Today's post is on hammocks. I'm sure we all are familiar with them. They are what you see on someone's back porch or strung up in their yard. In America, we use them for relaxing naps on a nice summer afternoon. Or we curl up in one with a good book and a tall glass of lemonade under a nice shade tree.
In Chiapas, hammocks are used for alot of purposes. Couches, chairs, beds, and even cribs. They can run annywhere from 100 pesos to 800, which is the most expensive I saw at the market. Although everything is always more expensive when a "gringo" buys it because everyone knows that Americans=money so they automatically raise the price by alot.
Here are some hammocks at the market. Hammocks can hold one or two people comfortably depending on how big they are. Some could probably actually hold more but I only saw two people laying in a hammock at a time.
Pretty much the first thing the guys did when we got to a new village was hang up us girls' hammocks. They were our champions! Thanks guys :)
Hanging out in the girls' house between programs. It was nice to get down time in the afternoons instead of rushing around all the time. And it was especially nice if we had a hammock to relax in, which wasn't always the case :)
Hammocks are used as cribs for little babies. I was on water filter duty and we walked into a house and this is the sight we saw. It looks comfy for sure! You sure don't see new born babies in hammocks in the States...
Amy and Brennah relaxing in the hammock at the Terrell's house. Isn't that a cute picture? :)
And finally, this is me sleeping in my hammock. I really was sleeping and not posing at all. I know it doesn't look very comfortable but for me, that was "my" position for sleeping. Notice my flip flop tan :)
I hope you all are enjoying these posts on random memories of Chiapas. I sure am enjoying writing them. I wish all of you could experience sleeping in a hammock sometime in your life. If you have one, I challenge you to give it a whirl for a night. Who knows, you may like it so much, you'll never want to use a bed again :D May God richly bless you all.
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