Welcome to San Pedro…
Welcome to San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala, on the shores of Lake Atitlán!
Oh boy, I’m happy now (it’s the 4th), but it took some work to make it happen. I arrived on the 3rd after a 2 1/2 hour microbus ride that actually took 4 hours. I went first to the school, San Pedro Spanish School, and was very pleased with the reception and the physical layout of the school.
They were to assign me a homestay and the magic just wasn’t working. The local year-around population of this town must be 70% Maya with the rest made up of Westerners with a decidedly hippie-ish lifestyle who have made a home here by offering services to the tourists, and a very few native Spanish speakers who run language schools.
I visited three homestay families and all of them spoke their language between themselves and only used Spanish when speaking to me directly. I just wasn’t up to dealing with another language, interesting as it might have been.