how many people can you fit in a guatemalan boat…

monday.  june 15.  2015

oh man, what a way to start off the day.  we found the kayak rental place along the lake-everyone got their own kayak(nadia rode with alex), and we were off.  beautiful calm green waters, huge volcanoes shooting into the sky, warm and beautiful-just a perfect morning for kayaking.  we rented for an hour, and it was just lovely.  we were at the next town after ours-santa cruz-and decided to eat lunch there.  i don’t know the name of the restaurant-but it was absolutely amazing.  the BEST chicken sandwich i have ever eaten in my life!  my mouth is watering just thinking about the huge homemade slices of bread, sauce and chicken and tomato and onion…oh, i don’t know how they made it, but i’m going back.  it is rated on tripadvisor, so there you go!

we caught the boat back over to jaibalito, and made it up to the casa in the village.  we invited kids along the way.  alex taught fingerpainting today-they did a great job!  alex showed them how to do giraffes with a hand, and the boys were amazing-did it looking at the picture once.  this is the first time alex has been able to come down to do classes since last week we were all feeling poopy.  she loved it, and is now making friends too with the little monkey in the village.  then jess prepared the funnest game-they loved it!  capture the flag/tag.  they absolutely loved it, and they run pretty darn quick!  we love these little ninos y ninas.  they have become our little buddies!

since we know we all have giardia…because we all have the symptoms, and everyone gets it here, we were on our way to the lab to test-and then they prescribe antibiotics, but luckily, the more natural nut i am, we ran into a german expat who said they treat it with diatemaceous earth and grapefruit seed extract.  i had read about that.  it was amazing luck to run into her-we were walking by in the village-and i felt like i should turn around and ask these ladies about what they do for giardia.  the other woman is an iranian princess who has a very large and beautiful home in the village.  they say everyone gets it a lot, not a big deal, this kills it, and doesn’t destroy your gut flora like rounds of antibiotics do.  so-bueno!  we started the protocol tonight.

while jarom ran to pana to exchange money and eat with the kids, i ran to santa cruz to meet gabi and get the stuff for giardia.  right off the docks is a restaurant-cool cafe i sat in and got a hot cocoa and did a few things while waiting.  i bought the natural meds-headed home-and then ran into another expat and talked village politics and shared stories.  jarom and kids got back, and we headed up the street in the village to our home.  i know we shouldn’t just give stuff out to the kids, but we had a whole left over pizza, and we know these kids are very hungry, so we told them uno pizza per persona.  it was gone in seconds.  we said our good-bye’s, hiked the hill with flashlights, got our math lessons and scriptures read, and headed to bed.  we left the house at 9am, and got home at 7pm.  that, my friends, is a fun filled day.

p.s.  apparently 42 people can fit in a guatemalan boat.  makes for a cozy ride.

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