Much of our day was spent travelling from Antigua to Panajachel, with a few stops along the way. This was my view for a lot of time....
After having a bit of time to explore, watch them work, and try our hands at weaving (I snagged a really great video of Elaine trying out the floor loom), if we liked....we gathered together and the group gave a bit of a presentation. They told us a bit about their area, their group, their clothing and its construction, and their own personal histories. It was a very emotional sharing, and I think it goes without saying or presumption that everyone in attendance was affected by their experience today. I was able to take several videos during our visit, so I will have to try to figure out how to share then once I am back home again.
So onto the journey....let's just say that it brought back memories of weekend trips to the Shack when I was a child in Tasmania...minus the barfing (at least in our van...LOL!). A very long and winding road....up a mountain....around...and then back down again. Repeat. Repeat. And repeat some more. For about 1.5-2 hours all told, I think....and maybe longer. Sometimes we were able see where we would eventually travel a couple of minutes ahead of time. Eventually we arrived in Panajachel.
I took lots of photos from inside the van, but they just seem to hint at what it was really like driving through the mountains...the varying terrain...the arrangements of the crops (on even the steepest of inclines -- I was really captivated by the agriculture), the clusters of communities, the simple shelters made from all types of very basic materials. I hope that I never complain again about the amazing life I have in Canada.
(Yes, that is exhaust. No, that is not unusual here.)
Shortly after lunch, we visited a Mayan Ruins, Iximche. Although it was (apparently) not quite as impressive as Tikal, it was still very interesting and I was glad that we stopped. So amazing to think that such a large area was home to just four families, hundreds and hundreds of years ago. There was a very special ceremonial altar / sacred place where photos were not appropriate that had a very serene, calm feeling. The Mayan people still visit there today for rituals.
We eventually arrived in Panajachel, a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Attitlan. I was able to capture a few quick snaps on the drive into town, but then my camera was more than ready for a charge....
We met up with Mary Anne and had a fun night out on the town. More on that later....but for now I am off to bed. Need to be well rested in preparation for our exciting day tomorrow, when we get to meet the hookers! :-)