I'm in Guatemala !
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... it's my third week in Guatemala. I have to be really disciplined to keep going. Every place I've been to so far made me want to "settle down" for at least a month!
I took a week of my first formal studies in Spanish in Xela (Quetzaltenango). Utatlan Spanish school is an excellent place for those who want to get training in conversational Spanish. They don't do any "push" marketing so it might be easy to overlook them. But the instructors are great - highly educated and very caring. Also, I was lucky to stay in a family where people took their time and made an effort to help me practice my Spanish. Vilma and Jorge, blessings to you! I even had an improvised lesson in "street" Spanish. Surprise-surprise, they use the same (literally, the same) "concepts" and even expressions as we do in Russian.
Lago Atitlan was next and I had a chance to fully concentrate on my guitar and notes for a week, making time for relaxing hikes, boat rides and meeting new people. San Marcos, where I was stayng in a thatched roof bungalo, is perfect for anyone interested in yoga, massage, spiritual practices, and many other contemporary things like learning the basics of quantum physics with a transcendental twist to it.
And now I'm in Antigua, the former capital of Guatemala. The first day I got here, the city got flooded after a heavy rain. Nearly 500 year-old Antigua doesn't get drainage system, so water was getting inside hotels and restaurants, which seemed to be an almost everyday thing for Antiguans. I'm taking it easy - it is not worth getting distracted from the beautiful city taking Spanish classes when I only have five days here...