Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanks You! (or how the security guard made my day)

So I live in a gate- community. Sounds fancy, but it's not really. It's just plain necessary in order to be semi-safe in this entirely unsafe country. So we have a gate that is guarded by our nice security guys with big bad guns (seriously, these guns are huge). The security guards know me now ... at first I got weird looks since I am most definitely the ONLY gringa in our pueblo. But now they know I'm here to stay.

When I have to take a taxi home from work sans the man, sometimes some of the newer security guards stop my taxi to ask questions. This recently happened with one new security guard and one of my favorite security guards who definitely knows who I am. The newbie stopped the taxi and looked at me and asked: "What's your last name?" "J___" I responded, glancing over at my security buddy. He was grinning like he wanted to laugh. I paused before saying quickly, "But I live with the B____ family." My security buddy's grin got bigger - he was obviously enjoying the entertainment - since he could've easily told the newbie hey, she's cool. Let her pass. The newbie nodded when he hear the man's last name. As the taxi driver was pulling into the community, I heard my security buddy call after, "THANKS YOU!"

BEST THING EVER. I've never heard him speak English before which makes this extra adorable. He was already my favorite security guard and now he has no chance of losing that position. :o)


  1. In Venezuela the guards had these huge guns with rows of bullets around their torsos. Scary!

    It's good if they can watch out for you. Maybe they can help you if you have one of those sketchy taxi drivers again.

  2. Hello Kelly, We are a spanish family and we are planning to move as expats for a program of the Spanish Governemnt to Guatemala City, so we are interested on knowing the experiences of other foreigners about their life experience at this city. We are specially concerned about security as we are going with our kids who are eight and two years old. I would appreciate if you could sned me your comments, as we have not taken the decision yet. If you could suggest me about bilingual schools, I would be thankful for your advices.
    My email is