Monday, April 16, 2012

guatemala

We're back from Guatemala and are fully flung into finals week (are you fabulously impressed with my alliteration?)

I have a sun-burnt nose and major, itchy bug bites covering my legs. But, it is so worth it.

Guatemala was the most incredible experience. I didn't want to leave and I'm sad that we're back. This post is going to be about the first half of the trip. Be excited. 

On Friday night, we drove down to Las Vegas for our flight (it was significantly cheaper). We got to Vegas around 2:30am, and had to leave for the airport by 5:00am. So we spent a lovely couples hours sleeping in a hotel rumored to be littered with bed bugs; it was an adventure and needless to say we were exhausted.


 Me and Rachel, my wonderful cousin whom I dearly love.


In the airport in Dallas during a layover. Sidenote: my married name was on my ticket and my maiden name was on my passport, so they wouldn't let me through security and Brett and I missed our first flight. Thankfully, a man named Rich helped us and we were able to get on another flight to Dallas. I was freaking out though; I thought I was going to miss the trip to Guate!

We landed in Guatemala city late on Saturday and drove to Antigua. I was in culture shock when we first got there because I've never been to a third world country before. There is a lot of poverty in Guatemala and most people live in tiny little cinder block shacks with corrugated metal roofs. It made me so grateful for all that I have and I don't think I'll ever complain about anywhere I live again (even our apartment with its obscenely thin walls). I am so thankful I have the privilege of living in the United States.

We stayed in a beautiful house in lovely Antigua on Saturday night. And Sunday was Easter!

 My beautiful mother in law awaiting the time for church.

 Creeper dolls in our bedroom. Brett has a doll-phobia so we covered them with sweaters over the night.

 The cool tapestry above our bed.





 Walking to church.


 The one room church. It was intriguing to hear sacrament meeting done  in Spanish.

 Brett and Elliott chatting.
 Cutie pettuties. Guatemalan kids are adorable. I wanted to take all of them home!


 The street.
 The inside of the house in Antigua.

 After church in Antigua, we left for Panajachel. Rachel and I sat in the front with the bus driver and I talked to him the whole way in Spanish. I loved being able to sharpen it up and learn new things.

We stopped by a gorgeous vista surrounded by four volcanoes. Volcanoes are prevalent in Guatemala and erupt frequently, but thankfully none of them did while we were there.


So, that was our first day in Guatemala. I think I'll write about this trip in more than 2 posts because there is so much to say and there are so many pictures!

Happy Monday!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you loved it! I can't wait to hear more!

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