September 20th, 2003


buses, mayans, jungle

A big couple of days, but I don't remember everything I wanted to write about, so I'll focus on today. I got up very early to go visit a community that goes by the name San Francisco, located in the "coastal" region of the country, down toward the Pacific Ocean from Xela (although it's not actually ON the coast, just near it).

I got up early to meet for the 7:00 shuttle ride. The shuttle wasn't at all crowded, and I got a chance to chat a bit with our guide, Reynaldo, who had also guided us to Fuentes Georginas the other week. Chatting was good because he's kinda struck me as a little distant, but I think it's just that he's quiet (actually, that's what a lot of people think of me on meeting, so...) Then we switched over to the bus out toward the coast. This is on of the famous "chicken busses", and I thought it was full when we got on, but no! Every time I thought there was no way they could fit another person on the bus, they packed in another 3 or 4! Amazing. I wish we could have gotten a picture of it before we got off, but there are some cultural tabboos about photo-taking and I'm not clear enough on them to know when what's okay.

We got off the bus into very warm, humid, coffee-growing hills, and walked down a sandy/muddy road to where a bunch of men were working to put down concrete. We passed them and started onto finished road -- this is the road that the community is building by hand as part of their development.

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