Hello Happy People! There’s a breeze here that thinks it’s doing more than it’s actually doing. I’m in a cafe sipping on another watermelon smoothie trying to stay cool.
Here are my latest discoveries:
1. I do not know how to properly cut a mango. (Above: the mess I made.)
2. When you smile at people, they don’t always smile back.
3. Smile anyway.
4. In Guatemala, the most popular (and cheapest) form of travel is the “chicken bus”. It’s the same school bus we rode as children, except it is tricked out.
There is no such thing as a “full” bus. The driver’s assistant forces you to sit 4 to a seat. If there isn’t room to sit, you stand in the aisle. I prefer the latter because -if you recall from childhood- there isn’t enough real estate for 4 people. But my timing is never right. I always become the 4th person. I press my back into the side of the seat (read: wall sit), which forces my legs into the aisle and in between the legs of the person standing. When the pain in my quads becomes too much, I squeeze the person’s legs with my inner thighs. I have nothing to hold on to! The bus ride is long. I distract myself by counting how many times the person’s mochilla (backpack) swings back and forth against the side of my head.
6. No one on the crowded bus complains. It’s an inspiring lesson in patience and acceptance.
Tip of the day: Learn how to properly cut a mango. I found this “how to cut a mango” tutorial. Game changer. When I get back to D.C., I’m gonna have a mango dinner party. Wanna come?