2008. “The Life & Rebirth of Hospitalito Atitlan”. Narration by Isabel Allende.


2008. “The Life & Rebirth of Hos­pi­tal­i­to Atitlan”.

Nar­ra­tion by Isabel Allende.

I wrote & record­ed part of the orig­i­nal score, and record­ed Isabel Allende ‘s nar­ra­tion at my “Wind­jam­mer Stu­dio’s” in San Rafael, California.

A fundrais­ing DVD for the hos­pi­tal­i­to, in San­ti­a­go, Ati­t­lan, Guatemala. It was wrecked by the gov­ern­ment army dur­ing the civ­il war of the 1980’s, final­ly re-opened in the 1990’s with inter­na­tion­al help from non-prof­its, and destroyed again in the ter­ri­ble mud slide that buried the vil­lage of Panabaj on Octo­ber 4th, 2005. New land was final­ly pur­chased on the oth­er side of San­ti­a­go away from the slide zone, and a new build­ing is being built…again with vol­un­teer doc­tors and nurs­es from around Guatemala, and inter­na­tion­al non-prof­it aid.

My broth­er in law-David Glanville owns the beau­ti­ful “Posa­da de San­ti­a­go” in Santiago…he helped shel­ter sur­vivors of the mud slide that swept down from the vol­cano fol­low­ing days of dri­ving rain from hur­ri­cane Stan…killing over a thou­sand peo­ple. I looked out over the field of mud where a vil­lage had stood just three months ear­li­er. It was a very intense moment…the hos­pi­tal had been buried, as well as a school for Mayan children.

Aldus Hux­ley once called lake Ati­t­lan the most beau­ti­ful lake in the world (until then his favorite had been lake Cuo­mo in Italy) well per­haps he was right. The moun­tains of Guatemala are wild, dan­ger­ous and beautiful…I will return soon I hope.
I like to pad­dle a small canoe out onto the lake oppo­site the Posa­da after the wind has died down at the end of the day. I like to stop and drift in the gen­tly rock­ing waves of dusk watch­ing the solo fish­er­man stand­ing, dressed in their typ­i­cal cloth­ing while they pad­dle their dug-out canoes home with the day’s catch through the soft blue wood smoke hang­ing in the hills.

For more about the hos­pi­tal and the mud-slide read what I wrote on my web-site back in Feb­ru­ary 2006. There are links to var­i­ous impor­tant sites also.
http://petersears.wpengine.com/guatemala.htm — with Posa­da de Santiago.
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