Monterrico & Co

In between two jobs. A couple of weeks time and not enough money to go travelling. First, we were treated by Daniel’s father to a couple of days of luxury in a fancy hotel in Monterrico on the Pacific coast. Then, Daniel fixed bicycles at Maya Pedal, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making pedal powered machines such as blenders, water pumps or corn grinders. For funding, Maya Pedal gets donated bicycles from the United States, fixes and sells them. After three weeks of getting greasy Daniel now knows (almost) every screw of a bike. Meanwhile, Margit ‘enjoyed’ life in the capital, i.e. working for uni, painting our friend’s house and as always trying to get the best shot in the streets. One weekend we visited Comalapa and the tyre school (see Long Way Home). Quite impressive what they’ve done in a year. By coincidence, that weekend Comalapa also celebrated one of its inhabitants, Rosalina Tuyuc, an indigenous woman who fights for indigenous rights. On this occasion we also caught a glimpse of Rigoberta Menchu and the famed Comalapa mandolin orchestra.

 

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