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Nuevos amiges en Nuevo Horizonte

¡Hola!

After a fun day of education/swimming at the lovely Lago Petén Itzá, we’ve settled in to the co op community of Nuevo Horizonte. For the past couple of days, we’ve been learning with this close-knit community of guerillas and hearing some stories of remarkable resistance and strength.

In our time here so far, we’ve embarked on our daily four hour spanish lessons, used our new Spanish words over breakfast and dinner with homestay families, learned some history about the cooperative and its new museum, and have become well-versed in the nuances of washing laundry by hand (thanks to Itzá). There is so much to learn from every single person and lots to look forward to!

Alongside hearty meals of frijoles, huevos, y tortillas, my homestay partner (Molly) and I have discussed (at length) the beauty of Guatemala, the quality of the food, and the curiosity that is The Bean statue in Chicago (¡el frijol más grande del mundo!) with our homestay host. Needless to say, it is a statue of undeniable intrigue.

I would write more, but I have lots to do before the community debut of Howl’s Moving Castle in the theater/future museum, and I’m not planning on being late!

Hasta pronto, stay tuned!

Madeline