Before I arrived in Xela, I was trying to keep a “healthy” travelling lifestyle of two meals a day and no alcohol. Of course, that all went out the window when I arrived in Xela – a great place to call home for a few weeks while I was studying Spanish and tear it up!
- I kissed a very hot 22 year old Guatemalan chico, which was perfectly legit because he neatly satisfied the minimum age requirement of half your age plus seven
- My host mum came out clubbing with me on quite a few occasions and was able to show me a thing or two about picking up younger men – she kissed one of my fellow students that was well below half her age plus seven!
- I organised an Australia Day party, complete with Vegemite sandwiches and fairy bread, streamed Triple J’s Hottest 100, and even managed to get some random Aussies to show up too
- I went to a cross dressing party on Lake Atitlan and had many people comment that a moustache looked great on me
- I went to my first ever live football match – quite shameful considering that I’ve been living in the UK for the last two years
- I think I may have even learnt some Spanish too!
I was speaking to my dad on my phone this week and telling him about how much I loved Xela. He asked me what it was about the place that made it special and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. It isn’t particularly picturesque, although there is a huge volcano that overlooks the city. There are mangy stray dogs roaming the city, there is a lot of rubbish lining the streets, and I saw a guy wanking on the street at around 9pm at night.
But having said all that, it’s a great city with a fun vibe – not too many tourists, enough foreign students to have a good bars, cafes and restaurants, friendly locals, and a vibrant salsa scene. Also, my Spanish has improved out of sight. I would love to find a job or any sort of excuse to come back to Xela to live for another 6 months or so, but preferably during the summer – this Aussie bird can’t hack the highland cold!
I am now chilling out again on Lake Atitlan for a few days before my favourite ginger, Ed, arrives from Australia to travel with me for 6 weeks through Central America. Keep an eye here for our travel shenanigans!