Mike and I explored the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula for 2 weeks of flyfishing (Mike), diving (Stacey), snorkeling, Maya ruins, a colonial city, cenotes, quite a few hammocks and lots of great food.

When Mike flew home I headed to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas for 2 weeks of Spanish study with a small group in tow. We lived with host families and visited area sights including villages, museums, and ruins.

When the group flew home I bused to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala for a week of planning for future growth of the Beca Project (link below) and meeting our sponsored kids and their families.

When our daughter Mariah and her husband Greg invited us to share a timeshare in Quintana Roo between Christmas and New Years, a new chapter to this blog was added. HAPPY TRAILS!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1st Full Day in San Cristobal

1st, the bad news: Rain, lots of RAIN! It has continued to pour and the streets run like rivers. I am concerned about the marginalized people in Mexico and Guatemala who can ill afford more landslides or even continued rain when shelter is scarce from the last round.

Now, the good news: The group is great, our homestays are great, we all like our teachers, the school is beautiful and accommodating, and there are lots of cheap, interesting activities available to us in addition to the museums, churches, and markets that come with the territory. So far we’re planning for traditional cooking classes, salsa dance lessons, traditional Maya sweat baths, jewelry making, cinema night, and visits to local indigenous villages and several major Maya ruins.

After classes and lunch with our families we met back at school with ponchos and rolled up pants and headed to the closest indoor market; my favorite section was the sweets.

We also took a tour of the city in a street-car looking vehicle with Spanish explanations for the things we peered at through the rain. I’ve posted a few scenes below because I don’t want to be just a fair weather blogger.

We checked out a few artisan stores and wound up at a coffee place before heading back to our families for the light evening meal, usually served after 8:30. HAPPY TRAILS!

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