By Colin Mulherin
We started the day off with a long drive through the mountainous roads in Guatemala, we left Estabans house and after a few short hours we reached an ancient ruin site filled with Mayas weaving and cooking, we explored around the ruins which once stood as large temples to the Mayan gods. Suddenly we all met back up and went through a pathway in the forest, the pathway felt like it led to a whole other culture center where we saw Mayas giving offerings to an active temple, and keeping a bonfire constantly lit. Afterwords we drove a few more hours up and down the Guatemalan countryside to a house on Lake Atticlon.
The whole day really made me think about the diverse sets of cultures in Guatemala, we went from the urban life in Guatemala City, drove through the countryside and saw small towns, ancient traditions, and to top it off a town at the base of several volcanoes next to a lake. This day really made me consider the different lifestyles and cultures all packed into Guatemala, and how the quality of life between these places differed for better or for worse.