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We found out about Abuelo Rigoberto during one of our internet research sessions. We call him Abuelo, which means “Grandfather”, because it is a term of respect, a way for us to show reverence… for the “wise men” of every culture.
After connecting with Abuelo via several emails, we finally confirmed arrangements to visit him, his family, his culture…in search of blessings for this seemingly difficult journey through la tierra de ABYA YALA (land of the Americas):
Abuelo and his family offered us hospitality with shared meals…
and he even called up his friends to see if any of them can offer us a bed:
The next morning at 6AM, we went with Abuelo to the “altars”, and began our very first Mayan ceremony:
We’d be honest on this one – no, we’ve not been able to integrate everything we’ve experienced (from the risky chicken bus rides to the connections with Abuelo, to our inabilities to comprehend Abuelo’s answers to some of our questions, down to the moment we were about to leave and were asked for money by Abuelo’s friend…yes we know, long story) on this trip to Momos to be able to write an insightful and reflective entry.
So between now and the ah-ha moment when we’ve fully comprehended why the trip happened, we leave you with a photo of The Mayan Ceremonial Fire – the fire through which we sought our blessings. Meanwhile, the video of our experiences in Momostenango will be coming (soon-ish)…