Our time in Guatemala has come to a complete circle, but now it is time for us to help share to our colleagues what we experience. I learn so many people history and background that I felt that they can be part of mine now. Elenor and Martin were the very first ones that I got to know. She was my eating partner and he was my driving and eating partner. In the second part of the trip we got to meet Don Vicente who had an excellent sense of humor and telling jokes. In the Puya mining camp, I meet with the women, men and kids that told there story. The group felt the bravery the women and men support for their women. I also connected to Andy, one of the children playing there like nothing. In the HIJOS group, we understood what Flor was telling us about not forgiving about the forgotten ones, because the government did not wanted to take responsibility. I also felt very connected to the testimonies of Edwin, Elias, both mens, and Kevin. I also like hearing what the three alums, that we had dinner with, where doing in Guatemala. The discussion we had with the professor was good about forgiving. The mayan professor was also excellent for learning what the whole ceremony meant and symbolize.
My group and I thank all the speakers and groups that took time out of their life to talk to us. Also Jenny and Jonathan and the group leaders for coordinating all the events that went smoothly as they did. Also all the drivers that drove us around Guatemala. We appreciated the time and efforts that they put in the program, I really enjoyed it. An experience of a life-time, but hopefully not the last.
Now that we are back in school, part of my heart felts empty when I’m not close to the group. I still get butterflies every time I reread this blogs or get images of our experience at this great cities that we spend time together. I miss James repetition of instructions and laugh, Kiyan out of nowhere comments, Marlu picking fights with Jason, Tanya sense of humor, Jason humility while talking at the people, Gabe keeping us on task, Amy drawing people from testimonies, Enrique learning partner (“L. P.”) laugh and thoughts, and Cassie gentle smile and sunny personality.