Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Agatha Storm in Antigua!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010
It rained all day on Saturday, Danny and I tried to walk to an internet café so that I could post on my blog because it is honestly getting ridiculous that I have yet to post. I just wish Internet were faster. In addition I have also been wanting to finish the season finale of the show 24, which in the end turned out to be a LAME ending! We tried to get to an Internet café but we could not, it was a hassle just getting to the bank and Danny’s broken umbrella did not help wit staying dry.
Figure 1 The water on this street was just overflowing

We also needed to go to the bank because we often have to buy something at the places where we use the internet but there was a river pretty much, in the street that we needed to cross, please see picture below!! A tuk tuk, which can be seen at the end of the video (the little grayish car), charged us a dollar just to cross us from one side of the street to another. In the end it did not matter because we were soaked by the time we got home.
After lunch we decided to go out with Christina and Rachel, again to an Internet café or a restaurant with Internet connection. This time I had a great idea to wear sweats pull them all the way up and wear flip-flops!! We would take a small towel and clean our feet once we got to the place. Too bad that the café we wanted to go to was not open and we ended up wet, Danny was much smarter and just went with the board shorts, which dried extremely fast. It was all going fine when we arrived at a café but then the lights went out and there was a lot of thunder and lightning. Eventually all of the lights went out and we had to walk home in the dark. Because we could not find our way home we decided to take a Tuk Tuk, home and we were afraid at frist because we had no idea where we were going and the driver was going the wrong way, or so we thought. For a moment we thought we were going to be kidnapped by the tuk tuk but after a while of panic we figured out he had just taken a long route home. Dinner at home was waiting for us we were 30 minutes late, and like Danny had predicted we were having an amazing Guatemalan dinner. What we had was tamale wrapped in a huge banana leaf. Our house dad Luis told us that every Saturday, it is a custom to eat the tamale with the banana leaf. I honestly would not mind having this every Saturday because it was DELICIOUS & AMAZING!!!!
It rained all day Saturday and when we were finishing our meal some people came to knock on the door to get some people to go help in the town nearby. The people said that a house had fallen down the mountain in San Felipe, which is .62 miles away from our home. This was scary but apparently the papers say that there are 82 dead so far thanks to Saturday’s stormy weather. Moreover, many homes have been destroyed. The house in which we are staying is thankfully well placed within the small mountain and so it will not fall down.
I am deeply saddened by all of the tragic events and a little scared because everyone here seems to be bringing up 2012

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