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We made it to the top of Volcan de Pacaya!

Hey there! Last week was our 3rd week in Antigua. I think both of our brains are fried with Spanish. And I think we are ready to go back to eating “normal” food. We have had a blast here in Antigua learning Spanish and exploring the city. Last week we spent a lot of time in coffee shops working on homework in the afternoons. We really only went exploring Monday and then we had a pretty exciting adventure weekend this weekend. Monday we went to look through the San Francisco Church. Inside the church there is a shrine for St. Hermano Pedro. St. Hermano Pedro was known for helping others and his grave is visited daily.

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This fella carried me up the Volcano!

Saturday, we climbed Volcan de Pacaya. This hike took about an hour and a half. Maybe 30 minutes into the hike, I had some kind of asthma attack or something where I couldn’t breathe and thankfully there was a horse that could carry me the rest of the way up. I felt like a whimp, but I’m blaming it on the elevation. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I am very out of shape. (Seth and I are joining a gym when we get back to El Paso.) Surprisingly, it was freezing at the top and the wind was blowing like crazy. We got to go down into a dip, at the base of the volcano and we roasted marshmallows on the cooling lava. It was quite the experience. Only problem was we had to climb back up. That took us a little while. Again, it was because of the elevation. Going back down the volcano was a lot easier than hiking up. I didn’t need a horse for that.

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Roasting Marshmallows

Yesterday, Sunday, we went to the Finca Filadelfia. The Finca Filadelfia is a huge plantation that has a nice restaurant, coffee tours, horse back riding, and best of all….zip lining! Seth and I ate at the restaurant for lunch and then went zip lining for the rest of the afternoon. We had so much fun! At first, I was a little scared, but was ready for the thrill anyway. All I could think about was that I was having to trust in ropes and carabiners to hold my weight, and if one thing went wrong I would plummet to my death, falling for who knows how long from 600+ feet in the air. BUT after a few times, I got the hang of it and really enjoyed it! I’m always up for a thrill, no matter how scary it may be.

Zip Lining 600+ feet in the air

Zip Lining 600+ feet in the air

We started our last week of language school today. The past tense is really hard. Learning Spanish is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I know it’s going to take more than just a month, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity and I know that this gives us a base to work from. We definitely feel like Spanish school has helped. We are so ready to get back home to practice and use it. One more week!

Seth has a training build in San Raimundo next week to learn how to build the Guatemala home. Keep him in your prayers as he finishes up language school and prepares to build. Thank you all again for all your support!