Thursday, August 19, 2010
Megan and I recently moved into our apartment. Here is a map of the location along with a few other key sites in the city.
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It is located downtown in a very convenient and busy area. It costs Q 2,000 per month, or about $250. That includes electricity, water, trash, wi-fi, and all the furniture inside. Its not as nice as some other places we looked at, but it is a good price and a great location.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I LOVE the graffiti that I keep finding around the city. I've decided to make a collection of pictures documenting all the amazing graffiti that I come across while staying in Xela. I'll try to post one new addition to my collection every week.
This week's graffiti: The Graffiti Monster!
This spray painting was the first that I saw when we got here, and quite possibly my very favorite. It was the beginning of the collection.
This weekend James and I went to the Xela central park and walked around one of the open air markets.
It's unbelievable how many Mayans live in Xela. The city is approximately 65% indigenous. I took some pictures of a mother and little boy who were at the park for the afternoon.
People stand on the streets and sell all kinds of merchandise. It's usually hand woven materials or produce. None of the vendors are pushy, with the exception of this lady. I told her that I did not need a woven scarf... She told me that I did. She followed us around lowering the price of her fabrics each time I gave the "no thanks." As you can see, she won. It was $2 well earned.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Megan and I made it to Guatemala Wednesday. We were picked up at the airport and taken to Quetzaltenango, the city where we will be staying until December. The drive was beautiful, but pretty wild, as many parts of the highway were shut down from mudslides.
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Last night we stayed in a really nice hotel right on the central park. It was a little pricey, so we moved to a hostel temporarily until we can find a more permanent apartment.
This map shows a few of the places we visited yesterday and today.
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