During our service week in Panajachel(a post about that adventure is about to come!) we had an opportunity for a cultural event. As a whole group we ventured off down the streets of Panajachel and we went to a little restaurant called Jose Pinguino´s, a family run, interactive restaurant that entertains their guests by taking them on a journey through Mayan and Spanish culture.
When we arrived and took our seats, the evening started with four young ladies playing the Mirimba, an xylophone instrument that is significant to Spanish culture. Throughout the evening we were taken through Mayan history, and why tortillas are such an integral part of the Mayan diet. We got the opportunity to make our own tortillas, and the task is not for the faint of heart. Of course things are not that fun unless you make it a competition. So the challenge was who could make the perfect tortilla. Well it seems like Melodie and Travis have some Spanish/Mayan decent in their blood because these two succeeded.
The evening continued as we enjoyed our dinner, learning about Mayan languages, the significance of Mayan headdress and how to tune a Mirimba.
I find it is moments like these that make Outtatown really special. Not only are we able to travel to a new country and learn a new language but we get the opportunity to dive into a different culture and have our eyes open to God’s diverse creation. As this semester continues we will have more opportunities to experience the rich culture that Guatemala has, so keep following us, and join in the adventure.