So, it’s been almost a week since I got to Guatemala City, and right now everything is going fine. This is a quick update on my arrival, and my internship with Danta Chocolate.
Tomorrow I get to use the winnowing machine! But anyway, all has been good in my neighborhood; I arrived at the airport at noon, and afterwards I stayed there for nearly two more hours due to confusion with the driver. While I was trapped inside, in order to get internet, I had to buy a hot chocolate from a stand inside, and let me tell you— it was horrible. It had a very artificial flavor, like Swiss Miss. What a terrible showout from a country growing such good cacao.
Then we went to a Tigo store to buy a phone chip so that I could use my phone in Guatemala, and then I went to the house I’m staying at for the next two months. The rest of the day was spent buying groceries, getting lost (a few times), meeting my housemates, and helping to make pupusas for the first time. So good! It was a week full of new experiences… a few days ago I was caught in a torrential downpour with my host, Olga, when we were going on an adventure to get tacos from a stand on a nearby street. You can buy tacos here for two bucks, and they’re very good. Mmmmm… Tacos.
Well, my first day of work, along with those which have since passed, have been full of new words and techniques. I have learned how to enrobe various snacks, make ganache fillings for bonbons, correctly temper chocolate, and make fruit jelly (known as pate de fruit in French). Above you can see me in my glorious hairnet, filling ice cube trays with smooth white chocolate.
In other words, so far so good.
Here are some pictures of my neighborhood in the city!
Canción de la semana: Maluma—Tiki