On the road to Quetzaltenango

Seriously, I had no idea how to pronounce this word, Quetzaltanengo.  However, after three week staying in this little town in Guatemala, I was able not only to pronounce this word correctly, but also spent a fantastic time here!

From Flores, I took an overnight bus to Guatemala City.

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I slept alright.. again it was freaking cold. I arrived at the city in the morning, after about 10 hours I believe.

 

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The guy right there was staring at me, pretty creppy…  so I decided to step back and keep my phone down.

 

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Fuente del Norte station, Guatemala city

From Guatemala City was another 4 hour drive to Quetzaltenango (Xela), where I will be taking spanish class at. I hopped on a bus at 8am, at the same station, which costs me Q70.

When I was literally starving on the bus to Xela, someone was selling food. 🙂
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By her 🙂

 

Still, I was pretty tired after spending the whole night on the bus.  I was just hoping to get to Xela asap and get settled down. After two hours of bus from GC, the bus suddenly stopped.

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Then I knew we were in trouble…  after talking to the driver, all I understood was “Guatemala, muchas problemas, no pasar.” Enough for me to understand… Later, I learned that some indigenous people were protesting and blocking the road…. thanks so much…

 

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A really old lady sleeping on the road

 

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A boring (cowboy-looking) guy chilling

 

After stranding there for more than 6 hours… I finally got to Xela!

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Pasaje Enriquez

 

I settled down the same day I got there at a very welcoming homestay family. The lady is one hell of a cook! I am really glad that I decided to stay with her. I also met another guy from London who stays at the same family and goes to the same school!

 

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Roof of my school

 

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That’s where I am studying Spanish, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week :0 It has been three weeks and I feel like I learned more than what I did in the past two semesters!

 

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One of the many after school activities- playing futbol!

 

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Birthday party!

 

Of course I don’t just study all day. I went on a couple of hikes around the city, ate a lot of great food from my host family, bought cheap things, heard people saying “Chino” to me  a lot, ate awesome street food, discovered interesting cultures of Guatemalan and more…

單身的好處

琴日一早諗住踩入US Embassy 諗住問個visa問題,點知原來冇walk-in consulting… 唯有死死氣揾個library上網睇下可以點搞啦… 行左落好耐未去過嘅大會堂,再去埋上邊圖書館睇睇。去到已經唔想再諗visa嘅問題,借左本愛情小說,諗住揾個靜靜地咁睇下書啦。一時諗起幾日前同個friend去左10號碼頭度吹水飲酒,咁不如過去啦! 點知一落圖書館樓下就傾盆大雨… 去到碼頭成鞋濕唒…

睇到十二點幾見悶悶地,就過返皇后像廣場,嘆返個焗豬…正! 食完後,去邊好呢? 一於入元朗! 不過入元朗架巴士岩岩走左。見到969,心諗咁入天水圍啦!

感覺好快就入到去,可能未搭過969入去… (好好奇好遊客嘅心態)。反而係TSW loop兜左好耐…天水圍──給人一個圍城、經常有悲劇發生、生活條件坎坷嘅地方。但係去到完全冇想像咁差,有d似小西灣,周圍都有有好多好多樓同學校。TSW人生活唔算好富裕,但係自成一角,總算一個安居嘅小社區。係天水圍市中心個站落車,漫無方向咁行,突然醒起TSW 有個濕地公園!! 去到驚覺「星期二休息」…… 又死死氣咁light rail去元朗。途中無聊text一個 – 有個住係TSW嘅女朋友 – 嘅朋友,佢介紹我去一間位於元朗、幾出名嘅茶記。

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係屏山站落,向坑尾村方向進發 (ding原來有個坑尾村站….)

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似喇似樣喇近喇!

 

 

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亂打亂撞終於俾我搵到坑頭村! 一去到有d誇張,有幾排人坐左係出面…… 我一丁友,攞左籌,要等成三、四十張枱 =0= 見到個waitlist好多到係兩個人,同埋入邊都有d單丁位,就決定搭枱去^^

 

叫左個招牌菠蘿包同檸檬益力多

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招牌菠蘿包到左,搭枱有個哥仔同佢d clients傾緊新屋裝修問題,客氣地叫我要先,我話「你先啦」。最後都俾左我先。我諗住等埋杯野飲先食啦,但不出幾分鐘,突然傳來一句「菠蘿包賣哂」,心裡不禁暗喜。拿拿聲食喇喂仲等!!! 可能我食左lunch先入黎,個包味道不過不失,但菠蘿包咁炮製好有新意! 檸檬同益力多嘅味亦出乎意料咁夾!!

埋單$30,然後見等緊嘅人仲等緊,沾沾了一下(可能不自覺笑左出黎),昂然闊步、不失霸氣咁離開 Lol

二零一四年六月廿四日        元朗、天水圍

The Awkward I love you

I won a round of “Never have I ever” by saying “Never have I ever said “I love you” to my mom. All I got was “What?! Really?” And then they shut up and drank.

I guess it really depends, but that’s how it works in my family since I grew up… We never explicitly said “I love you” to express our love to each other. It sounds natural to say “Bye mom. Love you” in English, but in Chinese it is weird.

Never have I ever done anything to celebrate Father’s and Mother’s Day with my parents also. I decided to change this!

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Green tea mousse cake making with Mom for Dad

 

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday.  I really haven’t bought her any birthday gifts before. I guess a birthday meal isn’t too bad for my first gift!

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Home-made pork ramen

 

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Ice-cream cake for my mom’s birthday

 

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Love you, Mom and Dad

瀑布灣之行

返左香港兩個星期有多,突然諗起之前有個friend提起過瀑布灣。我話聽過呀不過未去過。所以今日心血來潮,想去走一趟。搬左屋之後入去就遠少少,不過都值得嘅!

由華富搵到條路細落去,行下行下見到好多uncle們喺度游水。傾落知道原來佢地日日都會黎游水,幾凍都係!唔講真係唔會留意,原來睇水清唔清就知果日吹咩風。DSC09877

 

沿路見到好多佛像

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一路向貝沙灣方向行左大約十分鐘,已經行到盡頭。沿路行落去見到一個藍色、瑣住左嘅閘。都唔知瑣黎做乜,閘傍其實有個位入。

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去到都唔見有其他人。個瀑布雖然細細地,但都覺得好靚!

 

後面有成排豪宅破壞晒個景…

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瀑布灣眺望某某海峽

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臨走時有一個model同三個cam man黎左。咁難得有人俾我影下,梗係留多陣!

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黎華富另外一個原因係因為我知呢度有一兩間冰室!入左其中一間坐低左。因為冇哂菠蘿包,冇得嘆菠蘿油… 結果叫左個紙包+杯凍奶茶,都正!

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巧遇一位健談嘅呀叔。原本影緊杯茶同蛋糕,都唔係影佢… 佢就講笑式係度叫我唔好亂影。住左係呢度40幾年,拎住杯啤酒大談人生哲理lol… 我諗都聽左佢講成大半個鐘…

「後生仔,你幾多歲呀? 有d野唔到50你唔會明嫁喇。你先廿幾,我唔信你50前唔使捱。不過你到島先講啦,唔好話我咒你。」

「攝影最緊要係咩呀,題材丫嗎!好似呢度咁,點解呢度又要放一個(福祿壽), 果邊又要放一個(關公)? 你問下老闆娘就知道哂啦!明唔明呀? 丫,你咁L蠢嘅。 咁點解你黎呢度影丫?」我話冰室係香港其中一樣嘅特色。「梗係唔係啦!咁呢度都幾十年啦好多呢d地方都拆左,咁好多度都係咁wor。拿,如果你去每個區都影到一張代表到果區嘅相,咁你就好犀利喇!明唔明呀?」

「我讀得書少,咩攝影我就唔識,我淨係識用眼睇,部相機都係對眼黎喳嗎。拿,你地冇近視,我就唔同,啱啱廿蚊買左副老花。係睇得清呀,但係唔同加嗎,後生仔!」

「好啦,係咪影呀,俾你影張相留念喇!」

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二零一四年六月十日      華富村、瀑布灣

Road to Latin America