Today, I would like to give you a quick introduction to Asociación Lema and share my travel plans for the coming weeks with you. Lema is a cooperative of Tz’utujil women in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. The women produce beautiful handmade, eco-friendly, natural dye textiles. I am proud to become part of their efforts as a volunteer during January and February 2014 and hope to make meaningful contributions to their initiative.
I’m sure this is going to be such an exciting time and I’m very much looking forward to experience, and immerse into, yet another culture. San Juan La Laguna is a small village on the shore of Lago Atitlán and inhabited by 95% Tz’utujil, a Maya ethnic group. During my stay, I will live with a family in their traditional home. They will also cook for me six days a week – ohhh, so looking forward to their food. I’ve heard, there’s gonna be lots of avocados in my diet – this is going to be sooo good. Hope to be able to share some delicious traditional recipes with you very soon. I really cannot wait to go there. Not only because of the food, of course…
From all I have heard and seen, the lake with all its volcanoes and untouched nature will be an experience in itself. I am excited for a lot of cool hikes, early-morning Yoga sessions by the lake, Spanish classes, cooking courses and Salsa lessons (haha with my natural rhythm, this is going to be a challenge…)! What I am most eager about is immersing into the Guatemalan culture and learning from its people while at the same contributing to their well-being and helping them in their economic development. I hope, I can contribute as much to them, as I will learn from them.
And I hope you will accompany me on this journey as I will blog about my impressions and experiences.