The Way We Were: Part Two

Posted on July 5, 2008 - Filed Under Guatemala |

Thought I`d share a few pics of my life before Irving and the bubs, here in Guatemala. Since I was traveling solo on my way down here, I only have pictures of landmarks and none of me! Once in Antigua, however, I ended up with a few. Sorry for the poor quality, I don`t have a scanner, so had to take a picture of the picture.

This is a Polaroid that my sister took of my parents and I the day before I left.

Here I am dancing with a Garifun in Belize, about four months after leaving Canada. I went with my friend Julie to renew our visas and we ended up travelling for quite a while throughout Belize. It was great. The weird look on my face here is because I seriously don`t dance and this guy just WOULD NOT leave me alone and the girls I was with basically pushed me up and then took a photo of me. :P

I spent about a year volunteering in a local hospital, Hermano Pedro. This little girl was “my” kid, Marialos. She was abandoned at birth. Here she was four years old and blind, with cerebral palsy. A very sweet little thing. With so much time in the hospital, they would let me take her out and we would go listen to music (which she LOVED) and walk through the market. The wheelchair she usually used was just awkward on the cobbled streets, so I got a suti and carried her around in it. That same suti is actually used now with Dante!

I`ve worked in a lot of bars, but Reilly`s Irish Tavern was the best. I spent a total of two years though. Here`s a shot of me crocheting . . . I made bags to sell when the bar was empty.

Another shot of the bar.

Talk about feeling old, this little guy is now all grown up . . . well, he`s like six now and really tall. I met his mom through my friend Jung-Ha, they lived in the same house. We used to borrow Jarvis and take him around the town. :) He was the sweetest baby ever and I am still in contact with his mom via email and on Facebook.

For a while, I taught English in an English school and surprisingly, most of the students were Korean. For the most part, they were just my students, but Jung Ha and I ended up being absolute best friends. When I had no food, she fed me and we spent every day together . . . she is still a very good friend and we stay in touch through email.

So, that`s my life before kids . . . and even before Irving . . .which was really only about 6 months of living in Antigua. :D


5 Responses to “The Way We Were: Part Two”

  1. Laura Pacheco on July 5th, 2008 9:33 pm

    Hi Genesis,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your pictures! I stumbled onto it somehow as I was surfing the net about Guatemala. My husband (who is from Guate), 9 month old son, and I will be traveling to Guatemala in a few weeks to visit my in-laws in Guate and Santa Rosa. I haven’t been down in 2 years. My husband and I keep talking about possibly moving down and living in Guatemala, so finding and reading your blog about you and your family that has a lot of similarities to my family has been interesting & beneficial. Please feel free to e-mail me at some point. I’d love to chat with you!

    Laura Pacheco
    Richmond, VA USA

    a family similar to ours when I read your blog

  2. Jessica K on July 5th, 2008 9:50 pm

    Those pics are great. You were a busy girl before you settled down with Irving. Did you ever think when you were having your adventures that you were in Guatemala to stay? And how old were you when you left home? You look so young in those pictures.

  3. Expat Mom on July 6th, 2008 7:42 am

    @Laura, thanks for stopping by! It`s always nice to find other families that are similar. :) I`ll be dropping you a line shortly.

    @Jessica . . . I do look young there. sigh. I was 22 when I left Canada, but I`d been living on my own for a year and a half before that.

    I never thought that this would be permanent! Not until I met Irving, and then it was a huge thing for me, deciding whether or not to continue traveling or settle down with someone.

  4. burntofferings (Bernie) on July 6th, 2008 8:45 pm

    They are really great shots, not the quality, but the story behind them…

    I must say, take your dads beard off, and I think you’re like him though!!! Are you going to teach the boys those dancing ‘moves’ as well??? :)

  5. Expat Mom on July 7th, 2008 2:30 am

    @Bernie, I do look like my dad . . . but Dante is the one who is a spitting image of his grandfather! He looks just like my dad`s baby pictures!

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