The purpose of our trip to Copan is mainly to brush up on our Spanish. It’s easy to think you can speak Spanish when you’re a tourist and the conversations you’re having are all very brief and in the present tense. We quickly realized when we got here that while we can understand about 80% of what people are saying, speaking is another matter.
It’s HARD. At the Escuela Guacamaya we have been receiving one on one instruction every day for four hours, plus homework each night. Our teachers (who speak no English) have been fantastic. Allan’s teacher is named Dunia, a gentle and kind 38 year old mother of three. Julianne’s teacher is named Karla, a lively, beautiful and fun 26 year old who loves to gossip! We came to think of them as friends. Classes consist of a combination of new vocabulary, verb conjugation and conversation. We also enjoyed playing Spanish versions of the Wiebe and Davis classics – Scattegories and Boggle! We are learning a lot, slowly but surely.
As a treat to finish our 2 weeks of language school, our teachers, Dunia and Karla, taught us how to make empanadas. Empanadas, or pupusas, are a traditional dish of Honduras.
They are made of corn flour and water mixture, and can have any number of fillings. Every time Allan made one they said it looked pregnant. We made two types, refried beans and squash & cheese. Delish! We’re hoping to make these a staple of our meal plan in Roatán.