After four long weeks from my last entry, you can imagine how much has happened and how impossibly lengthy this entry would be if I summarized my experiences like I normally do. So instead of bombarding you with a short novel, I will give a photo recap of the past month, and you can see parts of it first hand:My room. This is an important photo to show first because it is actually where I spent most of the past month. I’ve been sick for the past four weeks, longer than ever before in my life and I didn’t have the energy to keep up with the blogging (thus my hiatus). After two doctors, one radiologist, one wrong diagnosis and prescription, one CAT scan, one ear infection, one bout of pinkeye, and more sleepless nights than I care to count, I am glad to say that the bronchitis, allergies and nasal infection are starting to go away. I am more frustrated than anything else because I have spent three weekends idle and missed out on travel opportunities. However, as you will see, there was a ton to see and do in
Mariachi’s at a CIRMA celebration to welcome the stolen baby Jesus back to the nativity scene. This is apparently a tradition all over
The yellow house that Laura and Kendal are sitting in front of is my home in
Check out the fireball in the sky next to the church. Behind those clouds is Volcano de Fuego which erupted the other night. You could see the lava and fire shooting out of the mouth from
Dancer at cultural festival with beautiful smile.
Cultural dance festival on the steps of the Cathedral
That is a circus lion, leopard and jaguar being transported to the next fair grounds. It was raining and the lion was pacing back and forth while the truck blasted down the road at 70 MPH.
With my own kind. He wanted to play with my water bottle and was surprisingly strong. After interacting I’ve decided that I really want a tail. Really.
The beach front hotel we stayed at in
The beach in Playa
This is the river that separates
Laundry hanging in the garden at my home. In the background you can see the statue of Mary and Jesus with fruit and incense offerings.
Calle Chipilapa with families out in front of their homes creating carpets from fruit, leaves, pine needles, and colored sawdust for the processional to walk over. The weeks leading up to Easter are a huge celebration with processions winding through
Luis, the grandson of my host family in front of the alfombra or carpet which I was able to help create.
The procession passing by our house. The atmosphere of the crowd is comparable to a Fourth of July celebration in the states; complete with families, kids, vendors, sweets, balloons, popcorn and cotton candy.
My family: Luis (grandfather of little Luis), Victoria, and Maria Luisa, watching the festivities.
The processional bearers in costume.
The sheer mass of the processional is incredible. The men and women who carry it on their backs clench their teeth and fight to keep moving. Penitence doesn’t get more plain than carrying a thousand pound representation of your God on your back.
Cerro de la Cruz, on a hill over looking
Just so you understand how big this cross is that is me at the base of the cross in the second picture.
Our second class trip to Maya ruins, this time in the capital city. The tin roofs to the bottom left are protecting the ruins, in the background the city. My fantastic archaeology professor Erick Ponciano is waving.
I’ve seriously thought about this tail thing. I want one. The beautiful painted Maya pottery in the Popul Vuh museum.
The sunrise by canoe at the wildlife preserve in
White cranes and the sunrise.
Waves from passing boat.
Reflection of sunrise...
Fishermen in the perserve getting food for the day.
Last weekend hanging out at the black sand beach. The water was warm and current crazy strong.