Hello dear reader! Whether you are a family member or friend we know you may be anxiously awaiting further news from us on our travels. I realize we neglected to remind you that our posts are dependent upon internet access and of course a moment to pause and write.
We are here in San Cristobal after a few hiccups along the way. All of our flights have gone smoothly; however, due to an unexpectedly long line in Immigration in the Mexico City airport, we missed the 4:35 connection to Tuxtla Gutiérrez which was the last flight of the day! We spent the next three hours waiting in the airport while Chris worked hard to get us on a Tuesday morning flight and made hotel arrangements for us in Mexico City.
Between 8:30 pm and 9:00 we were transported by van half the group at a time to the Grand Prix (do pronounce the “x”) Hotel. Happily, the hotel restaurant was still open and we were able to order a late dinner. We then headed for bed as we had another early rise so we could be at back to the airport at 4:30 am for our 6:30 flight to Tuxtla.
Teresa met us at the airport with vans and off we went to San Cristobal. It was a beautiful drive up into the hills. San Cristobal is at 1600 meters in elevation. We arrived at Hotel Jovel around 10:00 am and found a very gracious staff had a wonderful breakfast buffet waiting for us including pancakes and tamales.
We spent the afternoon orienting ourselves to the layout of San Cristobal, walking downtown to the plaza and zócalo (park) which is bordered by the Cathedral and Municipal building. We ate lunch (fajitas, cilantro soup, chicken mole), visited a coffee shop (wonderful coffee–I will go back!) and were guided to a reputable amber jewelry shop.
Many of us have refrained from any purchases today as we are exhausted! This trip so far for me has been wonderful and strange, yet a bit de-centering. There has been much rushing, much waiting, much walking, much sitting. The thing I most needed today was what we were able to do this evening as a group. At 6:30 pm we gathered in the dining room of the hotel with our votive candles all lit and sitting on a beautiful woven cloth on a table in the center. We were led by Mary and Laura in a moving and meaningful time of worship. We were led in word and song and silence, then offered up our concerns and joys of the moment. I was able to voice my own sense of feeling unconnected from myself. I know part of the purpose of this trip is to challenge my own sense of control, and I am open and willing for that experience. But I am feeling a need to pause, to breathe, to regain a sense of connection to myself and to my core. During our worship together I felt a sense of being drawn back in.
My heart is full of gratitude for this wonderful group of people on this trip! There has been an outpouring of care for one another, watching out for each other. I am grateful for Chris Smith who leads us so well.
Dear reader, I am tired! Tomorrow we will visit Universidad de la Tierra (University of the Earth) and SIPAZ (International Service for Peace). There is still so much to tell about today, but I must sign off for tonight. I know you are thinking about us and praying for us. Please do send us your comments! We look forward to hearing what you have to say.