I was in rural Ethiopia visiting a Lie and Wait house for expectant mothers and saw this farmer tending his plot. I asked him by showing him my camera and smiling (since I don’t speak Amharic) if I could take his photo, and he happily obliged.
I captured this photo as I was descending the steep, slippery trail of the Santa Maria Volcano near Xela, Guatemala. I had risen at 4 am to climb this beast and was stunned to find a group of 30 or so Mayans on top of the volcano chanting and praying. What amazed me the most was the women who carried the entire load of their supplies on their heads, infants on their backs all while wearing plastic high-healed sandals. The […]
Gretings from Guatemala’s Highlands…wish you were here! Photo taken right outside my Spanish school in Xela, Guatemala. I met Maria, a local Mayan woman, my second day in Xela. She came to Casa Xelaju Spanish School and set up shop right outside the door, in the lovely alleyway between the school and two traditional homes. Mayan women, the indigenous people of Guatemala, are known for their elaborate, colorful weaving. I could hardly believe my luck to have someone like Maria […]