Thursday, April 23, 2009

Questions answered!


There are mosquitos but far fewer than we had in Virginia. I think between the 6 of us we may have had 3 bites in over 3 weeks. Now it's still the dry season, ask me again in the rainy season.....Our river has a little current that keeps things moving and I think mosquitos like more stagnant water ... so maybe that helps.


Yes, we have a real kitchen! It has a sink and a fridge and running water! We only had a gas stove top when we first moved in but Mr. Castillo sent us a gas oven/stove so I could bake. Yeah! I made him some brownies for that!

We do buy our drinking water in those big blue 5 gallon jugs. Our neighbor filters the water through a clay pot and drinks it and is fine but we are being safe. I drank store bought water in the states so I don't think I will start drinking tap water now! We do not have hot water in our sinks because there is no hot water heater, but our showers are hot because we have an attachment on the shower head that heats it as it runs through it. When we want hot water for anything we just go get it out of the shower or boil it or microwave it depending on what we need it for.

As for Walmart there are 3 chains in Guatemala that are partly owned by Walmart. They are good but anything from the states is super expensive. For example a medium sized jar of peanut butter is $8. We did find it a little cheaper in a gas station.

All of you,

I promise to try to make something really delicious and tempting for you out of the cacao to tempt you to come see me!!! I'll keep you posted!


  1. thanks so much for the answers Mel. Do you have a mailing address?

  2. Mel. you're doing a great job keeping us updated. Love,Momma

  3. Yeah. This is awesome. I bet that poisonous frogs eat mosquitoes all the time. :D

    Cacao, oh yeah. Hannah has made some great raw chocolate treats and shakes. We will have to see if there is a legal way to bring cacao nibs back with us. :D That is awesome.

  4. Joanne,

    We do not have a mailing address yet. We heard that the mail system is not reliable at all. We just have our PO BOX in the states that we are having mail forwarded to and Stormy is checking it for us but we haven't figured out how to do the fedex yet so he can forward it to us ....... so for now it is just e-mail and blog.