Monday, June 22, 2009

Meeting and Museum Madness!

Our first day in Guatemala city was exhausting!!
Stop 1: Museo de Ferrocarril's exhibit, "Porque estamos como estamos," or Why We Are How We Are. It was a look at discrimination and inequality in Guatemala, and it was a great exhibit. Readers, you are about to get a brief lesson on the people of Guatemala. First of all, you have the indigenSous Mayan groups, which compose 50-60% of the population. There are 22 different groups, with completely different languages, as well as varying dress, culture, history, etc. Then there are the ladinos, or descendents of the Spanish when they invaded in the 1500s. Basically, the Mayan groups speak their own languages, yet are taught in schools in Spanish. So, that is one of the problems with the education system in Guatemala. Anyway that is a LONG post, and things are getting a bit busy at the moment-SO-I'll leave it at that, for now!

2 comments:

The Lindahl News said...

Don't apologize for educating your loyal readers...I learned something from this post.

Will check in again soon.

Linnea said...

Well this was a very informative trip so there's plenty more where that came from! And 2 more days of wireless internet for me to try to catch up from...