In July I traveled with 17 people from First United Methodist Church of Seattle (where I work) to work with Project Salud y Paz, a medical and dental mission in Guatemala.
It always takes awhile after returning from a trip to sort through your experience—and alllll the photos you snapped along the way (if you’re a “shutterbug” like me). As I contemplate my time in Guatemala, converse with others that joined me on the trip, and look through photos and videos that I took and my teammates have shared, I’ve slowly been working on sharing a few of my own photos and memories from Guatemala here on the blog.
We spent a week in the city of Chichicastenango, traveling from there each morning to Project Salud y Paz in Camanchaj. Chichi is a vibrant and colorful Mayan town in the mountains. The famous Chichi market is one of the biggest markets in Guatemala and was my favorite part of our touring.
Sunday and Thursday are the market days, and we first visited on Sunday, which was very busy and brimming with tourists. Since we were in the city all week we got to see quieter non-market days in Chichi, which I loved. We also got to see the set-up for the Thursday market on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning—that was a lot of fun to watch.
The group that I explored the market with on Sunday wandered into some less-touristy areas where locals buy shoes, electronics, food, and everything else you can imagine. To me that was the most interesting part.