On New Year's Eve night we danced in the basketball court with locals from this small rural community, had another fireworks bonanza, this time turning into a quasi-war situation with the kids from the community. The kids had most of the fireworks stock and managed to keep the foreigners in a state of hysterical-terror for a good 2 hours. On New Year's Day a couple of us harvested corn with a local family and sat at their house shucking corn, playing with the kids, and talking for a couple hours during the hottest part of the day. We helped a little bit on a mural that was being painted by the high school students from CA and after that we walked to a beautiful waterfall on the property and took a refreshing "shower" under the powerful stream. It was a lovely couple of days and inspiring to meet some local activists who are working to bring positive change to their communities. The families we met were so welcoming and generous and the food was delicious! Also, the best and strongest coffee I've had in Guatemala!
|We wrote New Years Resolutions, put them in a pile together and lit them on fire!|
|The mural in progress|
|The view on our walk to the waterfall--just a couple hours outside of Xela, but so warm and tropical!!|