Guatemala 2016 – Update Numero Dos

We have wifi for a short time as we are in the library as the students prepare their skits and presentations for the community of San Juan on Lake Titatlan.

It has been an incredible 24 hours since our last blog entry.  The students came home from their home stays today at 2:30.  Each and every one of the parents thanked Mrs. Richardson and me for allowing them to welcome the students into their homes.  This is just a small example of the incredible generosity and kindness we are experiencing with everyone we meet.

The students came back with smiles and stories.  From going to church and making tortillas to learning to weave and getting a tour of the neighboring towns,  they described experiences they will remember their whole lives.  But, most important, they had an opportunity to experience life in a very different way. And that will build their compassion and broaden their world view forever.

After returning from their home stays we had a traditional Mayan healer visit us and perform a ceremony for a safe journey for all of us.  The ceremony (and the shaman who is called a cunadera) were fascinating.  Afterwards an artist who works with her and paints her dreams shared with us his art.  The art was beautiful and was filled with Mayan symbolism which was fascinating.

Now the students are practicing their skits for the community tonight.  Last year this was a well-attended event.

Tomorrow we boat back across the lake and begin our journey to Comalapa to meet the weavers and the becadas.  Comalapa is even more remote than San Juan so we may not be able to blog until we arrive in Antigua on Wednesday.  That is another thing the students are learning…it is possible to enjoy life without the internet!

Hasta Luego,

Ms. Brennan-Marquez

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