Guatemala Days 9 & 10

DAY 9

Today, we began with a hearty breakfast and then prepared to head out, thanking our hosts profusely and petting as many of the animals good-bye as would sit still for it. I had a hard time leaving Mina—I doubt she'll survive for me to see again if I go back next year. Still, she was a darn happy dog, so I can't be too sad.

The ride back to Guatemala City was uneventful, (if you can call darting through the sketchy traffic patterns while oogling far-off volcanoes uneventful), and made it to Dr. Dennis's bar unscathed.

Have I mentioned that Dennis has a bar? It's been so long since I updated I honestly can't remember. He got tired of just being a kick-ass vet and decided he needed to start an open-air biker bar next to his little clinic. He makes balloon animals, too. And one of the best margaritas I've ever had. And he's getting his pilot's license. And he was in the military at 11 years old. And he has owns crocodiles. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

We were all happy to get out of the van when we arrived, and even happier to wander around his bar with drink in hand, enjoying the random décor and tiny playground. This consisted of a teeter-totter with no handles and a little ladder to climb up in the tree, which was especially entertaining once the alcohol kicked in. However, the biggest event of the visit was the FOOD.

We watched as Dennis put more and more meat on his massive grill, the only obviously identifiable thing being the entire rabbit on a spit. While we waited, he supplied us chips and homemade spinach dip and a soup that he survived in a tiny cauldron hanging on its own tripod. Then there was grilled french bread. Then there was more alcohol. When we (or at least I) were filling quite satisfied with our lot in life, he started bringing out the actual meal. Beyond the standard piles of meat, my favorite part of the meal was when he stuck pieces of steak all over this mace-looking thing that had been heating up on the grill, poured something flammable on it, and lit it on fire.

I'm so sorry I don't have pictures of this yet. I'm working on it.

That day, we ended up trying at least 5 different types of animal: pig, cow, rabbit, frog, and crocodile. My least favorite was the crocodile—it had a LOT of fascia, so it was hard to get to the actual meat. I gather that's a predator thing.

After we had gorged ourself, we went to visit Dennis's clinic next door on the hillside, denoted by a sign that simply stated “VET,” the letters formed out of bleached bone. Going inside, he told us stories of the variety of animals he'd dealt with. As I may have mentioned before, Guatemalan vets don't really specialize—you have to be prepared for anything that walks in the door. Dennis, in particular, has connections to a local zoo/circus/something, so he gets to play with scarier animals than the rest of us might. To deal with this issue, he made his own blow dart gun with which to anesthetize the grumpier, bitier, pointier things. The darts he fashioned out of hypodermic needles, sealing the ends of the needles and putting a tiny hole in the needle a little further down. This hole was covered w/ a rubber washer until the needle entered flesh, at which point it would be shoved down from the hole and the anesthesia could enter the animal.

I want a blow dart gun. I can't promise who/what I'll use it on.

Then we went back to the bar, and with very little encouragement from Dennis, went down to meet the pet crocodiles he keeps in the backyard. At one point he asked me if I wanted to hold one, and in my drunken state I didn't hesitate to assure that I did, indeed, wish to cuddle an enormous lizard of death.

So he grabbed it, we lassoed it, and he restrained it as I wrapped duct tape clumsily around its snout. That one might have been named Louise. I can't remember at this point.

After I grabbed the crocodile and cheesed for the camera, everybody else secured their gumption and got in line. Most of us had indeed imbibed by that point.

Afterwards, we climbed, giggling, back up the hill to the bar, where Dennis pulled out his karaoke station. Seriously, the day just got better and better. We then proceeded to belt out everything from La Bamba to Bohemian Rhapsody, with musical Spanish interludes from Dennis addressed to one or another of the ladies.

After taking full advantage of every hospitality Dennis felt like supplying, we headed back to the house in San Lucas and prepared ourselves to leave the next day. I haven't slept so well for quite some time.

DAY 10

Today, we went home. I can't lie—I was EXTREMELY excited to be back in my own apartment. If we could have transplanted my apartment to Guatemala, that would have been one thing, but I was in serious need of my own space, especially including the roommate's cat Cricket.

We started out the morning with Steve making breakfast, and enjoyed one last meal together before heading back to Guatemala City and the airport. One of the hardest parts was saying good-bye to the animals in the San Lucas house.

Mina was my absolute favorite—her tail started wagging the moment she knew you'd noticed her, and she never stopped trying to sneak inside to be closer to us (and whatever armchair she could hop into while we weren't looking).

Danika and I were both chomping at the bit, so the drive to the airport was frustrating—Darvy said that level of traffic congestion was REALLY unexpected, and I pushed my imaginary brake pedal more than once as we fought our way through the hordes of other commuters.

Still, we made it, and survived the airport security and souvenir peddlers to get to our flight.

Everything about our travel day was uneventful, except for our lay-over in Houston. If you recall, I had a great deal of luggage trouble on the way out to Guatemala, so I was very prepared to make sure that my luggage actually got to my final destination this time. However, for some reason that's not how things are done when you're coming back INTO the US, and we were required to pick up our luggage and recheck it. My flight was a bit later than everyone else's, so I definitely had more leeway, but I was also switching airlines (mental note: stop planning itineraries with airline switches), so I had to travel quite a ways via a sketchy tram system, stairs, and elevators to get to my last flight. I survived, being the scrappy adult that I am, and made it home safely in time for Danika and her sweet husband to give me a ride with them back to Fort Collins.

Stepping into my apartment was...wonderful. Cricket, the roommate's cat, came running and flopped in front of me for his traditional belly rub as if I'd never been gone. However, his degree of cuddliness since I've been back indicates that he did, indeed miss me. David, my roommate, once plaintively mentioned that he was pretty sure Cricket likes me best now. I had to admit that I cheat—I have built-in cat pillows (aka cleavage) and a heated mattress pad.

My hot shower in my own apartment right before getting into my own bed might have been the best one of my life.

Random things:

--When you spend over a week immersed in a Spanish-speaking culture, it can be difficult to turn that part of you back off. This can lead to awkward situations. For example, I was going into a bathroom in the Houston airport and passed a small Latina woman coming out. Because I'm a friendly person, I instinctively greeted her, “Hola!” without thinking about the fact that she might be insulted that I assumed she spoke Spanish just by how she looked. To be fair to me, I honestly didn't even notice her appearance when I said it. It was only afterwards that I considered what that might have sounded like. Also, I did the same thing to the Chinese woman at the food stall where I got dinner.

--Even if you expect and prepare for it, the culture shock of coming home can hit you. I only had 3 hectic days to get back into the groove, and yet I was surprised when I had a bit of a crying jag at the end of my first week of school. It affected me that much when I was only gone for 10 days. Imagine what it would be like if I'd been gone longer...

look there online viagra cheap

buying canadian viagra online

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]online viagra[/url]

cheap viagra

the best deal on viagra

--

best auto insurance

cheapest car insurance [url=http://auto24insurance24online.com/]cheap car insurance online[/url]
auto insurance quotes cheap car insurance quotes

--

brand cialis canadian source

cialis wirkung besser

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]online cialis[/url]

online cialis

cialis acheter in haarlem

--

viagra soft overnight

viagra price india 2011

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]buy viagra online[/url]

viagra online

wirkung viagra verstarken

--

non prescription viagra to buy

effects viagra visual

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]buy viagra[/url]

viagra online

viagra soft pills uk

--

force

q http://paydayota.com >instant payday loans middle
room|[url=http://paydayota.com]best payday loans[/url]
instant payday loans

--

price viagra in turkey

viagra cialis cocktail

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]viagra online[/url]

cheap viagra

la viagra mas barata

--

cheap uk viagra

viagra for sale in nottingham

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]buy viagra[/url]

viagra

acheter viagra authentiqu

--

www aaa com

statefarm com allstate insurance company compare car insurance [url=http://autoinsurances247.com/]car insurance quote[/url]
metromile

--

cialis berlin

comprare cialis in interne

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]online cialis[/url]

generic cialis

acheter cialis discoun

--

hearing aid batteries 312 best price

hearing aid prices at costco [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/]hearing aid prices in canada[/url] rechargeable hearing aid batteries review
reviews costco hearing aids [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/best-hearing-aids.html]hearing aid resources[/url] walmart hearing aids prices
hearing aid battery size 10 [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/hearing-aids-prices.html]rechargeable hearing aid batteries at walmart[/url] affordable hearing aids reviews 2017
hearing aid batteries 312a vs 312 [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/hearing-aids-reviews.html]hearing aids at walmart[/url] reviews costco hearing aids

hearing aids consumer reports ratings oticon hearing aids manual hearing aid batteries 13 walmart
hearing aid walmart hearing aid prices in canada in store hearing aids at walmart
hearing aid battery size 13 vs 312 ebay beltone hearing aids for sale phonak hearing aids prices costco
hearing aid at walmart prices behind the ear hearing aid battery 312 reviews hearing aids prices comparison

--

reviews with the best mattresses

best mattresses 2017 [url=http://valdesystems.com/]top rated mattresses for 2017[/url] the best mattresses 2017
top 5 mattresses 2017 [url=http://valdesystems.com/]best mattresses 2017[/url] mattresses 2017
the best rated mattress 2017 [url=http://topmattressreviews.org/best-mattress-to-buy-in-2017/]best mattresses 2017[/url] best mattresses for 2017
best rated mattresses 2017 [url=http://bestmattressreviewsandratings.com/best-mattress-to-buy-in-2017/]best mattresses for 2017[/url] top 10 mattresses 2017
best rated mattresses 2017 [url=http://innovasaber.com/best-mattress-to-buy-in-2017/]best mattresses for 2017[/url] consumer reports best mattresses 2017
casper mattress discount [url=http://valdesystems.com/casper-mattress/]casper coupon code sheets[/url] casper com promo code
leesa com promo code [url=http://valdesystems.com/leesa-mattress/]leesa discount code[/url] leesa bed coupon code
amerisleep mattress coupon code [url=http://valdesystems.com/amerisleep-mattress/]amerisleep mattress coupon codes[/url] amerisleep bed coupon code
helix mattress promo code [url=http://valdesystems.com/helix-mattress/]helix discounts[/url] free helix coupons codes
free winkbeds coupons [url=http://valdesystems.com/winkbeds-mattress/]winkbeds bed promo code[/url] winkbeds coupon code sheets

best mattress to buy in 2017 best memory foam mattresses 2017 best mattress to buy 2017
top rated mattresses 2017 consumer reports best mattress 2017 best mattress to buy 2017
top rated mattresses for 2017 best mattresses 2017 best mattress 2017
best mattresses 2017 for couples rate mattresses 2017 best memory foam mattresses 2017
casper discount code free casper coupon code casper bed coupon
leesa sleep promo code leesa referral codes leesa bed promo code
free amerisleep coupon amerisleep bed coupon amerisleep promo codes
helix mattress coupon code helix discount code helix bed discount
winkbeds mattress coupon codes winkbeds coupon code sheets free winkbeds coupons codes

--

cialis economici

comparison levitra cialis cost

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]online cialis[/url]

buy cialis online

just try! cialis generic

--

only today fda approved cialis

cialis professional buy uk

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]cheap cialis[/url]

online cialis

cialis shop online

--

kheaven

c http://cialisota.com >cialis coupon last
interest|[url=http://cialisota.com]buy cialis online[/url]
buy generic cialis

--

viagra price india 2011

the best place uk viagra

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]viagra[/url]

cheap viagra

look here viagra price online

--

nyc cialis no prescription

best levitra cialis viagr

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]cialis generic[/url]

online cialis

click here herbal cialis

--

i recommend cialis endurance

only best offers cialis canda

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]buy cheap cialis[/url]

cialis

cheapest price on cialis

--

buying viagra from canada safe

como usar o viagra generico

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]viagra cheap[/url]

viagra

canadian fda approved viagra

--

hearing aids prices in canada

oticon hearing aid prices comparison chart [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/]rechargeable hearing aid batteries at walmart[/url] hearing aid prices canada
resound hearing aids prices costco [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/best-hearing-aids.html]siemens hearing aids prices online[/url] hearing aids for sale in michigan
used hearing aids for sale by owner [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/hearing-aids-prices.html]hearing aid price comparison[/url] best hearing aids 2017 reviews
312 hearing aid battery reviews [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/hearing-aids-reviews.html]review of costco hearing aids[/url] hearing aid batteries 312 duracell best price

best hearing aids 2017 reviews hearing aid battery 312 rechargeable hearing aid battery size chart
used hearing aids for sale by owner hearing aid at walmart prices hearing aid reviews consumer reports
hearing aids for sale in michigan siemens touching hearing aid manual hearing aids prices walmart
hearing aids for sale on ebay hearing aids consumer reports ratings digital hearing aid price comparison

--

how much is a 20 mg cialis

cialis tabs for sale

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]buy cialis[/url]

online cialis

cialis ad

--

hmeans

q http://viagraota.com >viagra single
early|[url=http://viagraota.com]viagra[/url]
buy viagra online

--

best price on prescription drugs

cialis coupons lilly cialis cialis in usa pharmacy [url=http://pharmacyus24h.com/]is generic cialis safe[/url]

--

flrj3adv

wh0cd869691 [url=http://bentyltablets.us.com/]bentyl over the counter[/url] [url=http://buytriamterene.us.org/]triamterene-hctz 50mg[/url] [url=http://bupropion.us.org/]bupropion[/url]

--

walmart stores that sell hearing aids

costco hearing aid reviews 2017 [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/]hearing aids walmart[/url] hearing aid battery size chart
hearing aid batteries size 312 [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/best-hearing-aids.html]phonak hearing aids prices canada[/url] review hearing aids at costco
review of hearing aids consumer reports [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/hearing-aids-prices.html]md hearing aids reviews consumer reports[/url] hearing aids prices
hearing aids for sale [url=https://wowhearingaids.com/hearing-aids-reviews.html]siemens touch hearing aid manual[/url] hearing aid batteries 312 walmart

hearing aids for sale amazon hearing aids at costco reviews hearing aids prices at costco
312 hearing aid battery reviews best hearing aids hearing aids prices costco
best price on 312 hearing aid batteries best hearing aid batteries 312 reviews hearing aid manual
resound hearing aids 2017 reviews resound hearing aids 2017 reviews siemens hearing aids prices costco

--

we choice overnight cialis

is cialis for men

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]cheap cialis[/url]

cheap cialis online

cialis moins cher en belgique

--

cialis bestellen online.

cialis prix 100mg

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]buy cialis[/url]

cialis

cialis without ed

--

buy cheap cialis AndrewsCleap

cialis in pune
[url=http://cialisbhg.com]buying online cialis[/url]
cialis arzneimittel
buy cheap cialis
billiger.de cialis

--

online car insurance quotes

progressive auto insurance quote amco insurance costco car insurance [url=http://autoinsurances247.com/]liberty insurance[/url]
farmers insurance group

--

jmnmeioh

wh0cd12934 [url=http://nexium.us.org/]NEXIUM SALE[/url] [url=http://buyinderal.us.org/]buy inderal[/url] [url=http://nexiumprice.us.com/]Nexium Esomeprazole Magnesium[/url]

--

cost of viagra at cvs

buying viagra from canada safe

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]generic viagra[/url]

buy viagra online

il viagra alza la pressione

--

uwindow

f http://paydayota.com >payday loans for bad credit ever
loved|[url=http://paydayota.com]payday loans online[/url]
payday loans online

--

look there viagra sales

recommended viagra dose

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]cheap viagra[/url]

viagra

viagra libido

--

The 2-Minute Rule for cialis for sale

Longevity is really an herbal complement with a lot of powerful, proprietary purely natural substances, fully freed from unnatural substances or steroids. Longevity goes over and above just growing blood move. It raises your sexual drive and libido The natural way.
is healthy man viagra legitimate
[url=http://megaviagraonline.com]buy generic viagra online [/url]
http://www.megaviagraonline.com cheap viagra online
Consider just one Longevity having a glass of drinking water and thirty minutes later, you can feel it working.
viagra experiences
[url=http://www.megaviagraonline.com]this web - megaviagraonline.com [/url]
http://www.megaviagraonline.com this link
You will understand a commanding, tough erection and that erection is going to be equally as substantial as mother nature meant! The ability to realize many erections can very last as much as 3 times with only one dose!

--

comprar cialis francia

cialis buy online france

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]buy cialis[/url]

cialis

cialis con cocaina

--

was ist cialis generika

cialis kaufen - 5mg

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]cialis[/url]

cialis

was ist cialis generika

--

viagra softabls

viagra online lima peru

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]viagra[/url]

generic viagra

viagra e cardioaspirin

--

buy cheap cialis AndrewsCleap

cialis 5 mg prezzo in farmacia italia
[url=http://cialisbhg.com]cheap generic cialis[/url]
cialis con pagamento contrassegno
cheap cialis online
cialis srbija prodaja

--

Health Blog

low cost prescription drugs canada canadian meds without prescriptions about canadian drug companies [url=http://canadahealthypharmacy.com/]us pharmacy cialis[/url] do you need a prescription for viagra in canada

cheap viagra canadian

--

loan for bad credit

easy online payday loans direct lenders
[url=http://focusteam.ma/index.php?bad_credit_loans_utah=117988331&view=itemlist&task=user&id=464048&short_cash_loans=22368929&option=com_k2&personal_loan_fast=67778150]i need a loan but i have bad credit[/url]
bad credit secured personal loans
easiest loan to get
[url=http://www.ibccmexico.com/index.php/component/users/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=382204]online personal loan application[/url]
cash advance florida
payday loans for bad credit direct lenders no fees
[url=http://www.ime.ingegneria.unige.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=142579&Itemid=101]payday money[/url]
pay day lender
online long term loans
[url=http://www.raceiq.us/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=520416]lend money online[/url]
online credit application
short term online loans
[url=http://miranico.ir/index.php/component/users/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=2328542]money now usa[/url]
first payday loan free
apply for a loan online
[url=http://surrogacy-rus.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=150894]legitimate payday loans online[/url]
cash advanced
loans in virginia
[url=http://andrey-skripka.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=241730]payday loans lexington ky[/url]
cash advance lenders only
payday loans sc
[url=http://appu.te.ua/index.php/component/users/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=85438]easy loans with no credit[/url]
payday loans in colorado
direct online payday lenders

--

comprar cialis francia

only here get cialis fast

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]online cialis[/url]

buy cialis online

online purchase daily cialis

--

efectos cialis 10 mg

how do i take cialis 5mg

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]generic cialis[/url]

buy cheap cialis

cialis frei

--

hampshire cialis

cialis rheuma

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]generic cialis[/url]

buy cheap cialis

cialis generic by paypal

--

price viagra in turkey

generic viagra natural

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]buy viagra online[/url]

viagra online

viagra plus drugstore.com

--

viagra plus drugstore.com

viagra shelf life potency

[url=http://cheapviagrageno.com/]viagra[/url]

generic viagra

viagra uk chemists

--

New package XRumer 16.0 + XEvil break ANY hard captcha

Absolutely NEW update of SEO/SMM software "XRumer 16.0 + XEvil 3.0":
captchas solution of Google, Facebook, Bing, Hotmail, SolveMedia, Yandex,
and more than 8400 another categories of captcha,
with highest precision (80..100%) and highest speed (100 img per second).
You can connect XEvil 3.0 to all most popular SEO/SMM software: XRumer, GSA SER, ZennoPoster, Srapebox, Senuke, and more than 100 of other programms.

Interested? There are a lot of introducing videos about XEvil in YouTube.
Good luck ;)

XRumer201707

--

confezione cialis 20 mg prezzo

cost for cialis canada

[url=http://cheapcialisgeno.com/]cialis online[/url]

buy cheap cialis

buy cheap cialis soft montreal

--

User login