Travel Diaries

I decided to travel more this year (2017) and hence I have some free time to write. I am petrified of publicizing my experiences but maybe no one will come to this page! I am on a long vacation for the next few weeks. When I was getting ready to leave, the temperature had…

Day 19 – Birthing Hope

Image: A group of midwives we met at the PIES de Occidente office. diez nueve (el martes, el catorse de febrero) It is February 14 – Valentine’s Day: Die de...Read More
February 23, 2017

Day 18 – Community champions in every way!

dieciocho dia (el lunes, el trese de febrero) Our first full day in Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela, and I feel at home, in a way. We start the morning...Read More
February 17, 2017

Day 17 – To Market, To Market to buy a …

dieciseite dia (el domingo, el doce de febrero) It’s the last morning in Antigua and I am awakened by vendors yelling at 5 am. I puzzle what they might be...Read More
February 16, 2017

Day 16 – Humbled by Country Women!

Night walking in Antigua, Guatemala diez y seis dia (el sabado, el once de febrero) A cool morning in Tikal reminds me of home. 14 C to start the day...Read More
February 15, 2017

Day 15 – Sweet Indulgence!

quince dia (el viernes, el diez de febrero) Another early morning start to continue our travels. We reached Las Flores International Airport and check in our bags. We go through...Read More
February 14, 2017

Day 14 – No breakdowns or breakthroughs!

Image: View from the top of Temple 216 at Yaxha catorse dia (jueves, el nueve de febrero) After a couple of days, I have a morning to myself. Yoga at...Read More
February 12, 2017

Day 13 – A Glimpse into the Lost World

trese dia (miercoles, el ocho de febrero) Marilyn and I excitedly (read: like a bunch of teenagers, even though she is closer to my mother’s age) pool together our Spanish...Read More
February 9, 2017

Day 12 – Overcoming the Resistance to be herded along!

Image: Spanish influenced buildings on the Island of Flores doce dia (martes, el seite de febrero) 4:14 am and I pack my bags and head downstairs to meet the rest...Read More
February 9, 2017

Day 11 – Leaving San Pedro with a heavy heart!

Image: A lone fisherman who showed up everyday in his boat on the edge of Lake Atitlan. once dia (lunes, el seis de febrero) I slept through all the alarms...Read More
February 9, 2017

Day 10 – Cooling off after an intense week

DIez dia (el domingo, el cinco de febrero) I woke up to church bells at 4:55 am after getting to bed before 9 pm last night. The first alarm was followed...Read More
February 6, 2017

Day 9: Cansado (tired): Physically and Mentally!

Image: A view of San Marcos on the shores of Lake Atitlan from a viewpoint on the hike up to the volcano of San Pedro. nueve dia (el sabado, el...Read More
February 5, 2017

Day 8: Our last formal Spanish class

Image: Living on the shores of Lake Atitlan means you can water each corn plant, one bucket at a time! ocho dia (el viernes, el tres de febrero) I only...Read More
February 4, 2017

Day 7: Hot and cold at the same time!

Image: In my happy T-shirt, extra happy around international foods sete dia (el jueves, el dos de febrero) I now know that I can delete my phone alarm. I can...Read More
February 3, 2017

Day 6: Food for Thought

Image: Everyday we get (and need) a snack halfway through the four-hour class. Here we were treated to a warm, fresh tostada.  seis dia (el miercoles, primero de febrero) Not...Read More
February 3, 2017

Day 5: Un poco mas espanol (A little more Spanish)

Cinco dia (martes, enero 31) Either the rooster had synced with my sleeping schedule or I had blocked it out, the way I did the trains when I lived next...Read More
February 3, 2017

Day 4: Cooperativa Spanish School – A novel experience

Day 4 (Monday, January 30) A rooster awakes from a bad dream crows at an early 3:30 am. After a 55 minute snooze, he or another one calls out again....Read More
February 1, 2017

Day 2 and Day 3: Divine San Pedro La Laguna

Day 2 (Saturday, January 28) The rooster alarm goes off at 5:24 am followed by fireworks at quarter to. I’ve had a good rest so not complaining but unsure why...Read More
February 1, 2017

Day 0 and Day 1: On foreign soil

Day 0 (January 26) I am repacking my suitcases and appalled that I have packed too many snacks, gifts and winter clothes. My winter jacket takes up a quarter of...Read More
January 31, 2017

Day -2 and Day -1: A bumpy start to my travels

I decided to travel more this year and hence I have some free time to do some writing. I am petrified of publicizing my experiences but maybe no one will...Read More
January 31, 2017