Guatemala Sunshine

Sunshine is a good thing after days of rain. I got a late start this morning. I went to sleep as the sun was rising, so it felt fine to sleep in. Trouble was, I missed most of today’s beautiful sunshine.

In the afternoon I needed to go shopping. As soon as I left the house, the rain started. It has been raining for hours. It is a sleepy time.

I made it down by the Pannachel dock as it began pouring. The street water had a good flow as it headed for the lake. The rains wash the San Pedro real well, and then send all that down the streets and on in to the lake.

It was the wrong time for leather shoes, and the ATM wasn’t working. We locals affectionately call the dock area the “Vortex.”

The satellite connection to the Internet has been slow most of weekend. It held through our tropical storm, and now that the weather is returning to a more normal pattern, Hughes Net is sputtering. That can be life in Guatemala.

For a week or so, I have mentioned the rain here in San Pedro Laguna on Lake Atitlan. You think, well, it is Rainy Season, and you are right. But when you are here for awhile you learn a special secret about our wet days.

Our rainy season usually begins shortly after Easter. It normally starts with heavy rain for several weeks. This is about the time the “winter” storms start coming in from the oceans on either side of Guatemala.

The weather gets snotty, the airlines lower their fares, and the tourists disappear. I smile because I know all the gloom and doom about the weather is going to be old news real soon.

Our Rainy Season started late this year, and that was especially noticeable with an early Easter in March. The timing has been different this year, but the usual pattern is here.

Our Rainy Season begins with heavy rains which become days with afternoon showers. The afternoon showers become less intense and shorter. Then we enter a magical six weeks of beautiful sunshine and warm days.

So this summer while you are baking in the heat and humidity, we will be enjoying warm sunny days with low humidity here in the Highlands of Guatemala. The airlines will have their focus on the storms in the Eastern Caribbean, and still have low fares reaching here.

Possibly a summer vacation at Lake Atitlan just might be financially possible this year, and a welcome relief from your own weather. It is a possible dream.

Smiles. ET

Bringing the Money Home

When I realized I was spending one third of my monthly income on petroleum products, I saw I needed to do something different. I took a sharp look at all the ways my income was being drawn away from me.

I had moved to a rural area where the cost of living appeared less. Getting the supplies I needed became very costly as gasoline prices went up. I had a good plan with a flaw. It didn’t work where I lived. I began looking for better options.

That is one of the reasons I live in Guatemala. Here I use a bus to travel longer distances, an occasional mini-taxi for shorter trips, or a launch to cross the lake. My current expenditures for petroleum products are usually less than $25 a month living here.

I didn’t get here in one big jump. I did it in little steps. The first step was getting a passport. Then I could travel and check out new options. I believed there was a better option, and I feel I have found it.

A new life began when I admitted to myself that I wasn’t where I wished to be in my life. I made some serious changes. Now my money goes for my home, food, and purchasing an occasional toy. Toy choice is more simple here. There aren’t very many to choose from, so my money stays home longer now.

I like that. Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 7:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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