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The days have been so busy, so filled with experiences that are at once thought-provoking, heart-breaking and gratifying. Experiences that make you laugh and those that make you cry:
This is the Guatemala I have met during my first three days and even before traveling to Coban and on to the villages where we will work.
Guatemala is a country of contrasts, city life and village life from the very rich and those that live in poverty. The malls with luxury, designer fashion boutiques and the central market stalls with colorful Guatemalan textiles, jewelry and masks, the people in business suits and dresses and those in traditional clothing. Fine gourmet restaurants and street vendors selling local fare; the modern private hospital with special suites for V.I.P. patients and the public hospital with 40 patients in a ward.
When I next write a blog post, I will tell you a bit more about our day visiting Centro Medico, the large private hospital in Guatemala City and Roosevelt Hospital, the large public hospital just a few miles away. I will also tell you a bit about the day we spent with the medical and nursing school leadership at the Jesuit university in Guatemala City. The town of Antigua deserves a blog entry of its own.
I am so blessed to be here.
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