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Friday, Lake Atitlan Pictures

Lake Atitlan.  It was a long ride to get there, but it was very pretty.

Lake Atitlan. It was a long ride to get there, but it was very pretty.

Part of the group at a different spot of Lake Atitlan.

Part of the group at a different spot of Lake Atitlan.

El Gigante riding the little Tuktuk.

El Gigante riding the little Tuktuk.

Part of the group decided to go zip lining.

Part of the group decided to go zip lining.

 

Nicole walking across the bridge (which could only hold six people at a time) up to the zip lines.

Nicole walking across the bridge (which could only hold six people at a time) up to the zip lines.

 

Sarah on the zip line.

Sarah on the zip line.

 

Elaine on the ropes course at the end of the zip line.

Elaine on the ropes course at the end of the zip line.

 

Some people went to the nature reserve by the zip line.  The nature reserve had monkeys and butterflies.

Some people went to the nature reserve (which is behind the picture) by the zip line. The nature reserve had monkeys and butterflies.

 

Instead of zip lining others took a more relaxing afternoon of shopping and a fancy lunch.

Instead of zip lining others took a more relaxing afternoon of shopping and a fancy lunch.

 

The place where we had our last dinner.  This restaurant served coffee from the As green as it gets farmers!

The place where we had our last dinner. This restaurant served coffee from the As green as it gets farmers!

 

Half of the group at our last dinner, including our wonderful host Jane!

Half of the group at our last dinner, including our wonderful host Jane!

 

Other half of the group at dinner.

Other half of the group at dinner.

 

The restaurant even had a live band.

The restaurant even had a live band.

And with that our time in Guatemala ended.  Thank you to everyone for all of the support! Love, ASB Guatemala!

 

 

Thursday, Construction of the School Pictures

Working hard building the parameter wall of the school.

Working hard building the parameter wall of the school.

Building the metal supports to go into the wall.

Building the metal supports to go into the wall.

 

Digging the trench where the wall will go.

Digging the trench where the wall will go.

 

Group shot of everyone VERY dirty after a long day of construction work.

Group shot of everyone VERY dirty after a long day of construction work.

 

Wednesday, Agricultural Hike and the Market Pictures

The Beginning of the hike.

The Beginning of the hike.

View from the volcano on the hike of the city we were walking to.  We walked from one city to another.

View from the volcano on the hike of the city we were walking to. We walked from one city to another.

This is the actually the Market we went to on Friday, but it is very similar to the one we went to on Wednesday.   Although the one on Wednesday also had a separate food market.

This is the actually the Market we went to on Friday, but it is very similar to the one we went to on Wednesday. Although the one on Wednesday also had a separate food market.

Jaime traded her shoes for a pair of Guatemalan shoes at the market.  I've never seen a trade like that before!

Jaime traded her shoes for a pair of Guatemalan shoes at the market. I’ve never seen a trade like that before!

We finished the day by riding home on the chicken bus.  The chicken bus was definitely an adventure.

We finished the day by riding home on the chicken bus. The chicken bus was definitely an adventure.

Tuesday, Pepian and Artisan Workshops Pictures

The first step of Pepian is using a live chicken, so the chicken's head is cut off and the chicken is gutted and cleaned.

Pepian starts with a live chicken, therefore the first step is killing the chicken. It was not as gross as I thought it would be.

This is the kitchen where the rest of the meal was prepared. A sauce was made by cutting up fresh vegetables, and rice was made.

This is the kitchen where the rest of the meal was prepared. A sauce was made by cutting up fresh vegetables, and rice was made.

 

We also tried making tortillas. It seemed that people who moved the dough in their hands the fastest and people who had the biggest hands were the best at making tortillas.

We also tried making tortillas. It seemed that people who moved the dough in their hands the fastest and people who had the biggest hands were the best at making tortillas.

 

The finished product.  It was so good.

The finished product. It was so good.

The wood working workshop.

The wood working workshop.

Finished wood working product.

Finished wood working product.

Elaine working on her Jade piece.

Elaine working on her Jade piece.

Working hard at the iron workshop.

Working hard at the iron workshop.

Closer to finished products in iron working with the Artisan who helped us and his two children.

Closer to finished products in iron working with the Artisan who helped us and his two children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, Making Coffee Pictures

Group shot in the coffee field after picking coffee beans (berries).  The field we picked from had already been picked many times so we didn't get too many berries, but Matt did help get the ones up high.

Group shot in the coffee field after picking coffee beans (berries). The field we picked from had already been picked many times so we didn’t get too many berries, but Matt did help get the ones up high.

Shelling the berries using a bicycle, the man in the picture is Miguel.  We picked from his field and he showed us the process and fed us lunch at his house.

Shelling the berries using a bicycle, the man in the picture is Miguel. We picked from his field and he showed us the process and fed us lunch at his house.

After the berries have dried over night another shell has to be removed.  As you can see some in this picture have been shelled a second time and some haven't.

After the berries have dried over night another shell has to be removed. As you can see some in this picture have been shelled a second time and some haven’t.

After the beans have been shelled twice they need to be sorted to get rid of any bad beans, because a few bad beans can spoil the whole batch of coffee.

After the beans have been shelled twice they need to be sorted to get rid of any bad beans, because a few bad beans can spoil the whole batch of coffee.

Haley stirring the coffee beans to roast them.

Haley stirring the coffee beans to roast them.

Medium roasted coffee beans.

Medium roasted coffee beans.

Miguel's wife grinding the coffee beans by hand.

Miguel’s wife grinding the coffee beans by hand.

Enjoying my first cup of coffee ever.

Enjoying my first cup of coffee ever.

 

The coffee fields are located on the volcanoes which are very dusty.  After hiking up to pick the coffee our feet got very dirty.

The coffee fields are located on the volcanoes which are very dusty. After hiking up to pick the coffee our feet got very dirty.

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