Greetings from Guatemala!
What a hectic week this has been! Last Saturday we were up all night packing, storing, and throwing away. Left early Sunday for Denver and a family reunion at Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park.
Came home Wednesday evening, stayed up most of the night repacking and eliminating stuff to get it all into three bags, two boxes (one extra for $100, and all maxed out at 70 lbs.), two VERY full carry-ons, a laptop computer plus peripherals in a backpack, two stuffed fanny packs, camera, water bottle, and a handbag.
Got to the airport to discover that, contrary to what my wife was told the night before, we could NOT take an extra box because of a summer moratorium on such things. Had to send the synthesizer keyboard and all her music-teaching materials back home; will figure out something later. And there are two boxes of books, magazines, etc., (my library of bat and creation resources) which will be coming down to Phoenix at Christmas time to meet us.
Anyway, finally got on the plane, flew to Houston, transferred planes, flew to Guatemala City, arrived about 8:30 PM. Got our passports stamped, picked up our mound of luggage, and headed for Customs, figuring they were going to look at everything and we would have to pay duty on at least the Macintosh Cube computer. He asked what was in the box, my wife answered in Spanish, and he WAVED US ON THROUGH! Don't tell me God doesn't answer prayer; He even says "Yes" sometimes.
Suites Reforma Entry
Suites Reforma Lobby
Yesterday we met the other new teachers, then went to look at a house (with security fence) and two apartments; leaning toward the house, because it is quiet (the apartments are on noisy streets), and while the apartment rent is cheaper, there is a "maintenance fee" that makes it more than the house. We still have one more apartment to look at before we decide for sure.
Antigua Central Square
Antigua Burger King!
Guatemala City Garbage Dump
Vultures at the Dump
The weather here has been partly cloudy, a few sprinkles one day, but tee-shirt weather, even in the evenings. Very pleasant, actually. There's not as much garbage on the streets as expected, you can flush the toilet paper (unlike Mexico), and our appliances plug in once you get a three-to-two-prong adapter (but no third wire for a ground, may have to drive a stake to ground the computer).
Well, enough for now; will contact you again when we get settled.
Snail mail: c/o Colegio Maya, Section 0280, PO Box 02-5289, Miami FL 33102-5289
(note that this is a US address, so regular stamps are fine).