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Last days in Xela

We're in Xela again after spending the weekend at the beautiful Lake Atitlan a few hours southeast of the city. We took a 'chicken bus' there on Saturday morning, arriving at the tourist Mecca of Panajachel around lunchtime. After a meal of grilled chicken and decidedly non-Guatemalan mac n cheese, we took the 45-minute boat ride to Santiago Atitlan. It's a far less touristy city on the lake with much more Mayan influence. We had a great time biking around the lake and visiting little Mayan towns where it was tough to find a Spanish speaker! We also had a chance to paddle on the lake in a canoe and take some nice photos, which I promise to post sometime soon. :)

This week has been filled with studying Spanish and checking out the sites in and around Xela, like the very interesting cemetery and bustling markets. Mariel also had the chance to spend some time doing exams on children and babies at the orphanage in town, which was a very good experience. We had our graduation dinner and received our mini diplomas from the school on Wednesday, and tomorrow we say goodbye to our great teachers and awesome fellow students. We've learned a lot that will make working in Honduras and the US easier. We also have our last dinner with our wonderful host family tonight, as we will be heading out of town tomorrow afternoon to Guatemala City. On Saturday, we bus from there to Copan, where we hope to get a little time to check out the amazing Mayan Copan ruins. On Sunday, we head from Copan to San Pedro Sula where we will meet up with someone from the hospital and ride with them to Balfate. We plan to start working on Monday.

Again, we will post photos as soon as we get time in between all these bus rides. Until then, hasta luego!


Posted by vagabundos 17:36 Archived in Guatemala

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