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The entrance to the market on our way to the garden.
6.23 2:30 pm
We had another good night. After supper some of the group saw a bunch of kids, dressed all in white running down the road led by a torch barrer. Later, during our evening reflection, fireworks filled the sky. This morning I found out that this was to honor the anniversary of one of the schools in town. Father John said that the Guatemalans celebrate every anniversary they can.
This morning we went to the farm or garden and filled little plastic bags with dirt. The dirt is really dark and soft. The bags of dirt are then placed in rows and planted with coffee. These plants take about 4 years, if I understood Leonardo correctly, to produce beans for harvest. It was fun work and we sat on logs and talked and sang the morning away.
We left the farm around 11 and walked through the large market. A multi stree farmers market. The vendors come from the outlining communities and take over the roads and fill them. Vegetables mostly but also meat and some clothes. We split into three groups and had as a task to figure out what it would cost to feed a family for a day. We all came up with the same number of about 10 Quetzals per person per day. One dollar is about 7 Quetzals so about $1.50.
This seems pretty cheap but for the daily wage. If other people I have talked to know what they are talking about then the daily wage for a laborer is about 40 Quetzels. So for family of 4 10 Qutezels per person per day is a lot of money. Of course, I am not sure what the Guatemalans eat in their own homes and whether they would eat as many fresh vegateables as we priced. I believe they eat mainly torillas and beans-which would be less expensive.
This might be part explanation of their size. There are some exceedingly short Guatemalans. No one is particularly tall but some are very very short. I think some of our group got some pictures and we will post these.
The gang is now back at the garden weeding. I have to stay close to the bathroom this afternoon. Hopefully, this will pass but we shall see.