Buenas Dias Amigos!
We hope you all are having a wonderful day so far! Sunday was a day full of rest, fun, and adventure. For some of us it began by attending mass at the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. The beautiful church adds to the strong sense of community in the town of Chitre. After church, many of us participated in the San Juan Bautista Festival. The festival was a grand celebration; even Miss Chitre and the Mayor of Chitre made an appearance. Our surroundings truly became breath taking with many dressed in traditional clothing that displayed extravagant colors. These dresses were beautiful! Also, there were others, who were dressed in costumes that portrayed the spirits that San Juan protects against and drives away. Some of these individuals were on top of the several stunning floats depicting the true artistic nature of the people of Chitre. Everyone who attended was greeted by familiar and new faces that took pride in sharing their culture. We even ran into the owner of the farm, Milton, from yesterday’s activities who was glad to see us enjoying ourselves. Many of us were dancing and enjoying all the fun with friendly people of Chitre. Some people ran toward us, gleaming with happiness, while they asked us where we were from! Of course, we are recognized as foreigners, however we were still greeted with respect and smiles. While some of us were enjoying the parade and the festivities, others stayed at the hotel. At the hotel, we could work on homework, go swimming in the beautiful pool, as well as just relax and catch up on some sleep. It’s hard to believe that already over a week has gone by! Each day has been full of wonderful surprises and great learning opportunities. We look forward to the second half of our trip!
Alleyah Sealy & Catherine Hurtado
Photos taken by: Alleyah Sealy