All Saints Day 2008

Ok, so we totally didn`t do what we were going to. First of all . . . this is how the family photos turned out:

I think we cover the skin tone spectrum quite nicely, don`t you?

We headed to the cemetery and the boys got really excited, even though they didn`t know why. Not that you`d know if from this shot of Dorian`s face . . .

They took off ahead, though.

Just inside the entrance to the cemetery,there is a woman who sells bags of peanuts in the shell. The boys, Dorian in particular, NEEDED to have peanuts. Here they are waiting for their bags. (no, Dorian doesn`t have rabbit ears, that`s a leaf on the wall behind him.

The cemetery didn`t disappoint. It`s a pretty small one, but still was beautifully decorated. We went early in the day, so not many people were there. By night, it will be packed and there will be candles and small bonfires lighting it up as people enjoy drinking and eating around their deceased loved ones.

This is where Irving`s grandparents and his aunt and uncle are entombed.

After the visit, we went out and had food on this little dirt road that runs in front of the cemetery.

The boys had Pepsi, a special treat, and Irving and I had the national beer, Gallo. We all shared tortillas with longanizas, a type of sausage.

Here`s a sign on the outside of the cemetery entrance. It warns those decorating the cemetery not to put water in the flower vases, as it could attract mosquitoes that carry dengue. It shows the life cycle of the dengue mosquito and says at the end that dengue can cause death, with a picture of a casket being lowered into the ground. Nice, huh?

Here`s a lottery table. They sell teensy rolled up strips of paper for one quetzal, about 13 cents. You can win one of the items on the table, rice, pasta, oil, etc. or an animal. Dante was fascinated with the chickens waiting to be drawn.

Slushies, Guatemalan style! This woman has a big block of ice in the middle of the machine and shaves off bits that fall down into a bowl. She then packs a cup full of ?snow?, she drizzles it with flavored sugar syrup or lime juice. Personally, I find these disgusting, but then, I was never a fan of those slushies you could get at 7-11 either.

Mmm, dulces tipicos! These are some of the delicious sweets made from fruit here. The brownish ones at the left are coconut candies, including fingers and logs that have been rolled in cinnamon. The red things are candied orange halves, next are baked coconut shavings and little bags of figs. Behind those, seed cakes and donut towers. The big tray on the right is full of pumpkin sweets, my favorites!

We ended up not getting any fiambre or kites. sigh. Next year, I really will make my own. The only person with any fiambre left was a woman who puts weird stuff in it and had doubled her prices from last year . . . the plate was still tiny!

All in all, it was a fun day with the family, though I had no less than three people tell me I was fat on the street, reminding me once again why I hide in my little house and never show my face.

Here`s one last photo of Irving and Dante, on our way back from the cemetery.

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