We arrived in San Lucas, Guatemala on Sunday at 6:30ish. We started our week with a Spanish speaking Mass. Then we ate dinner at the parish where we will eat all of our meals. We traveled the town and found Sarita an amazing ice cream shop. At about 8:30 we headed back to our unique hotel because we had to catch curfew at 9 o’clock because we were told by the parish that dangerous incidents have happened after 9 p.m.
Monday we woke to the sounds of roosters, it was around 3 a.m. when they started with the cock-a-doodle-do. At about 7:30 we met on the balcony of the hotel to have prayer, with the view of 2 volcanoes in the scenery. At 8 we had breakfast at the parish consisting of oatmeal, black beans, rolls, and Guatemalan grown bananas. We later went on a tour of the parish volunteer work sites; including the New Woman’s Center, the Tree Farms, and the Coffee Plantation. Then we listened to Toribio who talked to us about the arboles or trees. You could tell that he was very passionate about his work and he was very intelligent for not attending college. We rode in the back of a truck back to the parish to have lunch. From the back of the trucks the views are AMAZING!!! After Lunch we met our first friend his name is Douglas (pronounced: DOOOOGLASS.) We ended up working in the gardens that evening because they didn’t have any medical clinics set up to work at for the night. We hoed moss around 52 rows of coffee bean plants (but remember there are two sides to each row.) After work we walked back to the parish for dinner. After dinner we went to watch soccer in a fenced in concrete floored field. We ended our night at the Toliman Restaurant and had a Pina Colada and a Magarita SIN (without) alcohol.
Tuesday we started our first clinic in the town of Cerro de Oro. We had three stations; an intake station, nursing station (temperature, weight, etc.) and a Doctors station who diagnose and prescribe medication for the patients. Oh and don’t forget about us, we were in the pharmacy. We gave the doctors their prescribed medicines. We Played Football (SOCCER) with a couple of boys but the pack grew and an hour later there were 20 kids playing with us (these kids, they’re not normal ten year old soccer players, they are AMAZING, even better than Lance, and they can do the Channing Tatum move way better than Annie!) We had lunch at the clinic. While we were eating we felt very bad because the kids that we were playing with don’t eat lunch and they stared at us while we ate with hunger in their eyes, but we weren’t allowed to feed them because of a rule passed by the parish (not wanting to make them into beggars). We had to leave the clinic at 3 to get back for a speech done by Chona! She talked about her life and the difficulties of the violent times during 1981-1985 when Guatemala was facing a civil war and was under military command. She talked about her how her husband and thousands were killed and are still missing. She talked about how she risked her life to save 11 children with the help of Father Greg who is looked upon as a holy man. After dinner we walked around town searching for Kleenex and de-worming medicine, and let me tell you it was very difficult. We went to 10 different stores and almost got attacked by the wild dogs (Grace is deadly afraid of them and you would be too cause they are vicious!!!!) On our journey to find these products we ended up buying many snacks from the market because the prices are INCREDIBLE here. (You get large bottles of pop for $0.50 and chips for $0.15) -------- Les tendremos informados, Grace & Aunikah