Today has been one of the most tiring and connecting days on this trip. We first had to climb a volcano that had an attitude of 9,514 feets high. The climb was brutal, some of our peers had to take long pauses before walking again, because of the steepness of the Chicabal volcano. Going to that volcano was also difficult, because the village was on a steepness that we all had to go on the “torito”, the name of the pickup truck, that took us to the trail of the site. I started late the climb, because of going to the restroom, but I did catch up to the front people which were the most comfortable or athletic of the group. Ones we got up on the topest part of the volcano, we saw the most beautiful image of the lake. My colleagues and I thought we when through the hardest part of the lake but going down in the stairs was hell also. Some felt their feet dying half way going down, but luckily I only felt my feet dying at the bottom of the lake.
Ones at the bottom, the Professor that we had explained the way the galaxy work in respect to our lives. I found it very interesting how he describe the galaxy in connection with human life. After this we began with the Mayan ceremony, which was very connecting to me. We were not obligated to participated but we all did. The Prof. was telling us how there an energy that people can imitated and that we could all sense our vibrates. Ones the ceremony started, the galaxy lecture that he was giving us made more sense. The way the ceremony work was that we would put items in a circle diagram that he drew with the salt. We put the item in fire and he preach an aspect of life and if we wanted to be hear, we would put a candle in the fire. That continue until he cover every aspect of bad habits. Also the heat of the fire was intense to the people facing in the east side of the fire. I personally felt very connected to the ceremony not just because it was somewhat like Catholicism, but when he talk about how crying can relieved every sense of emotion, stress and guilt in our heart that it brought memories of when I cry for a long while that I did felt more clans. After the ceremony my energy was repleteness and I felt more alive.
On our way back to where the “torito” left was more easier. My learning partner, Enrique, and I lead the trail, but this time we did not went up in the stairs, because they were painful. We took the alternative route which was easier. We where so ahead of everyone else that we created “L.P” sign in random parts in the trail that we felt tired and see how many of our peers would find them. Also it made sure if we got lost that there can be a way of restepping our trail or for our friends to follow it. We ran in the straight parts and stop to make the signs with sticks and scratching the ground and making the area clean. We were the first group to be done, but we were also afraid at some point that we were lost. Ones the group got back, we told them if they saw the sign and most of them did not only a few did. We were glad for the ones that did see them. Ones everyone got back, Cassy wanted to push me in the tired wheel and where I literally scream like a little girl of how hard she pull, because it was my first time in a tired wheel and it also made butterflies in my stomach. Fun times.
After this hike, we were all super tired. We when to lunch where we had problems with how long they took, but it work our well. I had the sandwich “milanesa” which were not as good as the ones back in Cali. We then headed over La Casa Migrates to talk to the lady that sold wield from the Mayan people that make them. I had an unbelieved great experience today and looking forward to our few last days here.