Since early January 2013, Peter and I have lived in various locations. The latest place was in the house of Ismael and Orfe in Santa Ana. For the past 6 weeks, this house has been under extensive renovations to double the size of the house. It is coming along beautifully. I continue to be amazed at how much manual labor it takes to build anything in Guatemala. Perhaps tomorrow I will give an update on the house.
Today I thought I would post some pictures of my single room apartment in Santa Ana. Peter has the room next door. We may be in the only apartment building in Santa Ana. At least I am not familiar with another. All things considered, it is a nice place. There are about 18 rooms, and I believe that most of them are occupied. We are meeting our neighbors one by one.
We are located on the second floor of the building which is located along a main highway. These two attributes give me a sense of safety and security. Our landlord is a nice man and the neighbors are friendly. Someone is always around.
The water seems to run on its own schedule, which is not 24-7. So, I keep a supply of water on hand in a bucket in case I need a shower and no water is available through the usual means! We also have to go downstairs to the pila to do laundry and to wash dishes since there is no sink for such things in the room. It is just a matter of being organized.
Most of my room is held together with string....or at least that is the way that it appears! I use string to hang the mosquito net at night, string for a clothesline, string to hold the hammock in place, string to hang shelving over the top of walls, and string to give the shower head some tilt so the water actually falls on me!
The electricity flickers at least once per day, but it is pretty steady. Considering that I only have one plug with two sockets for everything that runs in the room, I am grateful. Such things would include: refrigerator, hot plate, computer charger, phone charger, Nook charger, camera charger, sleep machine, clock, and lamp.
There are varying degrees of noise around the place, but I am used to ignoring noise, so I am not bothered. Though on Saturday night, there was a person who could crow like a real rooster, and he practiced loudly at the beginning of each new song played on the radio at the bar/restaurant across the street!
Okay enjoy the pictures!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012