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05 February 2010
Photo Friday: friendly schoolkids in Barrio El Calvario

the girls were the first brave ones (claro!)
the girls were the first brave ones (claro!)

My original impetus for hopping a chickenbus and taking a daytrip from Xela to San Andres Xecul was to check out the technicolor church in the main square. And the church facade is pretty cool, with a riotous display of carvings in primary colors depicting scenes from the Mayan holy book the PopolVuh. But the real treat was farther up the hill, where I encountered a group of school kids in an area called Barrio El Calvario.

Barrio El Calvario schoolkids
Barrio El Calvario schoolkids

I had to huff and puff a bit to get up the steep hill, but was rewarded by stunning views of the valley and highlands. Meanwhile a group of kids seemed to be having gym class behind me. They were a little shy at first, but soon came over to check out my pen collection as I wrote in my travel journal. And then, gradually, everyone wanted to get their picture taken! First the girls, then the group, in various configurations.

gym class
gym class

I also got the chance to admire a creepy Mayan shrine dug into the hillside just beyond the gym class area. These are fairly common in Guatemala, although this one had the added bonus of wild turkeys running through it. You'll notice I got much closer to photograph the children than I did to the turkey.

creepy Mayan shrine with... turkey...??
creepy Mayan shrine with... turkey...??

These photos are from my 2007 Central American trip through Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. For more fabulous travel photos, check out DeliciousBaby's Photo Friday!


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* all San Andres Xecul pics
* all Guatemala pics
* original story: Making friends in San Andres Xecul


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Re: Photo Friday: friendly schoolkids in Barrio El Calvario
what fun photos - love the colors (and the turkey!)
Posted by jessiev on February 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Re: Photo Friday: friendly schoolkids in Barrio El Calvario
Thanks for your enthusiastic comments, Jessie! Glad you're enjoying these pics.
Posted by sonia on February 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

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