Our first day began with a tour of the Ix-Canaan village. Anne showed us all around. She showed us where people of the area work and live. It is a very sad sight to see... the families are so poor they can barely afford to feed their pet dogs, which you can tell are severely malnourished and need medicine. Anne lives in the heart of the village with her friend Enrique. It is a wonderful property with a three story open-air home and gardens and plants all around. Across the street is the Ix-Canaan library where I am writing this blog and where we will be working on the website, teaching classes, etc...
We had lunch at a local restaurant and funny enough their specialty was pizza. After lunch, we walked back to the hotel which takes about 35 - 40 minutes. Our next step was to begin the strategic planning session led by Scott. We were able to get a lot of things accomplished and make some headway.
Dinner was nothing short of spectacular. We began with a delicious homemade tomato soup and salad, followed by a local pasta dish, and for desert we had lemon pie. I was worried about the food before coming here, but it is actually really tasty and a good selling point for the hotel. After a long day everyone was pretty tired and went to bed pretty early.
The next morning breakfast was similar but also very good. Nikki and I passed out flyers to the local hotels and restaurants inviting them to the classes that our group will be teaching on building a website and promoting a business on Sunday. That was very tough. There is nothing quite like door-to-door marketing... Most of the hotels are off the lake and a straight up hike. We are exhausted right now.... the inclines are terribly steep and take forever to get to the top. By the time we reached the top where the hotel is, Anne was even huffing and puffing. I will be looking forward to relaxing and getting some rest tonight. While we were passing out the flyers Jeff and Scott have made some headway with renewing Hotel Gringo Perdido's website. We took a short break for lunch at local hotel and then back to Ix-Canaan to start working some more. For the rest of today we will be working on the website and wrapping up the strategic planning information. Bedtime will come early for all of us again after another tough day of work.