Along the way-
A roadside fruit stand with hanging peppers-
Chichicastenango is a large indigenous town on the crests of mountaintops-
at an altitude of 1,965 m (6,447 ft). 98.5% of the population is indigenous Mayan K'iche. 92% speak the K'iche language, and 71% are bilingual. Most people I ran into today spoke Spanish and a lot of English, at least enough to get some of my money!
Goods are sold out of the backs of trucks along streets-
The market itself is a labyrinth of narrow, crowded streets-
There are blankets, back packs, purses, wall hangings, tote bags, quilts... You name it, it's here, and all in bright colors-
All kinds of little shops are in the nooks and crannies of the market-
Other things for sale include ice cream-
The steps to the church are covered with gorgeous flowers-
The women dress traditionally-
The store fronts are so interesting. I had a beer here-
The postal system is closed! Apparently, the CANADIAN company that was running the system didn't get their contract renewed, so they just closed down - all post offices! However, their contract stated they had to continue services for 3 months, so they're doing it but there is only one office in Guatemala City that receives any mail: for the whole country! Can you believe that?
Sunday meals aren't provided because it's our family's day off. Back in Antigua, on my way to supper, I came across another procession at the Merced Church. There is always something going on there! There were red streamers, incense and a large orchestra playing while the procession slowly shuffled along-
Supper was at Frida's, recommended in my travel book and I was very impressed-
Back to school tomorrow - already it's my last week in Antigua!