Lake Atitlan from the San Pedro Volcano

Lake Atitlan from the San Pedro Volcano
Lake Atitlan from the San Pedro Volcano

18 April 2012

Afternoon Adventures

Each week our school schedules optional afternoon activities for its students. After a morning of class, we return to our house for lunch and then later meet up at school for that day’s activity. Last week we learned to make tortillas…

Cindy, teaching us how to make tortillas
David, enjoying a homemade tortilla with beans and fresh cheese
 And we went to Salcaja… where we visited one of the oldest churches in Central America (built in 1524) and tried two local liquors: Caldo de frutas (made from many fermented fruits) and Rompopo (made with rum, egg yolks, sugar, and spices)…

And we went salsa dancing (unfortunately we have no pictures, though it was lots of fun!).

This week we went to a multicultural event that was hosted by a local university and held in a nearby exhibition hall. We learned about the 23 Mayan cultures, languages, traditions, and foods.

Yesterday we visited San Andres Xecul. The main attraction of the town is their brightly colored Catholic church. It’s painted red, yellow, and blue and has neon lights on the inside. The town is built into a hill, which we climbed up to see a smaller church (also brightly colored).  


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