Saturday, July 30, 2016

Morning runs in Antigua...

The reward.


A few images from our wanderings around this beautiful city.

Chicken busses!

Chicken busses are an important feature of la vida Guatemalteco. They are a cheap and ubiquitous public transport option. And they are beautiful!

There are repurposed public school buses from the United States. As you can see here...
(Although I don't know where Spotsylvania is). 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Santa Domingo treasure hunt, part one

1. Find an angel with a sword. What foot is placed forward?

The right foot.

2. Find an ancient skeleton. How many teeth does it have?

Six teeth. Seis dentes. 

3. Find a place where gravestones were looted take a picture of a gravestone that remains.

One of the two remaining.

4. Take a picture of an underground staircase. How many stairs are there, en español?

Quince (15). 

5. Find a place where old bones are piled up. Pick one bone. What body part do you think it is?

Hip bone. 

6. In the glass museum, find a Mayan alligator. What color is the new alligator made of glass from Europe?

Orange. But there are many new glass alligators. 

7. Find a serpent made of glass with a jewel in its mouth. Do you think it's a diamond?

No. We don't think it is a natural diamond, we think it is a man-made carbon crystal, or cubic zirconium. 

8. Look at the Mayan art in the glass museum. What kind of facial jewelry did they seem to like?


9. Find a place with a ton of bells. How many are there, en español?
Viente (20)

10. Go to the colonial museum. Find to bleeding Jesuses. What is behind one of them?

Bones in the wall!

Santa Domingo treasure hunt, part two

Treasure hunt for Liam and mommy
(Apologies on picture quality--we hadn't planned on publishing these)

Please collect the location or a photo of each of the following. (Photos are preferred)

1. An ancient Mayan bowl big enough to fit Beedo in. 
(Not the one they had in mind)

2. A red and gold piano.

3. A big old bell you could ring but shouldn't!

4. A Mayan painting of people with bleeding fingers.
(Again, not what they had in mind--we were having so much fun making questions and hunting that we didn't make it to ether Mayan archeology room until after the hunt).

5. A spiral staircase you can walk on.

6. an old kitchen, equipped with bowls and utensils and even fake fruit.

7. A picture of your self standing directly over a human skull.

8. A glass cobra with a giant crystal in its mouth.

9. A pile of bones you could reach out and grab, but shouldn't!

10. A giant sculpture of the head of Francisco Marroquin. 
The treasure hunt approach made for super fun exploring with the kids in the amazing Casa Santa Domingo museums.