This post is a collection of photos that didn't fit exactly in my other San Pedro posts, starting with a few from my wonderful homestay with the family of Maria and Manuel. That's my room on the top with the diamond window.
and in reverse.
The views included beautiful flowers as well as interesting perspectives on the San Pedro volcano and the lake, day and night.
At least mine had a high ceiling; here's a photo of my beloved nephew Stu, in the low-ceilinged version downstairs which he shared with the family. Stu is 6'6" and a great sport and embraced the whole experience including agreeing to this photo (thanks, Stu).
For anyone who lives with Manuel and Maria, many of the happiest memories are in the kitchen where the food is almost as sparkling as Maria's companionship.
Jesse was a house mate the 1st week (seen here with Maria and me), then he moved on and
It was hard to get the whole family together since Lufi (left) and José (right) are away at school much of the time; missing from this late night photo is the youngest sibling, Adamary.
The Cooperativa school offers culturally significant activities, some of them lectures about the genocide period and the (so called) peace accord with a local scholar, Juan Garcia, others videos and slide shows on powerful subjects.
and her neighbor and sister Manuela who has developed a sewing business with the help of her daughters.
I also set up a dinner meeting with a local man named Felipe whose family I lived with in 2010. Felipe was shot and tortured by the military in the early 80s and lived to tell the tale - a powerful evening.
Director Lorenzo and his family live below the school; his kids are fun and photogenic and I've enjoyed watching them grow up, too.
Part of 'the group' - good people and wonderful traveling companions.
Stuart and his teacher (and director) Antonio hit the books.
The Fridays that don't include family visits offer a dinner at the school, prepared by staff and with proceeds going to their social projects.
This is the view from the deck of the school; the Beca group will be staying in the white hotel at the end of the rainbow.
Further highlights: carriers, flowers, sellers, dogs, and old guys.