We couldn’t be further away from the Olympics but at least we’ve found a family who has a TV so we just watched the opening ceremony. This is the moment Guatemala came on screen.
Here is a little update on the interesting couple of weeks we’ve had here in El Paredon.
The great news is that:
- We have sold our first lancha installation(20 small boats made out of tin cans, nails and painted seed pods) to the lovely owners of the Surf House – Kristof and James – for their office in Antigua. We are really excited to be selling our own artwork and open to more commissions!
The Surf House are also going to have a shop which we are going to stock, which will be great.
- Larry – one of our lead followers of this blog from the US has rallied enough support from his community to fund 30 books for teachers for the local school here and is going to come out and visit us in November.
- We have had some lovely people to hang out with who are staying at the Surf Camp – Zach – an adventure boy from America who introduced me to two inspirational books – Walden; Life In the Woods – about simple living and As a Man Thinketh – about positive thinking. Also Kara – a nurse from California who was our hair wrap guinea pig, my surf buddy and a strong lady who also gave us some money towards art materials for the workshop and let us share her dinners when she had a dodgy stomach (thanks Kara!). Then there is Hubi – who is still here 3 weeks later and who has fallen in love with El Paredon – a snowboarder and teacher from Austria who has created some amazing new products for our project and is a big sparkle (a blog post will be dedicated to him soon). This is him after leading a driftwood creature workshop.
- Carlos, our godfather from the city, came in his breaking down truck and brought us a wardrobe and 6 homemade stools, as well as some peanut butter, cotton earbuds and some pills to prevent fever! We have made it clear that you don’t kiss your friends on the mouth in our country when you say hello and since then he has told us about his wife, so all is good all round.
- My surfing is finally improving after 4 months of nosedives, wipeouts and duck dive disasters. I am getting up and even getting to the line up with the local boys. Photos to follow! A healthy dose of adrenaline each morning gives me some calm in my heart for the rest of the day.
Some tricky times
Life is however not always one big paradise here. We came into a cultural conflict last weekend when an over-generous tourist gave the three kids who were selling work with us 200Q each (over $20 – twice the average daily wage) We decided it would be fairer to split the tips with the whole group but the parents of the kids didn’t think so and the whole town turned against us for a day. We had a big meeting to clear up matters, explaining that in our country there is a culture of sharing, something that is not normal practice here. Fortunately things are better now, but it was a good reminder that we cannot assume that things work here like at home.