Being away from home is interesting in more ways than one, but related ways. It helps me get perspective as I view somewhere new and have distance from that to which I am accustomed.
I have been in Guatemala for just over a week. My school, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business organised a study trip, a Spanish immersion. We also visited businesses and attended the opening session of the Guatemala Investment Summit.
As I write this I sit in the dining room of a hotel on Lake Atitlan. The Mayans still exist here. This is not the site of ruins but of an ancient civilisation living amidst development as defined by a different ethic, no judgment.
The traditions are alive in the food and the clothing most obviously. But poverty is also quite evident: young children beg on the streets and work by shining shoes and helping their mothers sell wares of all sorts.
I have pictures and will get around to posting them eventually.
I miss home, though, even with all its problems.