Sunday, February 19, 2012
Our day was ruined...
Well, Mayan ruined. About half of us visited Kaminaljuyu, some Mayan ruins right in the heart of Guatemala City. We were able to get up close and personal with the archeological site, and spent about an hour and a half exploring the area. It's also used as sort of a park by the locals, as we saw several families having picnics and playing games.
After a yummy American-style fast food lunch at Pollo Compara (kind of like Popeye's Chicken), we headed to Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y Etnologia. There were more stone carvings and chipped pottery pieces than I could care to count. All of the placards were in Spanish though, so unfortunately I can't tell you much more about them. Our students found a nice statue worth mimicking though.
This is a great time to shine a spotlight on the hard work and hospitality shown to us by our tour guide/transportation coordinator, Luis. He accompanies us on most bus trips and arranges all of the local travel logistics. It's hard to imagine how we would get around this place without his friendly guidance. Thanks, Luis!