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!

Monday, July 21, 2014


I met Mynor at the Cooperativa School at 8am on Monday and we sat and planned out our home visits and activities for the week. While Mynor typed the plans into a spreadsheet, my camera and I enjoyed the scenery. 

It is hard to believe that the school has only been serving students in this location for 15 months - it has a timeless feel and the gardens grow more gorgeous every day thanks to the resident garden artist, Delfino.

We visited a few families to tell them about the plans for visits and for the celebration lunch on Saturday.

Andrea, the wife of Cooperativa co-director Lorenzo, is orchestrating our celebration lunch on Saturday; while she and Mynor put their heads together, I hung out with their son Lorencito. For those who don't know the story, Lorencito was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last fall and has spent most of the last 10 months with his dad in Guatemala City undergoing chemo and radiation therapies; they're heading back 2sday for tests that will help determine next steps. I really love that brave kid - please keep winging prayers and positive thoughts their way.

After lunch I checked out the progress on Ti Wachooch with Josefa and Mynor, the little apartment Mike and I are building on top of their family's home - so exciting!  

Here's the bathroom - light coming in from both sides.

The bedroom walls are plastered and they have moved on to the kitchen; they have also made progress on the cement counter/cabinet units.

Then, with the aid of a tuktuk, we visited 46 families in 3 hours. A new world record!

It would have taken days without the tuktuk but many of the paths and lanes aren't in a tuktuk's skill set so we spent much of the time hiking.

Waiting for dogs to become friendly.

Mynor talked to whoever was home, giving out slips of paper with information and asking some of the mothers to work together to provide cooking and weaving lessons later in the week - a tiring, inspiring, productive day.

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

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