Friday, February 7, 2014

Feb. 7, 2014 (Day 1)

Editor's note:  This is the first of the blog entries from our latest group of travelers from Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church.  Due to technical issues we weren't able to post until they had already returned but wanted to make sure everyone was able to see what great work the group did down in San Lucas!  

After a brief delay of our departure from Kansas City, we arrived in Houston with a quick turn-around time for our next flight.  A few were lucky to grab a quick bite while at least one of us didn't have time to get her Bon Voyage frappuccino.
Flight landed on time in Guatemala City.  Thanks to our fearless leader, Candace, all went smoothly clearing Customs, and before we knew it, we were loading ourselves and our luggage into a Toyota van and heading for San Lucas Toliman.  Saying the ride was thrilling is truly an understatement.  Guatemala is perpetual rush-hour traffic with narrow roads, fearless drivers, many bikers, way too many trucks and pedestrians everywhere!  Made one halfway stop for the four “P’s”---petrol, potty, plantains and purified water.  Encountered one brief traffic delay, many roadside police and chicken buses as we wound our way through small impoverished villages, pineapples, people and pungent odors.  Many sugar cane fields and a coffee plantation later we arrived at our destination around 6:30 p.m., thanks to our wonderful driver, Julio.  One person suggested we should take a picture of him “down by the school yard” upon completion of our project.

After checking into our hotel, we met our gracious hosts who prepared a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, rice, salsa and tortillas for us.  We finished just in time to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  Time for bed.  Up and out early tomorrow.

Buenas noches!
Carol Malarky
Photos: Gabe Hopkins

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