FEBRUARY 1st. Back to San Juan Ostuncalco with the group from school.
Before we left on the school fieldtrip to San Juan Ostuncalco festivities for some virgin or other, Magaly asked us to light a candle in the church in SJO. "Sure" we said as we watched Magaly rub the candle on her son while saying a prayer. We put the candle in a pocket and made our way to the van. Every morning, Magaly and or Bonifacio stand in front of the little shrine in their living room with their son and touch him on head and sign of cross on his body, front and back, before he goes to school to keep him safe.
The last time we were in SJ Ostuncalco Dave was sicker than a dog. This time the occasion is a 'fair' and the plaza in front of the church has 3 musical groups and 2 dance groups all going at the same time when we arrive. One dance group was the traditional folkloric masked dancers and second group looked more like long hair Vikings from outer space. We watched each of the dance performances for a bit amidst the cacophony of musical noise. A girl from our group pointed to the back of Michelle's shirt, it had been smeared with black paint!! We found the public bathroom where they had a wash basin and even detergent which helped get the worst of the paint off.
Then we strolled the market where we sampled wonderful foods (covered bananas dipped in nuts, fruit liquados (shakes) little fresh waffles or cookies) with Jared from Utah and Lesley from Washington. Those two have a long distance relationship and are taking the Spanish course together. Lesley’s dad Terry, a neat guy from Washington is here mainly to get major dental work done. He is also taking Spanish classes. Back home he has a farm and consequently has the luxury to take off during the winter season.
We regrouped to head back home after two hours. Terry was missing in action! Then he showed up with a kid in tow and a tray of ice cream. Terry was proud of himself and happy he could treat the whole gang to ice cream for under two dollars......