It was a beautiful morning! We started the day with Mass. Although it was in Spanish, we truly felt the powerful faith of the people. People packed the pews so tightly there wasn't even elbow room. Some even kneeled in the aisle and the overflow crowd started at the steps of the Church. The Mass was filled with great symbolic gestures - lots of incense, many altar servers, candles galore and a feeling of deep reverence throughout the church.
We were welcomed into a pew by a sweet grey-haired woman and her husband. She gestured for us to join her and then reached up and gave each of us a kiss on our cheek. We felt her great joy!
When we left I told her that my name was Elena (Spanish for Helen). She radiated with a super big smile and told me that was her name too. Pretty neat!
We spent a lovely day on the lake visiting a couple of nearby communities, shopping and exploring. Anyone who has been to Guatemala knows what a tuk-tuk is. Well, guess what? I got to drive one! It was great fun.
We ended our day off by having an ice cream treat at the local ice cream shop. We are rested and rejuvenated and ready for a full cllinic tomorrow.