What I notice most about women in rural Guatemala is that they seem to be always carrying heavy things. From a young age the girls are trained: girls as young as eight carry their younger siblings on their backs, girls haul firewood with forehead straps, girls help their mothers to cart merchandise to market and set it up. Men, when they are working, also carry preposterously heavy loads: men in the marketplace sometimes carry up to three huge crates of fruit, which tower over their heads. People in the villages are the beasts of burden, as we did not see any donkeys or horses sharing the load.
Welcome to our family blog!
We began in September 2010 by traveling a portion of the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that leads to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago, Galicia, in the northwestern corner of Spain. The name of our blog is inspired by the camino, and we'll have many stories (cuentos) to tell! We spent 2010-2011 on an intentional international journey, living and working in Spanish-speaking countries. Since then, we are immersed back in our lives at home but will report on occasional openings and discoveries. Please join us!