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17th Jun 2012 - Central America
Things I keep forgetting to mention
So I'm chillin at the hostel, swinging in the hammock chair, and thought it would be cool to write another blog. A bonus blog, if you will. The day is coming (maybe thursday, maybe Friday) when I'll be on a 17 hour bus ride to Guatemala City and I won't be able to do any. Maybe that's good, maybe that's bad... Depends on who's still reading by then.
So, interesting Central America stuff...
People litter like crazy here. There really aren't many garbage cans at all, which I imagine makes the litter problem worse. I'm betting the cities just can't/don't pay garbage men to empty garbage cans. That doesn't really explain what happens once the streets are full of trash though. In Tegus, there were while street corners with heaps of black/rotting trash. It was pretty grody. I know that in the "country/shanty towns" they burn their garbage.
There are these poor little stray dogs everywhere. It's not really an ideal place for dog lovers to visit. The poor things are covered by fleas and skinny as hell. It's pretty sad. I've seen them almost everywhere I've been so far. From what I hear, there are stray cats too but cats are smart and hide and only come out at night. I haven't seen any yet. I did see a dead bat in the gutter the other day. That was yucky. :)
The big church in the square in Granada doesn't have any windows, just bars over where the glass would go. I walked by during mass today and it was pretty neat hearing the congregation sing. I'm hoping to have a chance to get in there and look around, it looks pretty.
The streets here are beautiful. The people are beautiful. You can see hardship in everything look at and I think that makes everything more intriguing. A lot of these people have insanely hard lives but they paint their buildings in bright yellow, blue, pink. The chicken busses are the craziest, tackiest things you can imagine. They're incredibly religious - nearly every vehicle has some sort of religious reference on it. It makes me wonder why there is so much crime, theft and deception though. From what I hear, Christianty is against that stuff.
There are these vendors around town who sell these drinks which are basically a sandwich bag filled with some bright liquid and some ice with a straw sticking out of the top. Oh - that reminds me... They LOVE straws here. They offer straws with every drink... Bottled or glasses... And seem confused it you turn them down. Straw = pajita. Imbroglio tryin the sandwich bag drinks because of the ice.
There are fruit vendors everywhere and they put hot sauce or salt on nearly all kinds of fruit. They're pretty cheap but I haven't tried any other that pineapple. I have a new love for pineapple, it is SO sweet here.
I've been approached by kids wanting food when I'm in the square (in Granada) eating a snack. That's eye opening. I have always given them whatever was left over of what I was eating when they ask. I shared my turtle cookie with a kid today. I haven't really seen that up until I got to this town though.
Cold water showers aren't THAT bad afterall. Especially when it's 90billion degrees outside.
The French guy in the hostel I'm staying in refuses to talk to me, even after I tried asking direct questions. He pretty much backs away and avoids giving direct answers. It's kinda funny but then not really seeing as how he's my only roommate in the dorm tonight.
I think that's about it... If there's anything you guys want to know just ask :) its hard to remember everything!
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