Sunday, September 21, 2008

Two Months

Journal excerpt, September 19, 2008

Today marks my second month in Guatemala. On the one hand, it doesn't feel like I've been here nearly that long; my vacation with Cristie seems like it was another trip that took place ages ago, and I feel like I've only been in Xela a couple of weeks. On the other hand, I feel as if I've really settled in pretty well here and gotten comfortable in Xela and Guatemala, which makes it feel like I've been here forever. According to Boris, that means it's time -- past time -- to leave, but I'm not entirely convinced that being comfortable is such a bad thing. Sure, it's bad if I let the familiarity and comfort factor take over and get stuck here, but as long as I have "legitimate" things I want to do*, goals to accomplish and a determination to leave when I have accomplished them, then being comfortable makes life all the more pleasant -- especially when I know that, once I start moving again, the next stage of my travels will once again be more hectic and less relaxed. So I'm enjoying being comfortable while I can, without getting complacent.

*Legitimate things such as solidifying my understanding of various subjunctive tenses in Spanish, taking private salsa lessons, and getting help with the start of my next weaving project. :)


Tandava said...

Wow, two months already. I think the arguments on both sides of the staying/leaving question are legitimate. Just be careful -- you could probably keep the salsa lessons going for a long time! :-)

Anonymous said...

HI Lacey,
I am traveling to Guatemala on Weds. Oct1, and I miraculously stumbled upon your blog. It's been a relief to me and has quelled some fears of mine so I appreciate you taking the time to blog your trip! Perhaps we can meet up somewhere. My friends and I are from Seattle:)