Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hola de Guatemala - segundo tiempo!

Getting Here!

Always interesting! Flights were good & meeting a Brit & Canadian to go to dinner with was fun. Later met several guys & ladies in their 20´s visiting Antigua from Gautemala City - fun & funny!

The ride to San Pedro was quite interesting once we were off the highway. Narrow, lots of holes & some precipices due to September mud slides - in one spot it looked like we were hopping boulders in our van!

San Pedro is different. VERY narrow & many STEEP - like San Francisco steep - hills. After settling in, I walked straight up a road w/ a neighbor to watch a futbol (soccer) game.

The players were quite good. Concrete seats & a very dusty playing field. After the toss, all players stood completely still, many w/ heads bowed & prayed - quite impressive to see many young, atheltic young men so peaceful. EVERYONE in the stands stood quietly. Lasted about 2 1/2 minutes.

My Spanish is doing ok. Hard part is understanding the fast speech & words I don´t know yet. Still, all in all, I am able to carry on a conversation fairly well. Everyone I have met in very friendly. Young & old alike go out of their way to smile & say hello. So far several people couldn´t tell I was from the states. Speaking Spanish helps. That plus lots of Canadians & Israelis here.

Tomorrow is the first day of class. I´m hoping they have a canopy tour this week - zip lines above the rain forest.

Take care all!

No comments:


Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.