Diane and Allan arrived on Saturday morning and didn't have to leave til early Thursday morning. They were wonderful guests and fit right into the routine of the CCM. We did plan a little excursion to Lake Atitlan for Monday and Tuesday and I'll share that with you in just a minute. Our first excursion Saturday morning was to attend the Textile Museum at the University here in Guatemala. Elaine and Paul Pitcher joined us ..... they had served in Pleasant View as the Stake President for Diane and Allan's Stake, such a small world, huh. We learned about the "Huipiles" made by Mayan people, the native dress and significance of design and fabric. Diane and I are modeling this typical fashion below. The "Huipil" is the shirt. You have to love our head piece. It is a sash wrapped around a cord with the design on the outside only. These skirts are worn by all the women in different colors but for the most part are tied at the waist with a sash.....Some women then wear an apron on top of this ....lots of applique work involved, some by hand and some by machine.
Monday after group pictures were taken at the CCM we piled into our van and headed to our first little vacation. We had made reservations at Hotel Atitlan and it definitely lived up to its reputation as being the "best". The grounds were incredible . After lunch we spent some time enjoying this beautiful creation. The Hotel is 30 years old but has maintained its beauty through the years.
As we wandered the paths of the gardens we discovered all kinds of birds and even a family of rabbits. It was interesting the baby rabbits ears flop on the same side?
They were friendly and enjoyed our conversation with them....at one point I thought they were saying "Hola"....it was probably just my imagination.
We made arrangements at the front desk and rented a tuc tuc to see the sights. Ronny is our driver and we used him throughout our stay. At this moment we are headed to Panajachel. Pana is a town which is in the Guatemalan highlands in the department or county of Sololá. It has become the center of tourist trade in the area and provides the base for crossing the lake. We did some shopping in Panajachel and made the necessary arrangements for our boat ride across the lake on Tuesday morning. After our dinner we noticed we were not the only ones ready to climb into bed for the night
Each women has her own trees in her house, patio or wherever....they pick the cotton all year round, dye it in natural colors created by plants and soak it in the bark of banana trees to set the color. They demonstrated how to spin the cotton and I tried but ...... it'd take a long time for me to master that skill
This is a statue of Peter....and he is holding the keys to the kingdom. We are now in the village of San Pedro.
Our funniest memory was created in Santiago. We were invited to visit the Mayan Museum and the home of the Mayan God. Wow! we were so foolish. Actually I was amazed that we found ourselves entering the bedroom of the x-mayor and listening to his tale of the poverty and abuse of the people of Santiago, then we went to visit the Mayan God, a clay face sitting on some sort of wooden frame, wearing a wide brimmed hat, smoking a 12 inch cigar with 20 or more silk scarves hanging from his neck covering his body. There was incense burning in this room, partially dead yellow flowers, a glass casket with something in it???????? and body guards for this Mayan God. (4-5 men wearing dark glasses .....sitting around this table thinking these people from the U.S. are so foolish) Actually, I began to wonder at this point what percent our driver would receive of our donation to this project. I was really glad to get out of that house....so happy, I forgot to take a picture.