I played piano on the streets at night at the Paseo del Carmen and I met so many friendly and welcoming people. Last night I ran into a sax player and a flute player and we jammed for an hour and a half on some Latin tunes.
It was really very exciting.
I also got a gig for this Thursday at a restaurant!
I’ve never had that many people surrounding me at once. I was a bit nervous at first because my Spanish isnt great, but as I continued playing everything fell into place.
The people would all clap after every song and I even had 3 people ask me for my autograph, which has never happened to me before.
A few people asked me to play Frank Sinatra- New York, New York and another man asked me to play the Entertainer. I thought they were going to want to hear some latin piano, however, they seem to have the same tastes in music as the people back in New York.
My standard of living had increased dramatically since I’ve been in Guatemala.
I accidentally ran into a guy named Arturo on the street who needed a ride to Antigua (normally I dont give rides to strangers). I told him I was looking for a place to live and practice piano without disturbing the neighbors. It turns out that Arturo just built a house and he was looking to rent it.
I took the tour, bargained for the price and ended up getting this sweet 3 bedroom house to myself for $12 a day!
It’s fully equipped with garage, kitchen, garden, and piano room!