The Generosity of Craig
Craig and I have been talking about my camera situation since I arrived in Guatemala (about 2 & 1/2 weeks ago). He too has suffered through two broken Canon's like mine (through no fault of his own), and has generously offered to solve my photography woes (by picking the cost of a new camera, and mailing it all the way down to Guatemala)! I believe he has selected the (more) durable, yet reasonably priced, Canon PowerShot A530 to be my new friend and traveling companion.
I'm still speechless about the entire situation, and have no idea how I can thank him properly.
So in Xela I will stay until the package arrives (probably in a handful of days). In the meantime, I've got at least three other relatively nearby towns/villages that I wouldn't mind checking out while I'm waiting (one of which supposedly has a pretty neat natural hot spring).
This I do know: Every photo that I take (starting next week sometime) you can thank Craig for enabling it. Thanks Craig—you are so going on the list of sponsors.