On November 1st, people gather in the small village of Sumpango to admire the giant kites that have been patiently assembled for weeks. They bear messages for the dead, and will fly high into the sky until they break, delivering the messages. Some kites are 8 meters of diameter. All day the sky is full of kites. This particular kite shows the people watching the giant kites flying around.
Hi guys! I am writing a first update from Guatemala, since all the posts this week were scheduled before departure. I still have no electricity at the house, the electric company said it would take 24 hours to fix, and that was about 10 days ago. The running water may even take longer, as I applied for a permit at the council and now they can say yes or no. If they say yes, we would pay a fixed price monthly, whatever the use. Apparently this is cheaper for them than to install meters for everyone. If they say no because we look like heavy water users, we would have to buy a pump and pump the water from the lake, which would be expensive and complicated.
The house is much, much better than I expected. There is a big room that is separated in two by a wardrobe, on one side there is a double bed, and two single beds on the other. Then a bathroom with an electric shower and pretty good sink and toilet that we can’t use yet obviously. Finally a second big room with a table, a kitchen with a gas hob and oven, a fridge, and built in storage. As the fridge is not working, we are eating mainly canned things, pasta and rice, with a little fruit and vegetables when we go to town. It is hot a humid here so you can’t keep anything long.
I want to do a weekly update starting next week with more details.
On the blogging side, my week was pretty much nonexistent and I apologize for the lack of contact. I want to start a routine here when the light is back, write my articles in the morning and promote / read / interact with others in the evening. It gets dark around 6pm so there is plenty of time at night.
I have been reading a few articles this week, and here are my favorite.
How to earn an income from home – Tackling our Debt
How we renovated our first house for under $25,000 – Canadian Budget Binder
Should you pay off your mortgage early? – One Smart Dollar
Things I could have bought with $30,000 lost to credit card debt – Eyes on the Dollar
Hi there, what can you tell me about yourself? – Frugal Rules
And here are my posts of the week
and “Him” from Make Love Not Debt guest posted with Who did I marry, financially
Once again, thank you very much for your support, and have a great weekend all!