long time coming

A lot has happened since you and I last spoke. I still have all four limbs intact and I hope the same can be said for you. I’ve crossed six borders in a from-hell 24-hour bus ride, 800k with a Brit who owned a Bug and then finally a lovely ferry that brought me into the great unknowns of South America.

At the previous dispatch I was straight-chilling at the lovely Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and had just engaged in what would be a one of the best Couchsurfing probably anyone ever has gotten in on. Looking back, sifting through the fog those memories live in, maybe a whole year has slipped past! Closer to reality, I would say about 5 weeks. If I was a little more organized (which will be my epitaph when I pass no doubt) and got these out in a timely manner, this could just read in regular chronological order. I’m not, duh, so we’re going to move from the now, BACK TO THE FUTURE!!! (sorry…) Anyway, now take me by the hand…


A drawing…

I’ve been doing a few little drawings for the little guy I have all over my site and am just going to start posting them…any ideas for future ideas most welcome. I think I may create a few different characters but I’ve been drawing that one guy for so long it seems kind of intimidating to get into something else, which of course means I have to do it, no?



Also also, this is inspired by a pretty famous painting and maybe if you look at it long enough it will come to you. Did you come up with it??? Write it below and I’ll do a drawing of you!

escuela español es el cielo…

I am going to stop apologizing for these being so late, as much as I want to be the “multiple posts a month” guy it just might not happen. Isn’t it a bit more special if we have one on a monthly basis??? It gives you a chance to completely forget I even exist only to be like, “oh yeah, Hunter isn’t dead yet!” and check this scene out. Maybe??? Anyone???

101_2096Anywayyyyyyyyyy, I spent the last glorious month with Spanish school and lovely host family in Xela, Guatemala. The real name of the city is Quetzaltenango, but it is nicknamed Xela for some reason. There’s a ton of Mayan influence around here and I overheard someone talking about an original name stemming from that. Also cool note, there are something along the lines of 25+ different native languages in this country alone stemming from that Mayan influence. Guatemala is a pretty small country by our standards, so imagine maybe the state of Arizona (which is around the same size) having 25+ different languages throughout the state. Difficult to communicate widely to say the least.

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A dip lower into Central America…

Very late on this! I wanted to make a post for each city but that fell through. Sometimes it’s hard to justify a night in front of the computer when in a new city of a foreign country, and these get pushed back. So we’ll just do the usual circus of going from right now to whenever the last post ended.

This perfectly captures how well I fit in in Latin America.

This perfectly captures how well I fit in around Latin America.

Currently I sit in the Rossco Hostel of San Cristóbal de las Casas. The rain is near constant here, but it always pretty small so you can walk around still. This is the highest elevation (I think) I have ever been, roughly 7,200 ft. To give you some perspective the mile-high city of Denver is just over 5k ft. Someone told me they call San Cristobal the city in the mountains. Even higher mountains surround the city and you can see all the clouds right there, which explains why it rains so much. But I could live here! It’s small enough to walk around in a day and has multiple parks, museums and a few strips for the nightlife! I ran into a bunch of Mexicans who were here for the weekend, so you know it’s good stuff.

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