We had a really fun day today. Everyone in the house woke up in time to be on the road by 6am…I didn’t even have to wake up Abigail! Some of us (Candy, Chloe, Canaan, Celah, Abigail, and I) went to the capital to pick up The Boldings (the dentist and his family) from the airport and the rest of the group headed on to Solola, where they toured a farm where GC Works gets a lot of their inspiration for sustainable living that they share with the communities here. It would’ve been really neat to also go and learn about that, but I didn’t want to put Abigail through 10 or more hours on the road plus several hours on her feet trying to get her to pay attention to things she doesn’t really understand yet.
The flight The Boldings were on didn’t get in until around 11:15 this morning, and we got to the capital around 8:30 or 9 so we got to hang out in the mall for a while!
Now, this mall is big people. I’m not sure how big exactly because I was sleep deprived when we were there and I’m not totally sure we saw the whole thing…but it. is. big. Bigger than Jordan Creek, for you Des Moines people reading this. The downside to it being so big with so many stores is that it is very expensive because around these parts…If it’s a really nice house or mall or building…it was probably funded by drug dealers. So, there’s a big downside, but we couldn’t afford anything in the mall anyway! In some stores, a nice scarf is 800-some quetzales which is equivalent to about $100! I did find a little kiddie store with Disney t shirts that were actually reasonably priced, but we didn’t come to Guate to buy Disney shirts at a mall. 🙂
Anyway, we started at Cafe Barista, which, I’m telling you, is better than Starbucks. I know some of you are Starbucks lovers out there, but wow. This place was incredible. The Siklosis really like their elephant chai tea. (They have elephant, tiger, and turtle.) I got a bianca mocca frappe’ — white mocha frappuccino with a slice of pound cake de zanahorilla — carrot pound cake — that had THE best cream cheese frosting I have ever had. Seriously.
So we sat at Cafe Barista for a while until the stores opened at 10 and then wandered around and went into a couple of stores along the way. Before we left we stopped at the Bubble Tea stand. I am having so many firsts here in Guatemala that I thought I would be having in the States with my brother and sister-in-law. 🙂 At least now we know that at any point in time I can enjoy a french dip sandwich and some bubble tea with them anytime. I wasn’t going to try a bubble tea today I was apprehensive about the tapioca balls that are the “bubbles” in the bottoms, but I will try most things once so I thought I would give it a shot! The owner then told us they were out of tapioca balls because of some issues with getting them shipped to her, I think, but she did have these little gummy strips that she said were made from the meat of coconuts. I ended up ordering a mint lemonade with those little gummy coconut thingies as the “bubbles” and it was really pretty good! It was so many sensations all at once…When you first taste it, it’s straight sour lemon, but then you swallow and taste the mint but all the while are chewing the oddly sweet and flavorful coconut strips.
I will be having bubble tea again…hopefully in it’s original form with the tapioca balls…and hopefully with my brother. 🙂
After the mall we continued on to the airport, where Abigail said “look at all the green grows!” — gringos — that were exiting the airport, and successfully received The Boldings and all their belongings then headed towards Monjas. We stopped at Wal Mart to get some food for the week where you can choose and bag breads like you would fruits and veggies, and where eggs are not and do not have to be refrigerated! Apparently fresh eggs have a foam around them, and if you don’t clean that off, you don’t have to refrigerate them. Interesting, right?
Oh, and yes. The Boldings and their 3 children are also staying in the house with us so for this week we are an extra full house of 18! The more the merrier, rigiht? 🙂
We are looking forward to a really great week serving alongside Dr. Bolding and his wife while serving the communities around us.
By the end of this week I may have some really interesting teeth pulling stories! Who knows!
Oh! And a big shout out to my sweet niece Ellie Jo on her 3rd birthday!!!!!!