Buenos Dias

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The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala. He is very beautiful with a great long tail so he can fly with much power.

I love the sounds of early morning wherever I am. I love the first views of the day, the songs of birds and the movements of life. In Guatemala there are some distinct greetings that the day is beginning. When I hear them in my sleep I know exactly where I am and even something about the day. But it varies from place to place.
In the rural area it is the rooster crowing. I have heard him several times since I arrived. Here at the Bambu it is the loud pulling of trucks as they scale the hill driving past the hotel. And everywhere birds sing: “buenos dias!” and everywhere in the very early morning there are firecrackers to celebrate the birthday of someone who is loved.  That’s right…loud, obnoxious firecrackers ususally at 4 or 5 in the morning.  I have finally come to appreciate even this. Buenos Dias – it is a new day!

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