Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
After working hard and long throughout the week in my studies, I took some rest. On Thursday, my friends Brenda and Lucy and I went to the market. As we were wandering, I saw a small bag of popcorn. On Friday night after supper, we popped the corn on the stove. Neither Brenda nor Lucy had done this before. That alone made it very fun. I told them in Spanish how my dad used to pop corn with us kids on Thursday night. One kid would put in the butter. Another would add the salt. Another would add the popcorn. Another would put on the lid.....and then my dad would.....SHAKE THE STOVE! I think they got it! I have taught them how to play Crazy Eights and Rummy using Spanish and gestures. So we ate popcorn and played cards and I practiced conversational Spanish to celebrate one week of school finished.
I spent Saturday morning wandering the city. I definitely know it better than I did one week ago. I wandering in the marketplace. There are tiny booths, large stores, vendors on the street, children selling various items, covered booths, open booths, booths crammed next to one another under a large roof where the holes are patched with plastic bags. This man and young girl were playing music on the corner. The harp is made of wood and the strings of some kind of cord. The young girl is using the base of the instrument as a drum. I am convinced that you could find anything that you wanted in Antigua. The trick would be finding what you needed when you needed it, especially if it is not a common item or not an item that is commonly sold. I plan to return to the house to study for the afternoon and then walk down the street to mass at 6:00. I discovered that there are papers with the words of the mass in Spanish, so I will look for one this week. It will be a big help.
In this picture there are two young boys walking together in the marketplace selling things. I am guessing that the boys are brothers. What they sell will provide money for their family.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012