Guatemala through my eyes

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Hi! My name's Kyah. I'm nine years old. I love taking care of animals. My favorite place that I have been to is India! Guatemala is very fun, I love living here. Sometimes I feel bad when friends leave this wonderful place called Guatemala.

I'm going to show you what I do throughout my day. I asked my mom to teach me how to use an actual camera, because before I would just click a button and take a terrible picture. Now I know how to take good pictures and I'm going to be a topografish... um, what's it called mom, when you take topography pictures.

I want to be a photographer.

This blog post is my life here in Guatemala.

After I get up, I do my morning chores inside the house, then I have other chores outside like taking care of our rabbits. I give them food and water everyday.

After that I'm pretty much done with my chores. Then I do my goals. Some of my goals are reading; writing; typing; topography, etc.

Then I go outside and play. Here are some of my friends.

As you can see in these pictures (below) this is the view from our gate. People come here to dig gravel to build houses. You can see the volcanoes. They are very cool to look at.

Here in Guatemala there are a lot of dogs who just run around and get into the garbage cans with no rightful owner. My dad thinks that at least a hundred of them should be killed. My mom thinks they're worse than a rodent problem.

Sometimes we'll go out to do shopping. The market is like our HUGE grocery store. But these people have stands instead of fridgerators that has your food on it.

Oooh! This is my FAVORITE STORE OF ALL, where I can actually afford stuff to buy. In the United States of America, this store would be the $.30 store. Here we call it the 3 quet store, and it's my FAVORITE!

You can basically find anything you need or want, sometimes you need to close your eyes when you walk in because it's like, "Ahhh, I need that, I need this, I need that!"

This is a mango stand, where you can buy bags of awesome, good, candy sweet mango for 5 quets, and that would be for you $.50.

Another thing that I like doing is going SHOE SHOPPING! Or paca shopping. (But it's hard to find the match to the pair when you're going shoe shopping, because they shove those shoes in there like packing peanuts in a box.)

These are my new shoes. I got them for 40 quets, that's about $5.

These are my sister Aaliyah's new shoes. They're a little too big for her, but she LOVES them.

These are Atlas' shoes.

Parker and Kimball's new shoes.

This is a paca where we can go and buy CLOTHES!

... and more clothes.

This is our 'stop light.'

We bought Atlas a little seat, but when Atlas saw it he wanted to sit in it so he pulled on the seat and screamed most the way home.

On the way home we saw some kids picking flowers and I thought it was really cute so my mom told me to take a picture.

This is another picture of our 'grocery store', at night. This is my family's favorite taco stand.

This is where you can buy fried chicken and french fries, but we don't get it very often because it's not very healthy.

These are some more of my friends.

When I was taking pictures, they started doing a hundred different poses, because they liked seeing the pictures I took.

For dinner, we had THE BEST, BEST food in the whole entire world, called pupusas. It is a food from El Salvador. The one we ordered is called Loco.

What she put in them was shrimp, beans, chicken, and chicharron.

And this is what we put on top of our pupusa. YUM! But unfortunately I couldn't have even a whole one because I died of fullness.

And this a day here in Guatemala.

Please comment and tell me if you want me to post again. Goodbye!

 

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  1. Jenn Miller

    Loved your post Kaya!! You made me homesick!! We lived in Guatemala, in San Marcos, for six months last year and we miss it SO MUCH!! I’m glad you’re having such a great time there! Keep taking pictures!

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  2. Carol Crawford Rowe

    Kiah, I enjoyed your blog and your photos. You are a good photographer,and a good writer, just like your mom. You can be proud of you. You did a good job. Please write again, as soon as you have a new story to share.

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    • kyah

      Thank you! I love to take pictures so it’s going to be very easy.

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  3. Talon

    Pupusas are one of my favorite foods, too! Tonight I died of fullness eating tacos. I love that phrase! You’re doing really great with your photos, too. Keep up the great work.

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    • kyah

      Yes, I did die of fullness, and that was really hard to come up with because I couldn’t just say ‘full’, because they wouldn’t know that I was really full. So then I came up with the idea of ‘I died of fulness’ so that’s where the idea came from, it’s called ‘my brain.’

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  4. Carol Kaatz

    I loved your post Kyah! You have a great perspective on things and I learned a lot about how you spend your days! Your bunnies are cute. How many do you have now? You write very well. Please post again!!

    I love you!! and miss you! (I am sad your favorite place wasn’t Homer,AK!)

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    • kyah

      LOL! Thank you very much grandma. We used to have nine (baby) bunnies, but two of them died. One of them is named Snow White. She had six babies, but they all died because she didn’t take care of them. Yes, I do like Alaska. It is one of the coldest places I have been to. My favorite time of the year in Alaska is winter, and fall.

      Hey grandma, can I please get your email address so we can be grandma penpals? Love, Kyah

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      • Carol

        @kyah:
        Kyah, my email is [email protected]
        I would love to be penpals!!
        I love reading all these comments you got from so many people! How wonderful to have friends from all over. You are one special girl and I knew when you came to our family that your life was going to be a very blessed adventure, but I really didn’t imagine how wonderful it actually is!
        I love you sweetie!
        Grandma in Alaska

      • kyah

        Hi Grandma,

        Thank you very much. I am so excited to be penpals with you!

  5. Josh

    I think you should post again. I liked it. Especially when you use pictures of me. BTW the pupusas look delicious. I’m hungry.

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    • kyah

      LOL! Aaliyah says that is really funny. Yes next time please don’t moves so much so I can actually get a better picture of you! See you sometime later.

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  6. Heather

    Great pics, Kyah! Of course we’d love to hear more from you. πŸ™‚

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  7. Ralph Hall

    Excellent post. I hope you will do so regularly. Elder Hall will love it too when he gets home in 4 weeks!!! πŸ™‚

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    • kyah

      Thank you! I hope this is convincing you to come back down sooner than September!

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  8. Chelsea

    I LOVED seeing Guatemala through Kyah’s eyes! A wonderful look at a wonderful country and with some goooooood pictures too! Loved this.

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  9. tereza crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    Hey Kyah, you sound like my 9 y.o. daughter. I think you two would be the best of friends if you met each other. She is very social just like you.

    Your pictures are looking really good. And you made me hungry posting all those yummy food. πŸ™‚ I am missing the arepas from Colombia, the pollo and papas fritas from Ecuador and the ceviche from Peru. Yumm-O!

    I am going to show your post to my daughter tomorrow. We would love to read many more. keep them coming! πŸ™‚

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  10. Melissa Kiser

    Kyah,
    Thank you for your thoughts. I loved hearing about your adventures through your eyes. Please consider doing regular posts. You have your mother’s gift for writing!

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  11. Aunt Paula

    Very nice post Kyah. I enjoyed hearing about your day and seeing the pictures. You did a good job!

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    • kyah

      Thank you very much. I would like to know where are you and ask Ella if she’ll give a post sometime.

      Reply
  12. crystal fritts

    I think this is EXCELLENT and I want to see more of your posts. I felt like I was there with you! Great job and thank you!

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  13. Sophie

    Hi Kyah,
    I totally enjoyed seeing your photos and reading about your life in Guatamala. You really have an eye for photography. Hope you do more posts in the future!

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  14. Jolyn

    So fun to read your thoughts, Kyah! You’re really good at using similes (“like packing peanuts in a box”) that make reading your words so much fun! Keep writing and sharing your stories!

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  15. Crystal

    Please continue to post this valuable info. I love to learn what people and especially families do in other countries.

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  16. Paul

    Thanks for the pictures! I just got back from Guatemala on Sunday, but I only went to Guatemala City and Antigua. Your pictures brought back the sadness I felt having to leave. I think it is homesickness even though I was only there for a week. Please post more pitures and stories!

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    • kyah

      I went to Antigua and Guatemala City. I liked Antigua much better when it’s a holiday because there is lots of people that come and lots of good food there.

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  17. Mary-Anne

    Thank you Kyah – it was great to see what you do in a day. Would love to read more of your posts.

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  18. Suzi K

    Kyah,

    I enjoyed reading your post. It was nice to see the life that you and your family are living through your eyes. I would love to read more posts from you.

    Be blessed,
    Suzi K

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  19. Paulina

    I liked reading about your daily life in Guatemala! And that pupusa looks sooo delicious. I remember when I was in Nicaragua and I saw dogs with no home everywhere, too! Sometimes I was scared that they would bite me but mostly I was just sad at how hungry they were. I like your glitter shoes, too. Thanks for sharing, Kyah!

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    • kyah

      Thank you very much. You are the first one who noticed my glitter shoes!

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  20. Nora

    Wow…great post Kyah! I loved your pictures and how you explained how much things would cost in U.S. money. Please keep taking great pictures and writing, you probably have some very interesting journals!

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  21. Aunt Jane

    Kyah, I am so thrilled to see a post from you. I’m very excited that you have learned to read and write so well. Please post again so we can learn more about your life there. I like your sparkle shoes, too!

    Love and miss you,
    AJ

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  22. Tamraa

    Kyah– You did a great job on your post! I especially like the pic of your favorite taco stand at night! It looks like just the kind of spot we’d love too. Your pupusa photos inspired me to go out to eat some the next day, but we had ours in New York. Keep up the good work!

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    • kyah

      We’re they loco kind (big), o the small ones. I had no idea that they sold pupusas in New York.

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    • kyah

      Yes, I am learning Spanish while in Guatemala. I already knew Spanish before I got here. I first learned Spanish in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

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  23. julie mcbroom

    Hello Kyah
    I really loved reading your post. I also have a 9 year old daughter, Jordi (she’s the eldest of 4 kids) and we are living in Nicaragua. I am going to show her your post tomorrow and get her to write about a her days in Nicaragua. I hope we meet you if you come this way.

    keep writing.

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    • kyah

      Yes, we will be coming down there and I’ll be looking forward to meeting her.

      Reply
  24. Aunt Melinda

    Hey Kyah. Wow, did you type all of that? You sound so grown up. I liked hearing about all of your experiences. I will read it to my kids tonight after they finish playing with their friends. I look forward to hearing more from you. Love you!

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    • kyah

      Thank you Aunt Melinda. No I did not type it out. My mom typed it out and I just told her what to say. But I have been practicing and the next post I’ll type it all by myself. Say hi to everybody for me.

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  25. Heidi

    I loved reading about Guatamala through a 9 yr olds eyes!!!! Kyah may need to start her own blog soon.

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  26. Katie

    This is an excellent post, Kyah! I got a real sense of a day in your life in Guatemala. It looks like a lot of fun! And it made me hungry! Those pupusas look delicious! Hope to read another post from you soon!

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