Posada El Arco
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... apples to apples) with another student/teacher pair for about an hour. Thankfully, I was the loser with only 10 cards - the winner had 15 - because we then had to make sentences using the adjectives that we had. It was a smart practice. For the last hour, I read about the Loteria that is common in Mexico. I had to read a story about a young boy who was learning about what the Loteria is and learning to speak spanish. Loteria is ...
... Mayan (Quichė- pronounced Quich eh) and she had travelled over two hours to get to the market and would return to her village after the markets. She spoke no Spanish, just Quichė her native Mayan tongue. Most of the sellers at this market had little or no Spanish and were native Mayan. The other tablecloth was a Chichicastenango one with mountain patterns in it. Beautiful and both were natural dyed and handwoven. We found the lovely cafė ...
... a shop. She now has a small weaving coop. Our first stop was her shop to learn about blackstrap weaving. We tried spinning, and, we were very bad at it!!
We learned about the murals around the village. One that I particularly liked was against Monsanto and GMO foods. We walked through the market and saw the local women washing their clothes in the lake. Unfortunately, the herbal medicine part of the tour was not as good as we had hoped because places were closed or ...
... hills and heat.
Numerous local people were out working in the fields and in the little villages and as I passed one little country cottage, I noticed a lad doing some building work wearing a Liverpool football shirt. And not one of the cheap, fake replicas that are commonly sold, but the real deal.
'Liverpool!' I shouted and gave the thumbs up.
He waved back with a big smile.
'Bueno!' I cried.
Small world again.
Finally a good night sleep with both of us seemingly having an uninterrupted sleep until sun up. We shower at a touch after 0700, and have our morning coffee with our corn flakes and muesli. The coffee tasted 'different' this morning but no time to find a decent one, so slam it down and hustle along to pack the bags before the bus arrives. Today, we are off to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan for 2 nights before we head to Nicaragua. Our bus is to depart at 0830 ...