Posted by Pia på torsdag 27 december 2007
”You’ve gotten fatter!” ”You are so pale!”
I am in Guatemala again, at a project called Casa Guatemala where I worked for 6 months in 2004. It’s incredible how it can feel like everything is exactly the same as four years ago. Flying here I realised how far Finland is. Also, the bus broke down on the way from the capital, so we had to wait by the road for 2 hours, but fortunately I got to play with a 4-year-old and his toy soldier. People at Casa have grown older but they are still the same, even sitting in the same corners of the riverside bar. They are still playing Caraluna by Bacilos and the Beso a beso-song. Some of the orphan kids are now a lot older and run the hotel reception and the internet place. It’s really fun to see them.
I went to have a strawberry shake this morning and got to talk to a preacher man from a village close by about his job -and obviously, about me not being married- and about the situation in his country, and why it seems so hard to fight corruption. I will write more about this later, about the new president, about the ”mano dura”-campaign and about the migration to the US, which now seems to be a lot harder than before, the price for getting the needed documents is now at 5000 dollars. The priest anyway said that with the help of God, Guatemala will one day change its name to Guatebuena.
I thought I remembered everything about this beautiful country, but there are at least two things that I had forgotten: that there are normal road signs, plus signs telling people to obey the signs. And that if you ask for an ”agua” you get a coke. For water, you have to say ”agua pura”…