Hello again! Friday some of us headed back to the ruins for an opportunity to explore without rain and we had an amazing time. In addition to the more obvious and famous structures, we enjoyed the enormous trees (PHOTO 1) and the sometimes fierce and sometimes hilarious stone images (PHOTO 2 - jaguar). We specially loved the area called 'el cementerio' with it's tranquility and surrounding jungle (PHOTO 3).
Friday afternoon was our last day of class. A few of us took our teachers out for a treat (PHOTO 4) and many of us had a difficult time saying goodbye.
Friday night there was a Guatemalan circus in town. There was also a evangelist rally which provided us with a spectacular fireworks show while we waited. We paid 30 lempira for our tickets and later learned that an extra 10 lemps (50 cents) would have bought us plastic lawn chairs instead of precarious 2 x 6 boards to sit on. The show included a macho knife thrower in tights with matching do-rag and his assistant who moved out of the way very well, female impersonators, 2 trained poodles in bad need of grooming, and a very overweight contortionist (she was really amazing). She showed up later in the show with 2 friends for a dance that you had to see to believe. We enjoyed some high ring and spinning ladder routines (PHOTO 5) and loved the handsome young man lipsyncing to a romantic song but having to race around the tent, climbing into the bleachers and up poles to stay in the beam of the spotlight. The final act was a snake with the girth of a basketball that crawled slowly across the ground before all the lights went out - SCREAMS FROM THE CROWD! When the lights went back on the snake was safely on the shoulders of the trainer. Happy trails!