August 2, 2009
We spent today learning a little about Guatemala. We had a wonderful driver and guide by the name of Luis who took us to a Mayan ruin at Iximche. It is, by comparison, a modern ruin, still used by indigenous people here for rituals and ceremonies. It does not have the pictographs and bas reliefs that characterize the older sites, but still, it was quite impressive to see. Lus helped us with ordering lunch and tasting more typical Guatemalan food. Later in the afternoon we walked through the artisan market in Antigua, the regular market, and a general store. Aisles are really narrow, the place is crowded with people, and we all have funny stories to tell. We are ready for a good night´s sleep!
August 1, 2009
The wake up calls and alarms went off at 4 o clock this morning–Nan and Claire, Morgan and Deb, Charlotte and Alex, and Stacey were at the Minneapolis airport before 5;30. Our plane took off at 6;50 and our trip down was pretty uneventful. Flew to Houston and then to Guatemala City. The air was a little bumpy over Houston. Charlotte’s driver met us and bought us to Antigua where we.re in a beautiful old hotel at the edge of town. We walked into town for supper at Pollo Campera–Alex.s request and did some browsing in shops. It rained for a while this evening–we were told this is the rainy season. It’s humid, but not especially hot, especially since the sun’s gone down. We´ve felt really welcomed to Guatemala. Charlotte’s familiarity with Antigua, the culture here and the contacts she´s made are really helpful.