So, this is my short story...
Anyways, so far so good. My finca is superrequete-tranquilo. Get this, during Semana Santa, the holiest of holy weeks here, basically 96% of the people WENT HOME. Well, I guess that means they went to see their relatives and all, but I was always told that they went home somewhere by the other folks who stuck around. So, Easter was quite.
Did a couple hikes during that week closer to the volcano, spot about 2km from the crater. For reference, the observatory is about 6.5km. But it was really sweet. You really get a good view of the explosions, avalanches and gas exhalations. Worth the 1.5-2 hour hikes. We left the obsv. around 5 each time. Another day we went into one of the rivers, Nima I, where on March 25 there was a sizable lahar. So we took some measurements, waiting for the next one to come and knock down a few wall and all. During the rainy season, I am told, they occurr all the time. I hope to be a lahar expert, and they say all I need is one rainy season, and maybe another Stan.
The schools will be working with are small. There are 2 schools, each having one teacher and multiple grades. The school in Finca Patzulin has 9 students in the am, and 9 in the pm. Last Friday we took a class field trip around the finca (macadamia) and now I know where a mineral water spring is. Rather tasty.
More to come on schools later when I actually to real work...
So, all is well. I^m just chillin right now, waiting to go back to El Faro, where I^ll finally be playing some fútbol this afternoon. I^ll be playing in sneakers since my kleats (tacos) are in the Guate-office right now. Whatever.
In conclusion, things are very low key and tranquilo. My only beef with this place is that since I live right near the volcano, there have been several instances where after doing the dishes or my laundry, I come back to find they are dirty again... due to the ash clouds that come south, over the obsv. and fincas.
Well then. Best wishes to everybody, hope you didn^t miss me since I^ve been gone. I^ll get back again when things get more interesting.