Yesterday I washed my clothes by hand with a bucket, then made corn tortillas on a hot plate over a fire by the side of the road. The staple dish for lunch and dinner over here, with beans and chilli salsa of course!
I am staying in a home stay with a lovely lady named Olga and her husband Juan, and I can pretty much communicate with them now after a week with a dictionary in my hand and a lot of sign language and misunderstandings. Not as similar to French as I had hoped. But I am getting there, poco a poco :)
This place is insane, there are dogs, pigs, horses, chickens, goats and ducks wandering around everywhere and so many beautiful children who always want to play! No running water at the moment but it is coming any day! (not holding my breath) there is electricity though :)
I spent the first couple of nights in the community centre compound of Buenas Cosas in San Benito where all the volunteers start from and get orientated. Then on monday i moved to a home stay further out in San Pedro with two other volunteers from the states, Jo and David :) but they stay in a separate volunteer spot. both great guys and we all hang out a lot, just loving life drinking from coconuts, playing with the kids and picking mangoes... It's a tough life ;)
I teach English to grades 1-3 three mornings a week and sit in/help at the local health centre the other two mornings. Such an awesome combination. The health center is so interesting!! i think it is all set up on donations, and they are VERY limited.
In the afternoons I work with Olga or one of her many kids doing Spanish vocab or verbs etc... Progress is slow. Sigh. Haha after that Dave, Jo and I tend to go down to the lake to get clean and chill out. It is so beautiful! These people can't understand how lucky they are in that respect!
Internet access is when I make it to Flores and ani Internet cafe, the goal is once a week. So don't expect much! i am trying for photos though, it is amazing here!!
It is refreshing not having access though, I didn't even realise it was Australia Day until I happened to get access today and logged onto Facebook. crazy, just think, I almost missed it!! So Happy Australia Day everyone!
At the moment I'm thinking that I will stay here for a month. That is all I have locked in right now, Belize sounds like a pretty cool place from talking to people so I might check that out :) wherever the wind takes me!
Good luck to everyone starting uni about now! I'm thinking of you all back in Perth, it is pretty lovely there too.
Peace, love and Buenas Cosas ;) xxx