Meeting Deaf Mayans
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November 23rd, 2008 – by: joeldeafnation
He works so hard every day, doing about 12 to 14 hours of work a day, and then brings his material on Fridays and Saturdays to different suppliers and customers.
Once again, we drove through Quetzaltenango, seeing many new buildings mixed in with old markets. I saw many Mayans selling their wares along with common vendors, and it was a fascinating sight. We saw a new mall, and decided to stop by for some food, at Taco Bell. It was just for fun because Taco Bellâ€™s menu is definitely not native to Guatemala. It was a fun lunch! The mall had everything that American-style malls have, and it was a good thing to see. I hope that the new generation of Guatemalans and their government will help preserve the Mayan race and their culture because considering the world as it is now, we canâ€™t afford to lose more chapters in the history of our planet.
We then returned to Cantel to meet up with Samâ€™s family. Sandra asked me to join her in cooking some special Guatemalan cuisine. I couldnâ€™t say no to that offer! We made some Jocon and Caldo de res. Flor, Sandraâ€™s daughter, made the dessert ďż˝" tres leches cake. All of us had a good laugh and great conversation during the meal. It was interesting to learn about Florâ€™s job as interpreter. Deaf Guatemalans always pay their interpreters for job interviews, hospital visits, work meetings, and other events. I asked her about the cost because interpreters tend to be a little pricey, and because many Guatemalans would be unlikely to afford their services. Flor said that the client usually negotiates the rates with the interpreter before the point of satisfaction is reached. The rates usually fall in the range of $3USD to $8USD per hour. She was amazed by the fact that we Americans donâ€™t really pay for those services except for private occasions. Flor was also impressed by the relay services back home in America. We then had a discussion about Sorenson Epansol and its tri-language capabilities. She hoped that the Guatemalan government will help improve the standard of living for Deaf people in the country. It was a great end to the evening with them, having had good food and good discussions!
I definitely will miss them tomorrow when I leave in the morning at around 6 AM, for the next assignment. I greatly appreciated their hospitality and their taking excellent care of me, David, and Alvaro. I also extended my thanks to Marco who was more than willing to join us for the past three days here. Buenos Noches!
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