I looooooove this dress. It's made out of a soft gunnysack material. Picked it up at a fancy street vendor in Guatemala. "Fancy" being the kind that actually has walls and roof. It's a purchasing memory that I will forever share with my friend Courtney.
No matter what, this dress must be worn with a wide belt, Jade earrings, and minimum 4" heels. Don't ask me why. That's just how it is.
Dress: Street Vendor - Atitlan, Guatemala
Earrings: Jade Factory - Antiqua, Guatemala
Shoes: Madden Girl via Endless.com
Now that you've been acquainted with this dress, what better opportunity for me to share a little bit about my time in Guatemala, huh?
It's been over two years now (July 2008) since I went on my first (hopefully not last) missions trip to Guatemala. It was a wonderful experience. My youth pastor's wife has family there that have been missionaries for over 20 years. They know the language, the terrain, the people, and have all sorts of connections. With their leadership and expertise, it was hardly a typical missions trip - more like a vacation with a little service work thrown in.
They stationed us at an orphanage near Guatemala City. Most of the children there have special needs - physically and/or mentally, but nothing (but maybe a little shyness at times) prevented them from welcoming us into their home: visitors = playmates.
We weren't there so much for the kids as we were to work on the grounds. We pulled weeds, scraped walls, painted, cleaned, ect. Everybody worked hard. We bonded.
When we weren't at the orphanage, we were exploring. We spent a couple of days in beautiful Atitlan - shopping and zip-lining! We saw some Mayan Ruins and visited a Jade factory in Antiqua. Yes, I bought a few things throughout the trip. Ok, maybe more than just a few things...by the end of the trip, I was an expert bargainer...to be expected.
We also experienced not-so-beautiful places - like the Guatemala City dump and neighboring graveyard. Where the stench of death and reality slaps you in the face.
We also visited a local church congregation and really got to experience the culture. They're beautiful people with such giving hearts. I couldn't have imagined a better trip or group of people to share it with. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity.