on his time. He misses his buddies, though. You all know who you are!

We attended a reception at the American Ambassador’s home last week and met some very nice people, so we are making friends here. I met some people from the American Embassy, local business owners and others who are a part of the American Guatemalan community. 

 

View from 16th floor

View from 16th floor

Just a swingin'

Just a swingin'

No clue-I was at work!! Jerry's adventure shot I guess

No clue-I was at work!! Jerry's adventure shot I guess

Happy Valentine's Day Jerry!

Street view--those motorcycles!!!!!!!!!!

Street view--those motorcycles!!!!!!!!!!

Mary in her oficina

Mary in her oficina

Jerry's new friends, Jason and Lorna. They are have been back packing around the world for about a year. Jerry found them at the grocery store and brought them home for lunch!

Jerry's new friends, Jason and Lorna. They have been back packing around the world for about a year. Jerry found them at the grocery store and brought them home for lunch!

 

Beer anyone? I'll share!

Beer anyone? I'll share!

Big ole tree trunk

Big ole tree trunk

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Mary and Nancy at the ofincina

Mary and Nancy at the ofincina

 

Beer and Wings-Happy Valentine's Day!

Beer and Wings-Happy Valentine's Day!

Up on the roof view

Up on the roof view

Quick update

The weeks have been really flying by since I started work on January 12th. Much of my time is spent working, but we make time every weekend to get out and about and have fun. There are so many wonderful places to explore here that even a Saturday walk yeilds new discoveries around every corner. We feel very safe to walk all over our large neighborhood and it is rich in both culture and modern shops. I’m feeling more comfortable with the armed guard in front of every business. I don’t really notice them most of the time. When I do, I see that they, too are a part of this interesting and emerging country. The bottom line is that in Guatemala, security is largely a private industry and a BIG one.

We have gotten into a daily routine that is comforting, but thrilling at the same time. Business is growing and we are working to get our new website launched. We are very blessed and happy and enjoying the weather. Speaking of weather, I read online about the tornadoes in OKC area this afternoon and I hope that everyone is safe and well. We send our best to you all.

Check back in a few days for new photo uploads.

office pics

view from my office

view from my office

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Jerry at my desk

Jerry at my desk

More Pics

conference room

conference room

A new day

It has been interesting to observe that the coverage of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States has been intense here in Guatemala. Every news channel we receive had full coverage, and we are quite aware of  both the “flub” during the oath and all the details about Michelle Obama’s wardrobe choices. Perhaps I’ve become a cynic in my older age, but I just really don’t give a damn about what she was wearing. Seriously! Anyway it is a new day and I feel that all I can do pray for our new president, for the USA and for us all. I do that anyway.

We have been enjoying the springlike weather very much. While we have not ventured out of the City yet, we have plans to get up on Saturday morning and find our way to Antigua. Once there, I just want to park the car a walk all around the city on the ancient cobble stone streets and take in the ambiance of this beautiful place. Then we can stop and eat lunch as there are many quaint little places to grab a bite to eat.

Jerry and I stopped by World Gym yesterday to check it out. I’m hoping that he will join so he can have something productive to do with his time and improve his health as well. I can join later when I know better what my schedule is. In the meanwhile he can make new friends as Jerry is prone to do. He’s so charming that it’s impossible to not like him, at least in my estimation. 🙂 The gym is located between our apartment and my office, so that could be perfect since he drives me to work most days so he can have the car. And are we ever thankful to have a car! 

One of the things we’ve had to get used to is not having our things with us. For examle, Jerry has no tools to fix anything. He hung some paintings in our office today and he had to go buy a little starter set of tools. I don’t have my books and other items I’m used to having in my office for my work. My office is very bare. I have my desk, which is a beautiful black glass desk shaped in the form of a large comma or eyebrow and two really swell 70’s style red chairs. I still need a cocktail table and a black rug and maybe a small credenza so I can have some storage and I seriously need a clock, oh and paintings for the walls. I want it to be comfortable, but I don’t want to fall into the trap of aquisition of things. A life without a lot of “stuff” around is liberating somehow.

 

I’ll post photos of the office and of Antigua over the weekend.

Happy New Year!

 

Around noon today we started hearing what sounded like shotgun blasts occasionally. It worried me greatly! Jerry kept saying  that it must be cars back firing, then about 4:00pm there was a BIG explosion just across the street from us. Jerry was taking a power nap (big surprise) and it woke him up. I went out on our balcony and saw a respectable column of smoke rising. I really thought it was a shot gun going off, but people continued to walk and drive by, which confounded me to no end. As the evening has progressed, there have been more “explosions” and we have finally figured out that….duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it’s New Year’s Eve and there are no fireworks restrictions at all and the fireworks vendors still probably sell the old M-80s that we used to have in Oklahoma growing up. Jerry thinks they might even be bigger! We had to laugh at ourselves…okay, Jerry’s right…I’m paranoid!

 

 

Happy New Year!

Photos

It ends up that my good ole’ iPhone is the best camera we have at the moment. Can’t receive data or voice without huge cost, but can use as a camera. Today was our first outing in a car, in the crazy traffic on our own. I’ll write more later but wanted to get these pics online.

 

Jerry having coffee on balcony

Jerry having coffee on balcony

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View of Volcan' de Agua from our balcony

View of Volcan' de Agua from our balcony

View from our 10th floor balcony

On top of the world

December 29, 2008

Guatemala City, Zona 14

 

Jerry and I both woke up at 4:0am today. We had a fantastic dinner at a restaurant,La Delisias el Portal, that had both a great view of the city and great steak yesterday and we came home with full bellies and satisfied hearts. We read for a while and went to bed early.  As daylight came, we went to the top of our building, the 16th floor which is a huge portico with gardens and columns, and watched the sun rise over the mountains. I took pictures and will post them later. Unfortunately, the camera we are using does not like my Mac and we will need to download them to another computer and email them to me. I’ll upload them to this blog as soon as they are available. I really want to share the images I have captured of this beautiful country.

Today we got our Internet connected as well as cable TV. Jerry is a little worried that he will not be able to watch the Sooners play in the National Championship. I don’t know if he’ll be able to pick it up or not, but we DO get a German television. I told him not to watch it because learning Spanish is enough of a challenge for us right now. I got us some Leap Frog memory cards that show an image and the word that represents it in Spanish. It’s for 3 year olds and above, but frankly, that’s a little advanced for us. Today I told my friend’s 3 year old “gracias” for letting us borrow her memory cards and she looked and me and said, “de nada” and walked off. Cracked me up.

We went to our new office today and it is absolutley tremendous. I cannot wait to share pictures of it. It is a suite on the fourth floor of a new high rise building and has reception, two offices, a conference room and coaching room that is set up as comfortable sitting area, two bathrooms and a kitchenette. The view from my office is gorgeous, of course.  We will be doing all of our coaching from there and I am actually looking forward to having a work schedule again in which I go into the office and coach in person from there, write and prospect and do research. It is a very happy place with lots of wonderful energy. I’ll post pictures just as soon as I can. Believe it or not, the private parking for my associate and me is 4 levels below the building. All parking in newer buildings is under ground for security. There are always guards (armed) at every entrance.

From there we were invited up to my associate’s home for a Guatemalan style lunch. It consisted of  a very interesting rice and meat and vegtables in a gravy that goes on top of the rice. She told me what it is called, but I cannot remember now. As we were eating, her cook was making fresh hand made tortillas and bringing them to the table. Those were eaten with a little queso fresco and chili sauce. Loved it and so did Jerry 🙂

The weather was cool today and cloudy, which I’m told is not typical for December. When I say cool, I mean around 60 degrees F. Up in the mountains in was about 7 degrees cooler and raining slightly. The winding roads up the mountain are very scenic, with palms and plantain trees the norm and giant ivy…typical tropical plants if you’ve ever been to Cozomel, but impressive to me. And the lush green makes me happy to see. I love my home state, but I have come to the conclusion that winter in Oklahoma is not good for my mental and emotional health. It’s always been a tough season for me and I am grateful that I have an alternative.

We have not even begun to explore the city yet because we don’t have a car, but I think we do have a maid lined up to come in two days a week to cook and clean and do laundry or whatever we need. It costs about $6 US for her to come for 4 hours. First things first, I always say! I’ll interview her tomorrow, but of course she does not speak english at all so I will have my landlord’s daughter interpret for me and we’ll see how that goes. Her name is Connie and she cleaned this apartment for two years for the former tenant who was a Belgian man. 

We hear that there is a giant fireworks display all over the city on New Years Eve that we can see, so Jerry and I have decided that we will celebrate New Year’s Eve on the roof top with champagne, grapes, cheese and chocolate. We welcome 2009 as the year of having fun! 

Buenas noches!

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