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Grey skies over Antigua

Grey skies over Antigua

Antigua, much like Oaxaca became a place that kept drawing us back like a magnet. Partly because we were awaiting respectable weather for climbing the nearby volcanic peak of Acatenango. Mostly because there was a lot of really tasty food. Antigua is a colonial city...
Guatemala Part 1 of 3

Guatemala Part 1 of 3

June 20 – July 7, 2016. After a month in Belize, it was time to move along to Guatemala where we ended up staying three months. We crossed the border between Belize (Benque Viejo) and Guatemala (Melchor De Mencos) on June 20, 2016. How can a country known for...
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

  Nach unserer Blitz-Durchreise von Honduras, die uns ganze 3 Stunden, inklusive Fussballgucken in einer Tankstelle, gekostet hatte, haben wir für Nicaragua nun knappe 3 Wochen Zeit. Auch nicht unbedingt super viel, aber ausreichend fürs Erste.   Somoto...
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...
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...
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...
Yaxha

Yaxha

Close to the famous Tikal ruins in Guatemala lie the lesser-known Mayan site of Yaxhá. Despite being only 30km as the quetzal flies from its famous neighbour, the drive is a little longer. As a result far fewer tourists make the journey to explore these amazing ruins....
Yaxha

Yaxha

Close to the famous Tikal ruins in Guatemala lie the lesser-known Mayan site of Yaxhá. Despite being only 30km as the quetzal flies from its famous neighbour, the drive is a little longer. As a result far fewer tourists make the journey to explore these amazing ruins....
Volunteering

Volunteering

Neben den ganzen Spanischstunden arbeitete ich noch als Volunteer in einer Auffangstation fur unterernährte Babies, welche von Maya Familien nicht ‘entsprechend’ ernährt werden können. Mangeldes Wissen über Ernährung sowie nicht vorhandenes Einkommen sind oft die...
Career change

Career change

Time to trade in that cushy graphic design job for a job unloading trucks in Guatemala. Our cross-country journey was going well. Possibly too well. The roads were much better than our previous trip across Guatemala. It looked like we might be able to get to a very...