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Español (W10&11): Saying Goodbye to Xela

Two long weeks of; school and study, wine and quezalteca, Thanks Giving and a Wedding, it’s somehow been a slow drag and yet flown away from me at the same time...

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School has been the same, work in the mornings, fooseball at break and studying in the afternoons, however it’s been a slower two weeks than normal as the weekly activities rota has gone in a full circle and I’ve done everything now, so there have been no more activities for me to go on with the school.

My two teachers have been Paty (in week 10), a lovely curly haired woman who gave me the extra push I needed in the subjective and Lety (in week 11), who loves to gossip, has some great stories and is the most forward thinking, rich, intellectual and talkative Guatemalteca (Guatemalan woman) I have met. So I’ve continued to improve ”poco a poco” (little by little).

Outside of school, I’ve had more free time, these past two weeks as I’ve not going on the trips. So I’ve been reading more, and watching T.V, but I’ve still managed to get out of the house a bit…

I went to a party on Thanks Giving, the first time I have celebrated the US tradition, and I managed to spend the majority of it talking with Gautemtecos (Guatemalan men), who were very flattering about my level of Spanish. I also went to a traditional Guatemalan wedding, which was a lovely experience, listening to the service, eating traditional food, and even talking to the priest and the father of the bride (I was famous, despite not knowing the bride or groom!). And I went out drinking a couple of times, which was a nice change as I’ve not done so since I left London, but I am pretty sure it didn’t help with my Spanish study the next day!!

The last Friday was spent cleaning my room, packing (which took far longer than it should have) and saying goodbye to my favourite coffee shop, and then early Saturday morning I was on the bus to Antigua. I spent the afternoon in Antigua enjoying the food and atmosphere; then I sleepily got on the “King Quality” bus to El Salvador at 4am.

I managed to avoid the first class bus system when travelling with Helen, but I prefer not to catch the local buses alone with all my gear, so King Quality it was, and I can now tell you why it is so expensive, it is definitely a top quality bus, I exceptionally enjoyed the service…

And I have now spent the better part of two days in San Salvador, and it is an interesting culture here. I am staying in a lovely guest house. As I am one of two guests they upgraded my room from a dorm room with a shared bath room, to a double with air-con, two walk-in closets and a huge private bath room with such a good shower; I cannot believe my luck!.

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My woundrous room, I actually just this second got a room mate...
but the room is still lovely, I had it to myself last night and I was here first so I have the double bed!!

My advice from the hotel was to visit the old city centre and the new shopping mall. Two so unbelievably different places, and yet both super-busy and filled with locals. In the city centre I walked through a bustling market and saw four very different and yet beautiful churches. And in the shopping mall, I walked through and stopped for a coffee. And I have also visited the local “world trade centre”, a tall sky scraper and a beautiful patio area filled with restaurants.

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Here are some of the beautiful churches, inside and out.

And tomorrow is my flight to Colombia, I cannot wait to see Helen at the airport, but it still seems so long till I see Leon … four whole days, how is time going so slowly now?

Posted by marajade1_200 16:31 Archived in El Salvador

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