Night

I finished the day where I started it, out on the little jetty overlooking the lake.  Being dark, there wasn’t as much to see, but the mist/clouds were thin enough to see some stars (and a rotation of Orion I am not used to!) and the odd bat flitting over the water.   Advertisements

So much to see

Wherever we go, whatever we are doing the whole group is constantly overwhelmed by how much there is to see and hear.  Every place is different, but the senses never get bored.  It can all be summed up with the word ‘vibrant’. This is bound to peak tomorrow as we visit the market at Chichicastenango –…

Maximón Effort

The afternoon took a very different direction with an aspect of Modern Maya culture that was utterly intriguing.  It involved Maximón and his hosts. When the Spanish came to Guatemala they of course brought Christianity.  Some Maya blended some of the Catholic beliefs into their own religion and some took the saints on, mixing them with…

Weaving Magic

This afternoon we visit Ixoq Ajkeem (Woman Weaver) in San Juan de La Laguna, a co-operative of Maya women who create cotton garments from scratch.  They use the profits to help put their children through school, an essential requirement when joining the group. They were extremely friendly and before serving us a traditional meal of…

No Dogophant Glyph

We started our time in San Juan La Laguna at the art gallery of Antonio Coché where several artists produce and sell their work.  The styles were varied, but all shared vibrant colours that created a wonderful wow factor as soon as you saw them.  Deeper viewing allowed us to explore the Maya themes of…

Slow, Slow, QUICK QUICK!

What a change of pace for the morning.  It began with a rather zen moment by Lake Atitlan as you can see: I watched the fishermen for a bit: Then we left for the jetty to catch a boat to San Juan La Laguna….it started with a ride on a Tuktuk, and then a speedy…

Volcano no show

The mist/clouds were against us this afternoon as they kept the volcanoes around Lake Atitlan from being seen.  A shame, but nothing that could have been prevented, just unlucky.  We had a fun half-hour boat trip over to Santiago Atitlan and have arrived at our second hotel, where we’ll be staying for just two nights….

Iximche

This morning (after shopping for some handmade leather cowboy boots), we visited our first site – Ixminche. It was founded in the postclassic period after migrations from the lowlands took the Maya north  into Mexico, and some went to the southern Highlands, so it’s described as a very late site.  Here they founded Iximche, considered the…

Maya Day Ceremony – a privilege

The afternoon involved something that turned out to be extremely special to us: participation in a private Maya Day Ceremony.  We were looking forward to it as it was, but came away with so much more than expected. Each day is special and has meaning to the Maya, and our birthdays were used as part of…

Making Tortillas

For lunch we were invited to the house of a friend of Ixnal (who had taught us some Kaqchikel yesterday) in Santa Maria de Jesus.  We were shown how the traditional tortillas are made, with a couple of us having a go, and were treated to a classic, and special, traditional dish for lunch that takes 24…

A Real Superman

Forget Batman or Superman, this is a real superhero: This is Igor Xoyón, principal of My Melody School.  We visited there this morning to see the amazing work he and his staff are doing in providing education, healthcare and support to Maya children who live in poverty. It resulted in a rollercoaster of emotions as we…

Another day, another breakfast

Told you I’d get a picture today after I was forced to order one of these again 😉 Can you work out what each thing is?  Housepoints on offer if you get them all right…