This is the place for photos and reflections of my visits to Latin America beginning in 2012. Previous blogs are linked on the main pages of my photo collections on flickr. HAPPY TRAILS!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


This is a bit of a patchwork post. 1st feature is our place of residence this week, Hotel Mikaso; see below photos of the walk in, entry, my room, and views of and from the beautiful shared spaces.

A slow shutter photo taken just before dawn this morning - I love the way the lake looks.

Next up is a trip to the neighboring village of San Juan with Marty and Herb. We shared a pickup ride (3 quetzales each, about 40 cents) with Beca Project student Rosa Yanira, on her way to accounting classes in San Juan.

The town is known for murals

and women's weaving cooperatives. Credit Herb for this photo...

...and this cool 1 of coffee beans drying on a roof.

We also enjoyed a nice coffee drink,

while we pondered the existence in this neck of the woods of a Hasidic Jewish population.

We visited an ancient church facade with a big new church going in behind,

watched some aggressive basketball,

and marveled at the excessive number of tuktuks for such a small village.

Here is a peek of San Pedro from the ride back.

Finally, here are a few shots of our visits to the Cooperativa Spanish School's Kamoon home building project houses. We piled in the back of a another pickup for the steep ride up to the Bella Vista area near the football field.

Here we are, enjoying the wonderful view and beautiful kitchen area of the Ujpan Navichoc house which the family just moved into in June.

Next stop was the 1st Kamoon home completed 3 years ago for the Ujpan Tuch family.

Then we walked back into town to visit the Navichoc Pacay home which was completed in between, home of our very 1st Beca Project family.

You can find the complete photo sets for this trip HERE.
Happy trails!

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