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Day 6!

So today was day 6 of our incredible adventure, and also one of the most important days because it was the day we transitioned into our homestays. We started off the day with having a treat of eating delicious organic fruits such as pineapple, melon, and watermelon. We were able to notice how much better and natural the flavors were compared to the fruit back home. After a quick pack up of all our bags, we headed to our van, ready to move locations. We ended up taking a small boat across Atilan. We didn’t even realize how large the body of water was until we were actually on it. It was in between dozens of mountains and volcanoes that provided stunning scenery. Once the boat hit the dock, we were introduced to a town full of tourism. We left this town and drove about 3 hours to get to our destination…the Chico Mendez Project. At arrival, we had lunch waiting for us where some of the boys tried different cultural foods such as hot chilly peppers. We were able to see how culturally different our foods were because while we found them super spicy, the Guatemalans were laughing at us! This made everyone super excited for all the upcoming changes and adaptations we all realized we were going to have to make, especially with our homestays!

 

-Sydney

 

Different Living Conditions

 

After lunch, we learned about the loophole system of where Armando brought in endangered trees to attract animals and species into certain areas so that the government couldn’t sell the land there and mining companies couldn’t get to it. In the homestay, the living conditions are so different yet the locals live out their daily lives in a very easygoing way, doing chores and going to work and school. Us however, despite having far better living conditions live more stressfully so that coming here isn’t necessarily a vacation but a more relaxing experience despite the different living conditions. This goes to show that living conditions and daily routine perhaps affect the way we all go about living life.

 

-Terrence