On Thursday of our trip to Guatemala, we took a break from our labors and went to the famous market in Chichicastenango. Brett and Elliott were sick that day due to drinking the water (don't drink the water!) so Rachel and I explored the market together.
The market was so fun and so busy! There were so many Guatemalans screaming their prices and trying to get our attention and bargaining with us and bombarding us with little trinkets. I loved everything that they sold there and I wanted to buy it all! I really wanted to get some Mayan shirts and skirts that the Guatemalan women wear, but I decided against it because I would never actually wear them in real life. The Mayan shirts looked great on Rachel though as seen here:
Here are the other pictures from our adventure at Chichicastenango's market:
Then we ate lunch at Hotel de Santo Tomas right across the street from the market. The place was absolutely gorgeous and we stuffed our faces at the delicious buffet.
The rest of Thursday we spent with sick Brett and watched We Bought a Zoo, which is an adorable, inspiring movie and you should watch it. There was a crazy lightning storm that night so we snuggled inside.
On Friday, we went ziplining! I was pretty nervous beforehand because I am terrified of heights, but it was actually amazingly fun.
We also went to a lovely butterfly exhibit
After ziplining and the butterfly place, we said farewell to the Rancho Grande Inn and Panajachel and headed on the three hour bus drive to Guatemala City. That night we stayed at a wonderful, fancy hotel called the Barcelo and had an extraordinary seafood buffet. We also had the privelege to talk to mission presidents from all over Central America who were there for a big conference.
Sadly, we had to leave on Saturday. It was such an amazing trip filled with work and fun.
Rachel, Brett and I got to Las Vegas at 2:00am (you know, in the morning) and then drove straight to Provo. We parked our car in the parking lot of a Walmart for a few hours so Brett could get some sleep, and then drove on. We got to Provo around 9:30am on Sunday and promptly crashed and slept for many hours.
Guatemala was spectacular. I am so happy that we had the privilege to be there among the people and experience so many new and exciting things. That place will always have a special place in my heart.