Somehow our time in Guatemala has FLOWN by. Literally. I can't believe we are leaving in just a few days. 2 months down here was not enough. We didn't get to see a lot of what the Western Highlands of Guatemala have to offer. We did, however, make a quick trip out to Quetzaltenango (Xela) this past week to visit the LDS temple there. And it actually turned out to be the perfect day.
We caught the launch around 6:30 in the morning to go over to Pana, then caught a pickup truck heading to Solola, then another bus heading to Xela. Everyone told us that the bus would drop us off a few blocks away from the temple, but our bus dropped us off way far away, so we ended up taking a taxi to the temple. Our taxi driver was really nice, and we made it to the temple just in time for the session.
And of course, being in the temple was amazing. We really enjoyed this temple and we're really sad we didn't go there more.
After we finished at the temple, we thought we'd enjoy the US luxuries that Xela have to offer, which included a trip to Subway (which Caitlin has been craving ever since we left the states), ice cream, and a little Wal-Mart adventures.
Isn't it strange how going to Wal-Mart in the states seems like a chore, but going to Wal-Mart in another country gets exciting? We were just so thrilled by the little things we could buy that were nowhere to be found in Santiago. And although I'm totally opposed to Wal-Mart infiltrating other countries and globalization and all that junk, I was beyond thrilled to get a taste of home while in Xela.
After we finished shopping for a few things at Wal-Mart, we caught the bus back to Pana, and the very last launch of the day back home. It was quite the day, and everything worked out so perfectly. We wish were were going to be here a bit longer so we could go back and enjoy it all over again.