Here are my fellow Teachers here in Chiapas. In the middle is Jon’s host mom who got us all dressed up for the very special opportunity to dance as a parachica during the Feria (a month long festival in January) She has been so kind to us and inclusive of sorts of activities going on around here that we would otherwise how no idea about.

Here I am! I was a little apprehensive about marching around in the heat of the day (90 degrees F) with a wool blanket and a hat that would have been perfect for the freezing cold nights I spent in the desert. After a summer of teaching kids how to protect themselves from the heat of the desert………this felt absolutely crazy to me! But hey, I’m in Mexico and when am I ever going to have an opportunity like this again!

Here we are….can you tell which one I am? 🙂

And……..after a day of dancing dancing dancing in the hot sun….some were Tired!  But also, strangely VERY energized.  I had a spiritual moment.  THE whole Idea of this dance in the first place is to get energy from the sun,,,,,,my hands were tingling I had so much energy!

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