Today we visited the ruins of Iximche, the first capital of Guatemala. Although one might think that the first capital would be really popular, in fact the place is not crowded by visitors.
We left about 8 in the morning and ate breakfast at a buffet on the way. The restaurant is really fancy, with a beautiful view of a valley. The food in the buffet was typical Guatemala food for the most part: fried plantain, boiled plantain, beans, bean paste, tortillas, cantaloupe, watermelon, cream, salsa, eggs, and coffee. It was quite the feast!
Keryn and her food =)
A lady making tortillas:
Instruments in the restaurant:
After breakfast, we continued on to Iximche. There we got a tour and description of some Mayan beliefs from a Mayan woman who came with us on the trip.
A sun dial:
The Mayan woman
Our amazing field directors-- Alex and Evy:
Then we got to look around at the ruins.
Well, that wasn't the end of the day, but after looking around at the ruins, we eventually got back on the bus and returned to GBS in order to debrief and eat dinner.
Looking ahead, we have our first ministry weekend coming this weekend. My team is working with a church called "Su Gracia"... Your/His Grace. It's in Chimaltenango, about a 20-25 minute walk from GBS. Saturday we'll go to our host homes and then in the afternoon see a movie with the youth group. Sunday we have church and then in the afternoon they're doing an outdoor evangelical event. Our team will be leading an activity for the little kids. You can be praying that it goes well.
Since Valentine's Day is on Sunday, when a lot of the students of GBS will be gone for ministry, the seminary is celebrating Dia Del Amistad on Friday evening, with a big party in the gym. I'm a little bit apprehensive about it, considering what it held last year... oh the Latino awkward moments! I'm sure it will be fun too. There's always a lot of laughing and teasing at such parties. =)
Well, I guess that's about it.