I left the hotel this morning to head to Chichicastenango for the Sunday mercado. It was a lot of fun wheeling and dealing, although I feel like I always get ripped off - but at least I bargain where most people (gringos) just pay the named price. I also got to see a couple of churches and a really cool cemetary that was so colorful. All the headstones and houses were of different bright and pastel colors. We arrived at 9:30am and left at 2pm, so I had a full day to spend money on crappy little gifts, (por la sobrinos,) and get sun burned. There was a beautiful posada called Santa Tomas that had this gorgeous courtyard filled with all kinds of birds, (I cant tell the difference between a parrot and a macaw, so I will just call them colorful birds!) It was a lively place with a buffet, gift shop, bar and of course the courtyard with a band playing soothing Guatemalan music.
On this trip, I met a nice girl Elena from España. She is traveling around Central America until Christmas. She is heading to Honduras while I am heading to El Salvador. We exchanged email addresses and we are hoping to meet up in Nicaragua or Costa Rica. I also met two women and their young (10 and 5,) daughters from Southern Oregon. I though it was so cool that they were traveling here with their daughters - the little girl is actually from Guatemala and was adopted when she was 9 months old. Her mother said it was strange for Isabella to see kids that looked just like her - the Mayan kids at the market kept trying to talk to her and play with her.