Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Adventures in Romania. Nuevas aventuras en Rumania.

After 10 months in my beautiful Guatemala, spending time with my family and directing a small school, I am in Bucharest, Romania where I will be teaching Spanish to grades 1 to 5 for 2 years!! 

On August  5th 2010 I flew to Bucharest via Mexico and Frankfurt. My new school, American International School of Bucharest, is a world IB school, which means I made it to the major leagues as far as international schools go. I found a great apartment overlooking a lake only 15 minutes drive from school. AISB has provided me with a blue VW Polo to use during my contract. I've been driving for 2 weeks now, and I am beginning to not need a map to get around town. The teachers and the administration at my school are the best. Everyone has been extremely friendly and helpful. My principal and vice-principal are amazing. It's a pleasure to work with such professionals who are passionate about education. I have colleagues from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Australia and Romania among other nationalities. My students are a joy. They come from at least 25 countrie. They seem excited about learning Spanish. Bucharest is a charming city with a combination of European sophistication and down-to-earth character. Finally, this morning I visited the Bucharest International Church and I loved it! I have so much to be thankful for. My Abba Father has been so good to me. He is Awesome!

Have a wonderful school year for those who teach and great new adventures for everyone!

Abundant blessings!

Despues de 10 meses en mi bella Guatemala, pasando tiempo con mi familia y dirigiendo un pequeño colegio, estoy a Bucarest, Romania, donde dare clases de Español en 1-5 grado por 2 años!

El 5 de agosto del 2010 vole a Bucarest via Mexico y Frankfurt. Mi nuevo colegio, American International School of Bucharest un colegio IB del Mundo, lo que significa que he llegado a las ligas mayores en los colegios internacionales. Dos dias despues de llegar, encontre un apartamento super con vista a un lago a solo 15 minutos del colegio. AISB me ha proporcionado un VW Polo azul durante mi contrato. He manejado por 2 semanas y empiezo a no necesitar el mapa para andar por la ciudad. Los maestros y la administracion de mi colegio son excelentes. Todos han sido muy amigables y serviciales. Mi directora y sub-directora son maravillosas. Es un placer trabajar con profesionales apasionados por la educacion. Mis colegas vienen de Estados Unidos, Canada, Nueva Zelanda, Mexico, Australia y Romania entre otras nacionalidades. Mis alumnos son una ternura. Ellos vienen de por lo menos 25 paises y parecen estar emocionadisimos por aprender Español. Bucarest es una mezcla de sofistication europea y personalidad sencilla. Finalmente, esta mañana visite la Iglesia Internacional Bucarest y me encanto!! Tengo tanto para estar agradecido. Mi Abba Padre ha sido tan bueno conmigo. El es maravilloso!

Que tengas un excelente año escolar para los que dan clases y super nuevas aventuras para todos!

Bendiciones abundantes!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Best of Guatemala in 10 Days

If you have only 10 days, you can enjoy the best that Guatemala has to offer. The following itinerary will help you see as much as you can in a short amount of time without running ragged. After all, it’s a vacation.

Day 1

Fly in to Guatemala City around lunchtime. Take the afternoon to visit the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología or the Museo Popol Vuh and Museo Ixchel (next door to each other) for a crash course on the Mayan civilization. Enjoy dinner in one of Guatemala City’s excellent restaurants.

Days 2–3

Take an early-morning flight out of Guatemala City toFlores, the gateway to the Mayan ruins in Tikal National Park, in the northern Petén department. Tikal is the most famous of Guatemala’s Mayan sites and boasts impressive temple pyramids. Spend all day exploring the ruins and enjoying the sublime jungle environment.
You have the option of staying at the park and seeing the sunrise over the rainforest from the top of Temple IV or heading back south to Lake Petén Itzá, where you can stay at the ultrachic La Lancha. The lake, with its turquoise waters and tropical forest ecosystem, makes a good alternative to staying at the ruins.
Fly back to Guatemala City on the afternoon of the second day. Upon arrival, grab a shuttle bus or taxi from the airport to Antigua, Guatemala’s old colonial capital, and check in at any of the city’s fine accommodations.

Days 4–5

Grab breakfast or coffee from any of the coffee shops along the plaza. Café Condesa makes a fine choice for breakfast. Take some time to see Antigua’s major sights. Return to your comfortable hotel room for some chill-out time before heading out to dinner. On the second day, head out to Finca Filadelfiafor breakfast and take a tour of the coffee farm.
Lunch is at your leisure and you can also use the time to do some shopping. In the afternoon, head out with a group making one of the several Pacaya Volcano climb. The hike up Pacaya Volcano is a favorite way to see the fire on the mountain. The trip returns late at night.

Days 6–7

Take a shuttle bus sometime around noon for Panajachel, on the shores of spectacular Lake Atitlán. You also have the option of continuing to nearby Santa Catarina Palopó or Santa Cruz La Laguna if Panajachel doesn’t suit your style. The afternoon is yours to explore or simply relax. Plan on Day 7’s being a Sunday or Thursday so you can grab a shuttle bus from Panajachel to Chichicastenango to see the colorful Chichicastenango Market. Return to Panajachel in the afternoon.

Days 8–10
It’s up to you. Head to the other side of the lake to San Pedro La Laguna or Santiago Atitlán for some more highland Mayan culture amid splendid settings or any of the other Mayan villages around the lake. You can also stay right where you are and do the other villages as day trips. This will give you time to really enjoy the lake, as the pace of your visit to Atitlán thus far will have been a bit hurried.
Take a shuttle bus back to Guatemala City on the afternoon of Day 9 and check in to your hotel. Savor the culinary delights at another one of the city’s excellent restaurants before packing your purchases for the flight home the next day and turning in for the night. Be sure to leave room in your carry-on for the excellent duty-free shopping at La Aurora Airport.