How Tamale Day Works in Guatemala and Other Explanations

Saturday Is Tamale Day:

If you got here on Saturday you’re probably wondering why half of the houses have blinking red lights on them. That means they are seeing the apocalypse on their radar…. Just kidding, it means they are selling tamales! These houses usually have their own family recipes and they can be some of the best tamales you have ever had!

Drink The Coffee Even If You Don’t Like Coffee:

The coffee here is AMAZING. Even if you don’t like it or you never tried it, you will love it once you have it here. They have some of the best coffee in the world. Also, you can squish the coffee berry (featured above) and then suck on the juice to discover some of the true secrets about coffee.

How a Chicken Bus Works:

You get on and the second you do, the bus starts moving really fast, and it isn’t very comfortable on a cobblestone road. Then you get in a seat next to a random person (assuming you’re alone) and 2 seconds later the next stop comes. You want to be up the stop before, because you have about 15 seconds before the door closes. Then you walk to your destination (assuming you were on the right bus, I will talk about that later) and hope it is at least a 5 minute walk because otherwise you will end up in the blistering hot sun and if you have kids, you’re in big trouble.

How To Find The Right Bus:

You always want to make sure the bus is pointing in the direction you want it to go, otherwise you might go to Guatemala City or some other town many miles away from you’re destination. Then you want to look at the top of the bus (don’t let your mom do it, I learned this by personal experience) and it should say the destination you wish to go to.

Get Used To Slow Internet:

If you want fast internet, it will cost a lot of money. Cope with the slow internet. If you want to play Clash Royale, you’re in luck, because it is one of the only games that works. Even web browsers are slow. If you want to even upload photos, it will at least take 15 minutes for only a handful of photos.
I hope you enjoyed my post, and I wish you all a good day!



Hello, I am Zachary, and I love math science, and athletics. I also love video games (duh, I'm a kid) and I love writing. I will be talking about my travels in Guatemala for a few months. I hope you will enjoy my posts, and I wish you well! I will also be in Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and Ecuador.


7 thoughts on “How Tamale Day Works in Guatemala and Other Explanations

  1. Hi Zachary,
    You write well as you speak well. Learnt stuff about Guatemala from your musings, like can’t wait to try the coffee when we visit you guys.
    Love Poh2

  2. I love your perspective on the travel adventures! How the excitement opens your eyes, ears and senses! It must be tough trying to survive without fluency in Spanish. However, I noticed you express yourself well in English. I have one correction on your use of the word “your”. It was mistakenly typed has “you’re “, which means “you are”. Otherwise, I’d give you a perfect grade for your first published musings! Congratulations, Zach, and don’t let things get loco! Quiero tus cuentos creadores. Son muy interesantes!

    1. Oops, I also typed the word “as” mistakenly as “has”. It shows that adults are not perfect either. Of course, you know that already. ¡Vamos a aprender!

  3. By the way, Zachloco, I like the fact that you don’t let your mom do the looking for you. Perhaps your “abuela” may have some ideas? ¡Vamos a aprendemos!

  4. These appear to be relatively well told and hilarious tips on riding busses. I shall make sure to keep them in mind and remember that mom can be unreliable relatively often.

  5. Thank you Zach, for the adventure that you have taken me on. I know how much you enjoy learning, well, the “learning curve” has just increased its trajectory. And just think how fast you are learning all of these lessons, not to mention the excitement and thrill of each event. You will return a seasoned traveler and things/life will seem slow and uneventful around here. Keep up your adventurous spirit and remember that Mom is learning too, right along with you. I wish I could taste the coffee and the tamales. We miss you around here!

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