We are having some internet probblems so we are combinding Saturday and Sunday’s posts.
Saturday the day of travel.
After getting on the bus at 3am, making it to the airport at about 6:30 and getting on the plane at about 8:30am we took off around 9:15am. The flight was about 5.5 hours and it was a little rough. The good thing was they played the movie pitch perfect (acabelieve it!). Hey also gave us food…which was interesting. The mini salads were mainly frozen, as were the fig neutons. It was food though so I’m not going to complain…anymore. A lot of people were not feeling very good during the flight wghich was unortunate, but by the time we landed in Panama City people were feeling better. Our connecting flights were fairly close together so as soon as we got off the plane we had to go quickly t the terminal for Guatemala City. We had enough time for a quick bathroom break, a quick snack, and the chace to take off the wiscinsin layers since it is niw 80 degrees. The second flight was about 2.5 hours. We also got food on this fligt, but it was a lot better. Yummy oreos, chips made from a yucca plant (its a root plant) and a turkey sandwhich. A lot of people were sleeping on the flights because of the minimum sleep received the night before. After landing in Guatemala
Today after a much needed night of rest, that was periodically interrupted by barking dogs and chickens, we woke up to a breakfast of pancakes and bananas that was prepared by one of the farmers wives. After breakfast and sunscreen application, we took vans into Antigua for a tour of the city. Our guide, Harvey, met us at a cafe that is owned by one of the As Green As It Gets farmers. He began with a history of Guatemala and its people, which was very interesting. His tour was translated from Spanish to English by Jane, who also works with AGAIG. They laughed when telling us that it was hilarious to them when people panicked about the supposed Mayan Apocalyse. As it turn out, they ended their calender then on purpose because they we moving to a new period. After that we went to a tour of the Catholic Church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1773. It was so beautiful and it was easily one of my favorite sites of the day. The church was enormous and it was incredible that they were able to build something so ornante with so few tools. We even went into the crypt, which was dark, humid, and a little creepy. We were able to get many great pictures there.