Category Guatemala

New York & DC – Two Snow Whites

Last night after seeing Tribes, we realized that the night was still young (it was only 9:45pm).  So we ran back up to the movie theater at Lincoln Square and caught a screening of Mirror Mirror, the new Snow White movie with Julia Roberts and a handful of other interesting people.  (And yes, if you’re keeping […]

The Sues

I love the small world of international travel – especially in small countries with relatively few international flights. At the coffee finca on Sunday, our tour group consisted of Jennifer, Mark and me, and a passel of British retirees who were all named Sue. (Well, the man’s name may have been John, but there were […]

Guatemala, Day 3 – Sunset on a clear night

For all of the less than wonderful aspects of Guatemala City, it remains nonetheless remarkably situated from a geographical perspective.  The surrounding volcanoes provide an exotic backdrop and frame beautiful sunsets.  Haze had prevented my seeing them the past few days, but today the air cleared enough to appreciate the view. The climate is also incredible […]

Guatemala, Day 3 – Splendido

For our last dinner, we went to a small restaurant called Splendido with another of Jennifer and Mark’s friends — a girl our age named Dani (not sure if I spelled that right) who works at USAID with Mark.  Like the crew I met the other night, she seemed like a fun person; the sort you’d […]

Guatemala, Day 3 – Ummm

Computer?  What computer?

Guatemala, Day 3 – Vieja Ciudad

This afternoon Jennifer and I (while Mark finished work), went out to explore the colonial center of Guatemala City.  This is the old city core that was founded in the early 1500s and which became the colonial capital in 1776 after Antigua was destroyed by an earthquake.  Unlike Antigua, the colonial city has not been […]

Guatemala, Day 3 – Brunch at Jean Francois

Both Jennifer and Mark technically had today off from work (Mark because he gets all the US holidays, and Jennifer because she just took the day off), but both of them needed to take care of a few work-related things during the late morning.  So rather than plan big activities throughout the day, we opted […]

Guatemala, Day 2 – Night In

We got back from Antigua shortly before 5pm and were all feeling a bit droopy.  It’s not like we’d done anything particularly strenuous — just walked around the town, picked some coffee beans, and enjoyed a delightful and filling lunch — but still, we weren’t going to make it through the rest of the evening […]

Guatemala, Day 2 – Finca Filadelfia

Ever wonder how coffee is made?  I never had.  Probably because I don’t drink coffee.  But coffee is Guatemala’s principal export and therefore a major part of the economy.  As part of our visit to Antigua, we toured Finca Filadelfia, a coffee plantation just outside of the town, and learned a lot more about what it […]

Guatemala, Day 2 – Antigua

Antigua is Guatemala’s crown jewel.  It was founded in 1543 and served as the capital until it was razed by an earthquake in 1773.  After that, the seat of government moved 45 minutes away to Guatemala City and Antigua was left to become a gorgeous little tourist’s paradise.  Lonely Planet says it’s what Guatemala “would look like if […]

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