BY BRANDON L. WEST
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he steps to the church of Santo Tomás in Chichi-
castenango, located in the western highlands of
Guatemala, are a focal point of the weekly Sunday
market where local women sell flowers and incense.
Originally built on top of a Mayan altar in 1540, the church
reflects the syncretism that has occurred between Mayan and
Brandon West and his family are currently serving on their first
tour in Guatemala City. His wife, Christina, joined the Foreign
Service in the spring of 2013 and has an onward assignment to
Guadalajara. Brandon works remotely from their home for a U.S.-
based software company and enjoys documenting their Foreign
Service experiences at diplodad.com. This photo was taken with a
Canon 6D and EF 17-40mm lens.