So, yesterday we (Erica, Alyssa, and I) got to go on the 9th grade feild trip! It was a lot of fun. We first went to a mountain on the outside of Catacamas (the town Escuela El Sembrador is outside of) where there are steps the whole way up. Oh man. Thanks to 3 summers at Heart O Hills my calves barely felt it. Unfortunately my asthmatic lungs are not terribly used to climbing mountains, especially not as fast as steps allow and I barely made it up there, but I did!!! Yay!
Then we drove out a ways to these really cool caves that were apparently the site of an ancient culture. Have you seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls? Well, these caves were a place where crystal skulls were found and used in worship. At least that is my understanding of things...I mean all the signs and the guided tour were in Spanish so that's just kind of what I gathered, it could be slightly wrong. At one were standing in a room called the Cathedral and the guide told us it was the site of the ancient rituals and that under the pavement we were standing on were pits filled with dismembered bodies (there was a pit for heads, one for arms, and so on) The anthropologist in me said "awesome!" the general person in my said "Arg! That is gross and disturbing!"
After the caves we ate some yummy Chinese food and went to go play in the river which was cold and felt wonderful at that point!
Then it was back home for a normal night, but it was an exceptionally good day. I didn't bring my camera because I didn't trust myself with it in a cave and all, but here are some photos that were taken that day:
(Alyssa is the girl in the dark blue shirt and Erica in the light blue, the other gringo is Jeremy, a missionary here)
So, while I am here I am taking photos and editing them for the yearbook as well as doing a little design for the yearbook. I also teach art to the MKs and am making friends with some of the boys and have given art lessons to a couple of them, which has been great! They are eager to learn and it's a good way to make friends without my having to know too much Spanish.
Well, I need to go now, I need to go take photos before church!!!!