Walking through Xela, there are so many different and unique smells. From delicious street food to the dry herbs in the market. But not all of the smells here are ones to be sought out. Walking through the streets, the unfortunate odor of garbage and gasoline is extremely prevalent. Luckily enough the hostel we are staying in is usually filled with the aromas of cleaning fluids and basil. But, if you step not to far out of the city you are guaranteed to be engulfed in the fresh, crisp air of the Guatemalan highlands which, fortunately, is where we will be spending the next week as we learn Spanish at the escuela de la montaña.