Monday, October 26, 2009

Guatemala Mission Trip, Oct. 24

Saturday Kirk and Matt went back to Gomera to check on the pump. It was still lurching along, but may need some attention when the next DCC group comes down in November.

Then it was back to Guatemala City via Antigua, where we stopped for a little shopping and sightseeing. I was too tired to get my camera out very often, so this last day's offerings are a little meager.

The city was founded by the Spanish back in 1543, and was the third capital of the country. It has a ton of cobblestone streets and old ruins of colonial churches, like this one.

The Santa Catalina arch is supposedly one of the most photographed structures in the world. So I took a picture of it.

The center of town had beautiful gardens and fountains.

Saint Joseph Cathedral. Matt apparently felt like he hadn't been in enough pictures.

Part of the ruins of an old monastery have been turned into a five-star hotel, the Casa Santo Domingo.

A part of the inside was being prepared for a wedding. Really not a bad setting for one.

We rolled out of town around 6:30 and headed back to the Mennonite Seminary where we had spent our first night. After some very satisfying Domino's for dinner, it was an early bedtime in advance of our 4 a.m. departure to the airport on Sunday. And a fairly uneventful nine hours and two planes later, we were back in Denver.

Despite the tummy troubles, cough and fatigue that still haven't quite gone away, I'm incredibly happy to have had the opportunity to go on this trip and contribute to the projects. The experience was something I'll absolutely never forget, and I hope the people in Azatlan and Gomera both get to enjoy their new wells for years to come.

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