I traded to obtain 3 work days each side of spring vacation, a shorter trip for me than usual, right at 2 weeks, the majority of which I'm spending - happily - in the town of San Pedro La Laguna. My usual visits include fellow travelers numbering 1 to 20 and I'm enjoying the simplicity of visiting sola.
My focus this trip, as usual, will be the Beca Project but due to time limitations I will just be visiting the homes of this year's 13 new students instead of all 44 and will be substituting pizza lunches with each crop of Beca kids (10-13 in groups delineating by the year they became Beca students) instead of a grand celebration dinner for all the families with cultural entertainment by the students.
The cultural entertainment for this year's trip has a huge historic presence here - the celebration of Semana Santa, Easter week. The majority of our students are Catholic and participate in these events, the most important of the year. I am excited and privileged to celebrate with them.
I specifically requested a Catholic homestay and live with a fabulous family, María, José, and their son Felix. I love the family, my room, the funky bathroom set up plus the food is amazing - score!!I'll start this blog with a photo set that includes my journey to Guatemala, evening and morning explorations of Antigua, and the trip to San Pedro. Happy trails!
Rainy start in Portland
Leaving Guatemala City for Antigua
My home away from home in Antigua - Casa Cristina I dropped my bags and headed out to explore and find dinner.
Tourist police stroll by the catedral
and the hallway; my room, #6, is the last room on the left.
I'm fond of our veterinarian but her office isn't this cool.
Many of the buildings had decorations added for Semana Santa.
Mermaid fountain gets a bath
Santa Catalina Arch (again)