David & I like to play Scrabble together, & are usually pretty evenly matched. He beat me by 4 points. We both had the letters for “hoax” & he got to it first! I think that basically decided the game.
The scholarship halls have a tradition of courtship that is as old as the halls themselves. Each hall has a brother/sister hall, which isn’t a great description since everyone seems to date someone in the other hall. The ironic thing, though, is that it’s really the hall itself that courts another hall. For instance, Pearson escorted Sellards to many of the Hawk Week events last week.
Last night, we received this present from Pearson. I think calling the Sellards women “absolutely stunningly beautiful” will probably accrue a nice turnout at the movie night.
The perfect snack to go with an excellent movie: “Fracture,” (2007), with Anthony Hopkins & Ryan Gosling (always a plus). The movie was better than I’d even anticipated. & I got to watch it in a silent house, since everyone was at soccer practice, with Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop & homemade hot chocolate made from only the best Guatemalan cacao Maya. Even better than Bagel Barn’s, if I do say so myself.
I realized over the summer that the piece of the puzzle I’m missing in learning Spanish is the grammar element. I can’t properly conjugate all the tenses, especially subjunctive. So now I’m actively jumping into learning all these verbs. Someday I will be fluent!
Mom & I went to The Melting Pot on the plaza. (Meanwhile, my dad & brothers are on “Man Trip II” to Dallas, Texas, to see the Barcelona v. Club America game.) The entire meal was an event! I think Melting Pot may be my favorite restaurant, for several reasons. Not only is all the food succulent & delicious, but the way it is served is theatrical & exciting. I also enjoy how easily you can sit and linger over the meal for two & a half hours, just because you’re enjoying the food & the company.
Pictured above are the dessert dippers for our Cookies & Cream chocolate fondue.
Here’s a shot of the cross at Cerro de la Cruz, on the northern outskirts of Antigua. The first time I made the trek up there, it had been raining so I didn’t bring a camera. I’m glad I got to make it there a second time on a beautiful warm afternoon, my last day in Antigua! This is a beautiful spot because you can see the whole of Antigua, with Volcan Agua bounding the south side of the city.
The whole gang on “graduation day.” Look at all those diplomas!
CIRMA was a great experience, but I’m glad to finally be on summer break, kind of for the first time this season! It’s just been work, work, work – since January, really. Now to relax for three weeks straight!
I love the irony of this shot of the Bagel Barn menu. In the upper left corner, you see a menu item which includes a cigarette. (The choices of the Bohemian Breakfast are ironic enough in themselves.) In the bottom right corner, we have a no smoking sign. What are they trying to tell me?!
Today I participated in my second Mayan ceremony. It was just as special as the first, in its own way. It was so gratifying to understand most of the ajq’ij’s Kaqchikel – the days of the Mayan calendar, the prayers to the nahuales, & the blessings for each of us.
With a little help from the self-timer, I finally get to be on my blog. Here’s a bunch of us (left to right: me, Danielle, Walter, Andra, Laura) about to head out dancing. As much fun as we were having in this picture, it was really only the precursor to a great night.
Antigua is having a book fair this week, & I finally found my Libro del Destino there! As you can see, the fair attracts a large amount of both locals & tourists.
As for my Diccionario Kaqchikel, I had trouble finding it & ended up having to go straight to the source – Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin, the company here in Antigua that produces it.
Here’s a shot of the pila from my bench seat in the park. I like the body language of the two kids sitting there. In fact, though, it’s quite odd that they’re not already making out. I believe the pila is used more for romance than actually washing clothes.
We went on a field trip to Guatemala City, which was great because, although I’ve driven through it at least five times, I had never actually gotten out of the car & seen much of anything. We went to the Museo Popol Vuh, the cathedral (pictured above), and an exposition on cultural diversity & prejudice, called “¿Porque estamos como estamos?”
One of the many reasons I love birthdays – even three weeks later, we can still keep celebrating. This is the beautiful – and delicious – cake the CIRMA staff bought for me, Stephanie & Kat (all the recent birthdays).
Now only two more months until my Mayan birthday, and the festivities will continue.