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The Clouds over Lake Atitlan Guatemala

The Clouds over Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Of all of the numerous things we miss about Lake Atitlan, one that we miss most is days spent simply watching the cloud formations change over the lake. Sitting at over 5000ft elevation, the nearly ideal climate of the lake, along with the active volcanoes rimming it...
Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request where we can see how these hats are made she invited us to her shop. We...
Granada: Our one year anniversary

Granada: Our one year anniversary

April 15th marks our one year anniversary of living in Granada. Anniversaries, for me, punctuate how impermanent life and our experiences are. In my old life I would say, “Wow another year went by.” or “It seems just like yesterday…” Back...
Looking for rental property in the U.S.

Looking for rental property in the U.S.

We are way behind on the blog entries because I have been in the Florida the last couple of weeks looking for investment properties. We are expanding our financial horizons to possibly include rental income from either Indiana or Florida. It has been interesting...
Belize

Belize

May 24 – June 20, 2016. After spending 6 incredible months in Mexico, we crossed into Belize on May 24, 2016 and explored the small country for about a month. Just before reaching the border we were getting ready to leave our camp in the Mexican town of Chetumal...
Back to the underworld

Back to the underworld

Laziness had prevented us exploring the flooded, bat poo encrusted Grutas de Lanquín. Yet, the sheer number of Guatemala’s limestone caves made it difficult to leave without exploring at least one cave. Also, we still had some unfinished business with cave...
OMG I flushed the toilet paper!

OMG I flushed the toilet paper!

Enter reverse-culture shock, as alive and well as ever. We are familiar, of course, having previously endured it. But it prevails. Even knowing what it will be like. Even having previous experience with this strange idea. Even feeling prepared. It’s here. The...
El Salvador

El Salvador

  Beginnen wir den Eintrag doch mit einer kleinen aber sehr bedeutsamen Zeitungsanzeige:     Der erste Tag seit 2 Jahren an dem KEIN Mensch ermordet wurde in El Salvador. Der ERSTE seit 2 JAHREN. Statistiken wie diese schüren natürlich nicht gerade...
300 rings

300 rings

My daughter and I went to a local lumberyard to buy some fence posts for an animal enclosure in our backyard. True to Nicaraguan norms, you go right to the source. Want to buy sausage? Go to the butcher. Want to buy milk? Go to the farm. You get the picture. Just as...
Vulkanwahnsinn

Vulkanwahnsinn

  In Guatemala, speziell in und nach der Zeit um Antigua, überkam uns ein regelrechter und wortwörtlicher Vulkanwahnsinn. Innerhalb von 8 Wochen haben wir 4 der schönsten und höchsten Vulkane Guatemalas besteigen können. Wenn möglich immer ohne Tour, nur wir und...
A Culinary Conundrum in Guatemala

A Culinary Conundrum in Guatemala

Life at Lake Atitlan involves a lot of great food. Life in San Marcos la Laguna involves a lot of vegetables. This is not a problem for us as we eat vegetarian at least half of the time. However, after months of street tacos, vegetables and chicken being our main diet...