Today, I woke up bright and early at 6am. I fixed my backpack for the day, ate a lovely breakfast, drank my orange juice and was ready to meet my translator to begin interviewing individuals in the area.
The village of Chisec has dirt roads and the foest surrounds the village on each side. The houses are made of metal sheets layered on top of a wooden frame with ropes holding them in place. It is a very interesting village that I am in, the town will be bustling with people but the minute they see a foreigner, everyone runs into their houses. The village will then resemble a ghost town and the occasional dog will cross the street. If you listen closely you can hear a murmur of voices from families inside the houses. Luckily for me, my translator speaks fluent K’iche’ and is well received in the village. Thus, I am able to begin interviewing as he translates for me, explaining my project to my interviewee.
It is now 12:30 pm in the afternoon and I have been interviewing the residents of Chisec for over 4 hours. I have been learning so much about the residents, their lives, and culture. Since I am in a different regional area of Guatemala I am able to see distinct differences in their culture and traditions. Of course the differences in the language is distinct but there are some words that are the same in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel. As it is now lunch time, the students in the nearby school are excitedly walking home and running to play with their friends.
There is a saying that states “Everyone smiles in the same language.” While I am interviewing, the children find me very amusing and often come up, shyly, to stare at me. When I turn to smile at them, a huge grin comes across their face and they giggle and giggle. While I may not be able to communicate directly with the children, just knowing that I can bring a smile to their face makes me realize how true the old saying is and I could not be more happy.Share on Facebook