Hello friends and family and happy mother’s day to all the mommies out there
So, I’d like to start off by saying that since I’ve arrived in Guatemala I’ve made a series of promises to adopt certain “good habits” this whole month. The first promise I made was to not check my facebook throughout my entire stay. I think that it will be good to disconnect from what’s going on back home and really just focus on what I came to do here in Guatemala. The second promise I made was that I will wake up in a good mood everyday! It’s something that has been very easy to do here because I am enjoying waking up everyday knowing that I will experience and learn something new. It’s quite rejuvenating. The third promise I made was that I will eat foods that were gluten- free… but that went down the drain 2 hours ago when I ate spaghetti for dinner.
Everything about Guatemala is so humbling. Every day on our way to Casa Del Alfarero I look out the car window and I am absolutely fascinated by the many houses made out of tin that cover the mountains. The streets, although dirty and gray, are full of hard- working people ready to start their days selling on the streets or walking to the dump. It’s true what some say, that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There are 13,000 people aged 14 and up that work at the dump, diligently looking for things of value that they can later sell in the market. We were able to see the dump on the second day we were here. I was so shocked when we saw it from the mountains and I asked Rogelio, one of the volunteers at Casa Del Alfarero, how much the scavengers complained about working at the dump. He said that most scavengers look at the dump as a blessing because it gives them an opportunity to make a living, no matter how small it is. wow. Lesson learned.
Keep posted for more posts in future!