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Guatemala City and Stories of Fileting a Whale

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

We just started the last week in Guatemala and we are taking one more week of Spanish classes in Antigua. Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities we have seen on our trip and yet I don’t really like the city. Our Lonely Planet travel guide describes Antigua perfectly.

“Antigua’s profusion of language schools and drinking holes has made it a magnet for half-assed language students and serious cocktail swillers alike, and there is always a sizeable gringo population. Some people love it, some people hate it, but you’d be silly to miss it.”

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Recuperating At Finca Tatin

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Our next stop was the Caribbean Coast and the Rio Dulce area.  When we were leaving Semuc Champey we caught a bus with 2 Spanish girls and they had recommended a place called Finca Tatin near Rio Ducle.  Oddly enough, somewhere along the way I had picked up a flyer for Finca Tatin and we decided that is where we wanted to go.  Finca Tatin is only accessible by boat.  When we got to the town of Rio Dulce our first goal was to find a boat that would take us there.  There is no shortage of boats, but we wanted to make sure we got a fair price, so we asked around at a couple of people offering their services.  We finally found one that also had a parking spot for us, so we were set.  Matthias tried to call Finca Tatin to see if they had space for us.  The number on our flyer was out of service, but we decided to risk it anyway and hope they had room.  William found the boat ride too bumpy, but Julian couldn’t have enjoyed it more.  He had a huge smile on his face the entire way and kept pointing to things and chattering excitedly about them.  The water is sparkling green and surrounded on all sides by green jungle.  It is about an hour boat ride to Finca Tatin and we arrived safely and they had plenty of room.  In fact we were the only visitors at all.

We rented a bungalow right along the river for two nights.  William and Julian both squealed with excitement when they saw we would all be sleeping under nets!  Matthias and I weren’t so excited when we saw the spider the size of my outstretched hand on the wall above one of the beds.  When we arrived we were floored at how neat this place was.  This area was very different from what we expected it to be and definitely transcended all our expectations.  Both Matthias and I had a moment where we felt that just the opportunity to spend a few days here was one of those times that makes this whole trip worthwhile.

Our Bungalow At Finca Tatin     Matthias On The Rope Swing At Finca Tatin

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The Worst Outing So Far

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
Our map of Guatemala has a section where it lists the number of kilometers between cities and the anticipated driving times. You could really throw this information in the garbage because it more or less useless. Matthias (being German) wants ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kim and Erik are Getting Married!

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

In the past week we heard that our good friends Kim and Erik are getting married.  Kim is my best friend from high school.  We are so happy for them and we want to be back in Seattle for the wedding.  The wedding ... [Continue reading this entry]

Swimming With Divine

Friday, October 20th, 2006
The drive to the coast really was something else. Yet again, we put the Yoda Van to the test and he got us where we needed to go. As soon as we had descended from the highlands it became hot ... [Continue reading this entry]

Duct tape, No Lights and a Whole Lot of Smoke

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
Despite being in the same city for over 2 weeks, every day is filled with amazement, new experiences and new things to see. Saturday was our last day in Xela and we decided to join some of the teachers, Paul and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Market in San Francisco El Alto

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Friday was our last day of classes at our school and we decided to go to a market in San Francisco El Alto with our teachers and William and Julian. The market at San Francisco El Alto is supposed ... [Continue reading this entry]

Wal-Mart, Hugo Chavez & Chickens on the Chicken Bus

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
There are 2 large shopping centers in Xela and recently Wal-Mart bought both of them. We’ve been shopping at a small grocery store near our school. I was reminded of Hugo Chavez’s recent speech at the UN when I realized ... [Continue reading this entry]

Pure Guatemala

Sunday, October 8th, 2006
Somehow our blog has deteriorated into more information about the people we are living with than what we are up to. All that is definitely a part of what we are experiencing, but I thought we should try to ... [Continue reading this entry]

These are the Days of our Lives

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

I was walking through the kitchen at the guest house we are staying at when I heard water running.  I asked Paul “Is it raining?”  He answered “No that’s Bonnie in the bathroom – a floater.” 
Paul ... [Continue reading this entry]