Juan Pablo just returned from Guatamala City, where he took an entrance exam to a medical school there to become a dermatologist. The exam and an interview went very well for him, so he will shortly be starting a three year program there.
When he was here at the house a couple of weeks ago, he had an impromtu swimming lesson. He was very tense, but managed to kick with the kickboard and get his face in the water. Now that he is back in town, he has asked for another swimming lesson.
He also asked Doug to teach him how to drive. Apparently, the historic part of Guatamala City is safe to walk around in, but other parts of the city are quite dangerous. Juan Pablo felt he might need to drive through some areas rather than risk walking or taking public transportation. Doug said that driving lessons would need to happen over time; that it wasn’t a skill he could learn in just a week or so.
He also asked if I would help him with his English. Being able to speak fluent English is a great boon to Peruvians, as it probably is to most foreigners. His English is already pretty good, so it will be interesting to see exactly what kind of help he is interested in.
Doug took Juan Pablo for a driving lesson today. They found a relatively large flat area near El Nuro to begin. Our pick-up is a deisel manual speed. Doug says Juan Pable caught on to the starting up, but had trouble with the shifting. They will have another lesson early in the morning before Juan Pablo has to be in the clinic.
Remember in the old days when we had “Viewmaster”s? You would put a round disk into the finder and would look through the viewfinder and see a picture, much like slide? Then you would push a lever down and the picture would change? Sometimes they would tell a story, sometimes would just show sights of a city or National Park? Sitting on our terrace right now at 6:15 in the evening, the view reminds me of those “slides.” The sunset is imminent; and the light is spread across the hills with a glow only seen at this time of day or through a viewfinder. Beautiful.
There is something about the light that is so amazing at this time of day! The twilight hours or the twilight zone…
I have almost finished the braiding on the fringe of the hammock fabric. Once this is done, I will wash it, let it shrink and then attach it to a harness for hanging.