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Meredith’s Travel Diary

Friday, 12 Jan 2007

Location: Xela, Guatemala

Mapyo hablo, tu hablas, el habla, nosotros hablamos....

Every day since 1 January I had meant to stop sifting and enrol in spanish school. It was always manyana manayana. On 7 January I finally chickenbusedit up into the Western Highlands to Xela (short for Quetzaltenago)

Xela is a serious working town. Hot by day and muy fria as soon as the sun goes down. Well suited to verb conjugation. Kate and I enrolled in Celas Maya for 5 hours of one on one tutition per day. After a character building start with my first host family I moved in with the lovely and very patient Martinez family. Our week revolved around verb tables, homework, sampling Dinora´s tortillas, empanadas and other delicious stuffed goodies and attempting to explain how UK devolution works in spanish.