When we run out of things to say, we generally talk about the weather. Well, I haven't run out of things to say, but the weather in Antigua might be an interesting topic. Guatemala has only two seasons: winter (or the wet season) and summer (or the dry season). August to December is the winter. (By the way, the children have free from school in November and December for their summer break.)
Winter means that I might wear a jacket in the early morning or in the evening or when it rains. By December, I may need warmer clothing, but for now a simple jacket works with my summer clothing. Winter means that it generally is sunny in the morning and rainy by mid-afternoon. It never snows in Antigua. My teacher has never even seen snow on the mountain tops. It must be different to sing Christmas carols about snow when you have never experienced it!
Antigua is surrounded on 4 sides by mountains and volcanoes. In the morning the sky is clear and blue. When the rain comes, the clouds cover the mountain tops. We have had some thunder and lightening since my arrival, but nothing that I would call a huge storm. When it rains long and hard, the streets become wide rivers. The streets are built for the rain. You will notice that there is a slant to the street and that the bottom center is a trough for the rain to run to the sewers, which are located in the middle of the streets usually at the corners. In the rain I wear a light raincoat basically to cover my bookbag. I also use an umbrella. My shoes and the bottoms of my pants will be very wet upon arrival home.
For the past three days, the mosquitos have been ferocious!! Perhaps they like the new menu on the street! The sun is very warm if you stand directly in it. There is generally a slight breeze that helps to cool the noontime. There are nice flowers in the winter here, but I am guessing that the flowers are even more colorful and perhaps larger in the summer. I haven't found a weather channel on the TV, so basically what is happening is what I experience.
When I left United States, many parts of our country were experiencing drought. Here, we have had rain almost everyday because we are in the wet season. The contrast is difficult to imagine. I also find it good to see trees on the mountainsides. This tells me that erosion is at a minimum and that we have plenty of brand new air produced by the trees to breathe.
So, how is the weather in Toledo and around the country?
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012