Guatemala Day 8 (Tuesday)
Hello everyone! Today we hear our final reflection from Patrick about our last full day in Guatemala. We leave at 5:30 am for the airport tomorrow and will travel all day! Thank you for following along on our journey and for all your support. Pray for us and our safe travels home. See you in Minnesota soon!
Today was a very impactful day for the group. We woke up very early and headed off to a hike at 6:00 am. The hike took us through a thick forest with many scenic views. Although tiring, we eventually made it to the top where the best view was. The mountain overlooked the town of San Lucas and off to the right, you could see the lake. After our early hike, we scrambled to mass. Father Tony’s homily today was impactful in a sense of using ourselves to spread the word of Guatemala. He used a famous quote, but flipped it saying,” What happens in Guatemala cannot stay in Guatemala.” This phrase explains how we need to spread the word. After Mass, we ate breakfast and went to our work sites. At our worksite, Coco, Shelly, and I joined a few other long-term volunteers to spread concrete for the flooring of a house. Once we finished this task we chopped cinder blocks with machetes and hammers. After we finished our work, we headed back to the Biblioteca to eat lunch. Once lunch was finished, Michelle and Stephanie organized a scavenger hunt for the kids. The scavenger hunt included the kids going to the market and finding different foods to be put in the houses that we built. We split into two teams and whoever spent the least amount of Quetzales won. This process involved a lot of haggling but eventually we finished. After our scavenger hunt, we went back to the hotel and too a 2-hour break. I personally took a nap while others played games such as Catch-Phrase. After our break, we had a reflection in which we would pass around our notebooks and everyone would write something positive on each other’s books. This was an amazing experience to me reading the kind thoughts that others wrote for me. After our reflection, we headed off to a delicious dinner. At dinner, we had a fantastic meal and talked about our trip. I was able to talk with a few long-term volunteers about their experiences which was fascinating. After dinner we headed back to the hotel to pack up for a long travelling day ahead of us. See you later Guatemala!
Sent by Michelle Boris on Tuesday, July 24 at 11:59PM