Author: Paul

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I almost had an Office Space moment the other day. If any of you have seen the movie, Office Space, you’ll probably recollect the scene when the employees get to take out their revenge on the printer that had been giving them so much trouble in the office. Beware: The link is the uncut version. NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) I wanted to go all Office Space on my printer the other day. I wanted to print a few of…

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Well, the title is a tiny bit misleading, though not entirely. The Guatemalans were very accepting of U.S. Dollars; however, they had to be in good condition. If they were torn in the slightest, had little bit missing off of the corner, or anything imperfect about them, they wouldn’t accept them. When I tried to pay for my classes at the school and my home stay, I plopped down 3 Benjamins ($100 bills – Ben Franklin on the front). The…

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This wasn’t the last picture that I took in Guatemala, but pretty close. This, I took after we returned from the lake. It was late at night, 10:13 PM, according to the timestamp. We had endured a grueling ride back from Lake Atitlán, lots and lots of traffic, a nice bumpy side road to keep us awake, and thankfully, a restroom break at a gas station! When we got back, we were pretty tired, but hungry, so we set off…

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Lake Atitlán is a lake in a caldera. In this case, basically a crater between 3 volcanoes. It’s impressive and has a maximum depth of about 1,100 feet, or 340 meters! It’s, of course, a huge tourist attraction and especially during the weekend during Semana Santa. That was a BIG mistake to book it on that day; however, as Vanessa and I attended Spanish lessons during the week, we really only had 1 day to choose, Saturday. So, we ran…

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So, there we were walking down the streets of Antigua, Vanessa and I. We were nearing the end of a tour given by a friendly man named David who spoke a number of different languages including his native Mayan tongue, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. I saw a lady with a basket on her head, carrying something or other. I stopped, pointed my camera, and took a picture from the other side of the street; Suddenly, I heard: ¡Págame! –…

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Of course I have no personal experience in carrying one of these displays; however, there are many faithful people willing to carry this burden through the streets to honor their religion. This is not lightweight work, as Vidal told me. He was part of a procession of 160 men, 80 per side, carrying one of these displays, usually depicting Christ on the cross. They also pay for this honor, between 50 – 85 Quetzales, or $6 – $10 per person…

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