Thursday, December 30, 2010

Panajachel & Chichicastenango

Sorry it's taken me this long to get a group shot up. Out for sushi in San Cristobal with the 7 of us: Martha, Danielle, Me, Steve, Jessica, Jun, and Olivia

Jun applying her face mask on the go

Chichicastenango Market

Kids fishing for wishes in the fountain.

Indian weavers on the sidewalk in Panajachel

"More chicken blood please"

We ate an Argentine steak house tonight. I got a large one.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

San Cristóbal de las Casas

I've been enjoying a few days in the beautiful city of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast. It's the perfect street beverage.

The first missionaries I've seen in Mexico. Elder Norman from Provo on the right. He said San Cristobal is the city everyone wants to get transferred to in his mission.

San Cristobal below from the vantage point of Templo de Guadalupe

Yes, I was an uninvited guest at the wedding inside. It was a beautiful ceremony and I even teared up a little when the bride was giving her vows.

Most of the colonial homes have huge doors that face the street, many with these old school locks.

An ill advised pass. Traffic was backed up for a mile.

Today's lunch. Pozole and tacos.

One of the hundreds of Indian ladies who walk the streets selling their wares. No, not those wares.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Getting Handsy at the Beach

Getting Handsy at the Beach

Final day in Playa Escondida. Took a stroll along the beach at dusk with Olivia--the only time I can venture out of the shadows and not get burned to a crisp. (dawn doesn't count because I'm in bed)

We passed this sculpture of hands coming out of the rocks.

Another angle

And further away

Fishing boats mingled with beach goers.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas on the Beach

Utah snow is more manageable when you take a break over the holidays. Christmas this year was spent on the beach in Playa Escondida.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Monte Albán y Noche de Rábanos

Natalie, a girl from the other tour group, and I went to see the Monte Albán ruins this morning. We really enjoyed these and I took a ton of pictures. Some of my better ones are below. Sorry if this is boring.

These flowering trees were all over the grounds and attracted enormous bumblebees.

These ruins are handi-capable. Emphasis on capable.

We were lucky enough to be in Oaxaca on Dec 23rd: Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) People display ornate sculptures in the main square made from radishes. It's one of their biggest festivals of the year. Again, I took LOADS of photos, but these are the best.

I spotted Master Chef Rick Bayless down for the festivities.

This lady's look intrigued me.