Guatemala Day 7 (Monday)
Buenas noches. Today John is sharing with you about our Monday in Guatemala. Enjoy!
Today was wonderful, starting our day off with a great view on top of the hotel was personally my favorite way start to a day this week. I was awake all of mass, but it seemed when I got to breakfast I was wiped out and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to work. After breakfast however, I was ready to go. We hiked up and down San Lucas to get to the worksite, but it was worth it. When we got there we were told we were going to be sifting sand and mixing concrete, and they had everything ready for us. As soon as we started working, people thought it was quiet, too quiet. So one of the Guatemalans took out his speaker and motioned for me to hook up to it. I decided to play some of Today’s Spanish Top Hits. I sometimes noticed that the workers were dancing, and that made me very happy to see them in such a joyful mood, just because of some rhythmic sound. Another thing I thought was wonderful was the amount of patience the workers had. No matter how much we did the job wrong, they were always willing to teach some more. When we were slow, they were willing to wait. Once the job was done everyone said goodbye and my group headed back to the Biblioteca for lunch. Lunch was soon over, and I got into the back of a truck with some others, the rest of everyone hiked to the coffee place, to not only try coffee, but tea as well. I personally don’t like coffee, and I already tried it, so I didn’t try the coffee, but I did try the tea; Father Tony arrived just in time for that I believe. After we were taught the process of making coffee, and then tasting it, we headed over to the next room to sort beans. We sat around enormous sifters, and they dumped tons of green beans into them. We were then told to sort through all of them, and put the bad ones into a bucket. Needless to say, some people got bored very quickly and started gathering piles to claim as their own, confession time; I did too. We got talked to, to say the least, and we got back to work. We weren’t exactly done, but we had to leave to continue our journey through Guatemala. Everyone then loaded up into a couple of vans, and we were driven up a mountain to see the sunset. My gosh what a sight to see. Looking down to a very large lake, which seemed like an ocean, seeing a town right on the shore, and then a little more to the left you see another town on the side of a mountain, was the most likely best thing I have seen so far during this trip. Took a couple photos, then back down the mountain to have dinner to end the day. The thing is, it wasn’t the end. Before I even knew it, we headed back to the hotel to change, then walked down to a local park to play basketball. Some Guatemalans loaned us a ball for a bit, and right as we were about to head back to the hotel, some other kids decided to ask us to play. With minimal words said, and I mean minimal, we were playing 5 on 5. It is always so fascinating that even though are two different types of people, who don’t speak the same language, we can find something in common, put all worries aside, and have fun. It wasn’t a very relaxing day, but it was enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the early hike tomorrow to see the sunrise.
Sent by Michelle Boris on Monday, July 23 at 11:54PM