Tercera dia, Antigua Guatemala, el 3 de noviembre, 2016
School is moving along really well. I am talking more and understanding even more every day. I'm only speaking in the present tense which is plenty for me. Again today, school flew by and before I knew it, it was lunch-
Not only did we have a delicious crepe/spinach/sauce dish, but we had el aguacate y la calabaza-
It was soooo good.
I also found a picture I took earlier in the week with the Merced and the huge rosary-
The school organizes afternoon activities and today was no exception. We visited a chocolate factory in San Juan del Obispo where we learned about the whole process from the pod-
Numerous flavours are available including cinnamon, rice, natural, chili, anise and coffee-
I bought some chili chocolate but it is sooo sweet I can barely eat it. It looks like a big brown cookie-
Outside the chocolate factory was a nispero tree-
They are a little smaller than an apricot and must be peeled. The fruit has the texture of a peach, sort of. It tasted like peach, citrus and mango. I liked it.
There is also a winery at San Juan del Obispo. They use a multitude of local fruit that all tasted really bad-
It reminded me of sneaking down to the cold room on the farm and tipping back Mom's crabapple wine - yuck! Sweet and nasty!
The bottles for the sampling -
were also rubby but the product for sale-
San Juan del Obispo is "famous" for having one of the first Catholic churches in Guatemala, thanks to the first bishop of Guatemala, Francisco Marroquin. The church dates from 1530-
Later, a few of us went for a drink on a terrace, overlooking the 3 volcanoes. Unfortunately it was raining but now here's a glass of wine-
Supper was more Guatemalan specialties- platanos fritos, chuchito- steamed mashed corn and a mild chile tomato sauce and of course frijoles-
I've read that one doesn't get skinny in Guate and I'm afraid that might be true! Time will tell!
Probably the best thing about today though was getting this photo-
I've made my next reservation for school in La Laguna San Pedro for the 19th of November. Who knows -maybe by then I'll be speaking in the past tense!