04.07.2011 - 04.07.2011 70 °F
I don’t typically look forward to Mondays. However, this week Monday means I’m back in my clean, bug free, single room, hanging out with a Guatemalan family and the only “work” I have to do is learn some Spanish. I can’t complain about that.
And today was not just Monday, but also 4th of July. During class this morning we were informed that we wouldn’t be offered dinner with our host family again tonight because of the holiday. I’m not really sure how our independence day translates to a holiday in Guatemala but Heidi and I decided not to fight it and signed up for the celebratory barbeque at the school that evening.
We arrived shortly after the fiesta had started. Dinner, while not a typical American barbeque, was amazing! We enjoyed it with mojitos and great conversation with other students, our teachers and our new best friend Jeremy (although it’s not technically official yet - the bracelet is coming
Jeremy, we promise). After dinner came the tequila shots, the dancing and the general craziness.
We stayed at the school until a little after 9pm when we headed out to Mono Loco – we had heard that this was the place to be if we wanted to celebrate the Fourth. It was an interesting representation of America: overalls and blacked out teeth, Budweiser and a hot dog eating contest, every patriotic country song you can imagine. We had a blast chatting with other travelers, including the cute boys (named John) from the van yesterday, other Ixchell students and a guy from Chicago, John, who insisted that he intended to celebrate by riding around town on his motorcycle at 3am shooting off firecrackers in hopes of waking everyone up (note: Heidi and I have not seen John since he said this. We’re not sure if he was successful and/or has been arrested).
Heidi and I discussed wearing American flags tonight in order to show our patriotism. We even briefly considered the possibility of painting ourselves green and dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. Probably a good way to make friends with locals and travelers alike…