The director of the school placed us with a nice family, which turned out to be...
In the bedroom of our homestay:
The electric shower heaters are known as "suicide" showers. Note the pencil being used for... what I am not sure?:
For classes, Amber and I both got individual teachers that taught us one-on-one. We met in the Director's current wife's house. I got to meet on the patio for class, while Amber was in the living room. We both found it tough to be studying again in our thirties. We got verbs (verbos) to study each night and sometimes homework and we would compare notes on what each other learned. I think Amber's previous high-school French helped her tremendously as half-way through our first week, Amber was chatting with the family and confidently ordering and asking for things around town. My Japanese in high-school is no help here.
After classes in the morning, we ate lunch at the house and then explored the town. The town is picturesque as most of the buildings are kept in the colonial Spanish style. It is surrounded by volcanoes, one of which you can see erupting periodically during the day. We did one trip to another active volcano which we will write about in a different post. Antigua also has an active market that was fun to walk through. (We were comparison shopping for a future trip to another larger market in Guatemala were are planning on attending.)Antigua's town square:
Cerro de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross):
Walking in Antigua, Volcan Agua in the background:
In the market with many pinatas:
Guatemala is amazing so far, more to come.
Also, I want to send a huge shout out to Sean Mulherin who helped Amber and I get the lay of the land in Guatemala. Thanks Sean!