Pulpology: Mark & Sonia's Intercontinental Absurdities!

<< November, 2020 >>
Recent Entries
Recent Comments
Re: Wanderfood Wednesday: Epicurean despot (by mark at 5/09 2:16 PM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by sonia at 1/03 11:20 AM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by krakestraw at 12/21 2:30 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by lacyemartini at 11/05 3:01 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by mark at 11/05 12:01 PM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by sonia at 7/18 11:27 AM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by cbheller at 7/18 11:23 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by sonia at 5/11 8:30 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by mark at 5/10 11:40 AM)
Re: Sugarloaf smooches (by wanderinglaura at 4/25 11:24 AM)
Ambergris (4) RSS
Atitlan (2) RSS
Beijing (1) RSS
Beirut (1) RSS
Celebrate Joan (11) RSS
Dead Sea (3) RSS
Florence (4) RSS
Guangzhou (1) RSS
Hong Kong (1) RSS
La Fortuna (6) RSS
Malaysia (18) RSS
Petra (5) RSS
San Ignacio (5) RSS
San Jose (2) RSS
Semporna (2) RSS
tours (13) RSS
Vancouver (7) RSS
Alajuela (3) RSS
Amman (2) RSS
Anghiari (2) RSS
Antigua (1) RSS
Arraial do Cabo (3) RSS
Aruba (5) RSS
Assisi (3) RSS
Bangkok (11) RSS
Belize (12) RSS
Borneo (7) RSS
Brazil (19) RSS
Burning Man (28) RSS
Cali 2012 (1) RSS
Cali/Oregon (10) RSS
Caulker (3) RSS
Chicago (4) RSS
Chichicastenango (3) RSS
China (1) RSS
Coban (3) RSS
Colombia (1) RSS
Costa Rica (28) RSS
CouchSurfing (12) RSS
DC (106) RSS
farewells (2) RSS
festivals (46) RSS
Finger Lakes (2) RSS
Frontone (3) RSS
garden (17) RSS
Guatemala (27) RSS
Guatemala City (1) RSS
guest post (8) RSS
Honduras (5) RSS
Italy (33) RSS
Jersey shore (2) RSS
Jordan (8) RSS
Kinabatangan (3) RSS
Kuala Lumpur (2) RSS
Kuching (1) RSS
Le Marche (19) RSS
Lebanon (1) RSS
Livingston (4) RSS
London (3) RSS
Manuel Antonio (2) RSS
Meet Plan Go (17) RSS
Middleburg (1) RSS
Monteverde (6) RSS
Mozambique (13) RSS
Nebaj (2) RSS
Orange Walk (1) RSS
Paris (1) RSS
Penang (5) RSS
Perugia (2) RSS
Philadelphia (1) RSS
Photo Friday (78) RSS
Piobbico (2) RSS
Puerto Viejo (4) RSS
recs (41) RSS
Rio (14) RSS
Rome (1) RSS
San Diego (7) RSS
San Marino (1) RSS
Singapore (6) RSS
Tamarindo (4) RSS
TBEX10 (3) RSS
TBEX11 (4) RSS
Thailand (18) RSS
Tikal (4) RSS
Tortuguero (6) RSS
transport (39) RSS
Treviso (2) RSS
VA Beach (1) RSS
Venice (5) RSS
WanderFood (34) RSS
Williamsburg (1) RSS
Xela (7) RSS
Search Blog


08 August 2007
Making friends in San Andrés Xecúl
Have pens, will travel

Decided to go a tad off the beaten path today and take a chickenbus to San Andres Xecul, a small mountain town with a famous technicolor church. I could have taken another tourist shuttle, but getting there on my own turned out to be so much more rewarding. First, I had to grab a microbus (something like a cross between a minivan and a clown car, where they pack in as many people as possible and a small boy leans out the side window yelling the destination in the hopes of attracting *more* people) to the main bus terminal. In order to get to the bus departure area, I had to walk through the local market, which was absolutely fascinating. Little old ladies selling chickens and pigs, stands with enormous stacks of fruits and veggies, piles of clothing and batteries and superglue and pirated CDs and probably much more I didn't even get to see. Reminded me a lot of the market we went to in the Philippines, where the locals gawked at the strangers and offered us bizarre fruits and other unmentionables. Also as in the Philippines, here again I was about a foot taller than everyone else, which is pretty funny since I'm only about 5'5". And I was seemingly the only gringo around, so I got lots of stares. Kickass.

church facade detailsI got to San Andres Xecul and found the brightly-colored church pretty easily. It's bright yellow and is covered with red, purple, and green carvings depicting everything from the harvest to scenes from the Popol Vuh, the Mayan bible. Inside it was dark and dusty and somewhat creepy, with dressed-up saints in glass cases and intricate ironwork on the altar. And it was quite possibly the loudest church I've ever been in! Besides the noise bouncing in from the plaza -- everything from screaming children to honking chickenbuses -- the supplicants inside were praying loudly and sometimes even singing. Definitely not like the quiet and somber Catholic churches I'm used to!

schoolkids in Barrio El CalvarioI headed up a precipitous hill to another brightly-colored place of worship, the Calvario chapel. The chapel itself was not much to see, but the view from the top of the hill was absolutely stunning. And a bunch of schoolkids were having what looked like gym class next door, skipping rope and having races. I watched them for a while, and they shyly avoided having their pictures taken. (Wow, that's a first! Kids love digital cameras!) Until I pulled out my journal (and special colored pens, of course) and started writing. Then they swarmed me and insisted on knowing what I was writing about, where I was from, did I have any kids, what were the names of my brothers and sister, etc etc. And when I showed them the pens I was writing with, they grabbed every last one and ran off! Hey, I need those! I know everyone worldwide has a fascination with my special pens, but they also serve a purpose! I managed to get one back (my favorite lime green one) and figured the rest had gone to a good home.

my bunkmate JoanneBack at the hostel, I had an interesting conversation with my bunkmate, an American college student named Joanne who is doing an audiovideo project with the local tribes around Xela. Cool! More Xelapan for dinner, and I was happy to make it an early night. The evenings get really cold around here, which is something of a nice change, but it makes it hard to rally for any nighttime activities.

Posted by soniaz at 12:00 AM | Link | 0 comments
Subscription Options

You are not logged in, so your subscription status for this entry is unknown. You can login or register here.

No comments found.

Post a comment (login required)