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.
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!
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!