I´ve finally got some pictures up for you guys. The first two are from Volcán de Pacaya, and the last one is from our trip to the Women´s Coop that we wrote about earlier where they dressed us up in typical Mayan Wedding dress.
Our trip to the volcano was exceptional, one of the top five most amazing things I´ve ever done. Let me start with how this whole trip began. Cory and I had been wanting to climb a volcano, and I thought we might get a better price from the travel agency if we booked a whole group to do it. So, I talked to some other students at our school to see if they wanted to go, and before I knew it, I was in charge of planning a trip for 9 of us. I´m not sure how I was elected leader/event coordinator, but I was bustling about trying to collect money and find a good travel agency. It was really pretty stressful, and people started thinking they could ask me to book the rest of their trips in Guatemala. Oy! The travel agencies should start hiring me out.
We payed $12 per person for transportation, a guide, and security. The guide was a small Guatemalan man with a gold tooth and the security was the machete on his hip. Samuel, the guide, was very helpful and nice, and he answered all our questions about eruptions, lava, and poisonous sulfuric gases. (Plus he had a Texas A&M hat. Pretty good, eh Bub?) The hike to the top was about an hour and a half, and it was so nice to be away from the city. The trees, foliage, and view were all beautiful. We didn´t go to the very top, as we might have been boiled into a bubbly human stew if we had. We got plenty close to flowing lava (like 20 ft.!) and climbed atop igneous rock formations. One girl from Australia commented, ¨This is so Middle Earth!¨
We´ve been enjoying the rest of weekend in Antigua with Garrett and Lori, since this is their last weekend here. We got to go to this super swanky restaurant the other night that had a live Cuban jazz band. We ate fancy dishes like duck and bananas flambé. Other than that, we´ve just been plotting ways to get rich by selling t-shirts to tourists. All in all, a good weekend.