Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Independance Day in Antigua

The mornings are dedicated to our volunteering work. In the afternoons, we are taking part in various cultural activities. Last week, we had a lecture about the histotry of Guatemala, salsa lessons, artistic activities and a trip to the Sabana Grande in Escuintla, near the coast, where the temperatures were much higher than at the altitude of Guatemala City. This week we had a lecture about the medical system of Guatemala.

On this Wednesday, 4th of July, we went to Antigua to visit ruins of former monasteries and churches. Afterwards we went to San Antonio Agua Calientes were we visited some handicraft shop were the traditions of Mayan weddings were explained. Thereafter we learned how to make tortillas and tasted some Guatemalan coffee. In the evening some of us stayed in Antigua for dinner and in order to enjoy the city longer. It was also the occasion for the people form the USA to celebrate the day of their independance.

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