Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday walk to the river and procession

Today was the last day of work for the team. We had many people rushing in at the last minute with fecal exams or wanting to get teeth pulled. Dr. Ben had to stop seeing patients when he ran out of gloves! We learned that Dr. Ben's fame has spread and that people were eager to come to him because it "didn't hurt at all" according to the other patients. 

Dr. Ben pulling a tooth from Marcelina - the woman who makes our lunches
The team stopped work early and was able to take a walk around the village. After that some of the children took them on a walk to see the river. The kids love showing off the Ixtacapa river and it is a very scenic walk so the team enjoys it as well. Unfortunately Daniela, our newest intern, came back a little more wet than she had planned. I'm still not sure exactly how that happened.

After that we went out to dinner at Sergio's restaurant. The food was really yummy and everyone especially liked the fried plantains and yucca. After the procession we headed to downtown San Antonio to see the procession. Each Friday during lent their is a procession that leaves from one of the small catholic churches and makes its way through the streets of San Antonio to the main church in central park. There were lots of people dressed up with masks and costumes. We even got to see a "rug" made out of sawdust that the procession later walked over.

the "rug"

Tomorrow we head to Antigua to take in the sights!

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