Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Guatemala's Independence Day 2012

Saturday was Independence Day in Guatemala.  Each town has parades so on Saturday morning we decided to walk into town to watch ours.  We had been hearing the bands practice for weeks, and Cruz was pretty excited about getting to see the drums.  It was a very warm day!  We put on sunscreen, grabbed our hats, sunglasses, snacks, and bottled water, and set out walking.
This is just around the curve from where we live.  We live up the mountain so to get into town you walk straight down the hill.  The hard part is walking back up.  It doesn't look very steep from this picture but it is.

Don't they look happy, haha  Did I mention it was hot that day???
We went straight to the central park and waited for the parade to begin. 

Here are a few photos I took- 

these girls are wearing typical Chorti dresses

Cruz loved seeing and hearing the drums.

When the parade was over we let Cruz run around the park a little while.  He liked getting up on the stage.  

He met a little girl and she gave him this flag.  He looks so cute waving it.

We decided to take a tuk tuk home.  Cruz had not ridden one in a while and Ben had never been in one. 
Ben's first time in a tuk tuk. 
You can really see his crazy hair in this photo.  It is falling out all over except for one strip on the top of his head and one strip on the back of his head/ neck.  He looks like he has a mohawk, haha.  David is itching to cut his hair, but I am holding out. 

We did not get a minute down the road and it ran out of gas.  Luckily another driver came along and shared some gas with us.  He had a 20 ounce Coke bottle full that he gave our driver.  We were back up and running in no time.  

A beautiful mountain view shot I took on our ride home.  We love the views where we live!

We came home and spent the rest of the day relaxing, and then grilled some hamburgers for supper. 

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