|Darcy and I overlooking Lake Atitlan, which borders Panajachel|
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering all over Pana with Andrea. Over a delicious lunch of pupusas (a traditional Salvadoran dish made of corn tortillas, stuffed with meat, cheese, beans or other ingredients), Andrea told us about life in Pana and in Guatemala in general, and about her background and how she got involved with OB. We stopped by the OB office, where we met the community facilitators and checked out the Fair Trade store, and had a quick tour of the Life School, an amazing bilingual school that Andrea’s husband is the director of. Andrea pointed out some great restaurants for us to try and showed us the two international markets in town, where we can buy everything from milk, cheese and cereals to local specialties and herbal remedies, and told us about the larger marketplace, where we will be buying most of our food with the $50/week allowance Nest is providing us. Andrea explained that we can in fact eat many fruits and vegetables here, as long as we wash them carefully with a special solution and bottled water. I’m excited both to try some of the great restaurants in town that Andrea pointed out as well as to practice my Spanish at the local markets and take advantage of the kitchen in our little house. Then, Andrea took us down to see Lake Atitlan up close– absolutely breathtaking - and pointed out where some of the Mayan communities that work with OB are located.