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Oct 18, 2014 - Day 1 - Travel to Guatemala

This is Michelle Langlois. I am in awe of the fact that we are actually on the plane to Guatemala. I can't believe that everything has come together for us to make this trip. There have been so many obstacles, so many hardships that have made me wonder, should we really go? But every time, the answer came back yes. I know that God is planning something wonderful. I look forward to meeting the people of this community, and even though we aren't even there yet, my heart is already breaking at the thought of saying goodbye. I am grateful to...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Antigua - 3 days to Utila

The next leg of my plan to get to Utila involved getting to Antigua then contacting a tour company to buy tickets for the Hedman Atlas Bus running to La Ceiba. I again wanted to get to Antigua cheap so together with G, we rode chicken buses down. The entire ride began at 5:30am and took 3 hours of low comfort but “vale la pena” (it was worth it) to see Antigua. Literal translation of the name is Old, or the old city. Antigua was Guatemala’s first capital and history has it that it suffered extreme earthquakes every couple of years thus it...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Back to Antigua

Today we traveled back to Antigua by bus (approx. 3 hours). As the seat of the Spanish colonial government, Antigua was once the most important city in Central America. In 1773 the city was destroyed by an earthquake but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be admired. Its easy to walk through Antigua's quiet cobblestone streets past heavy carved-wood entrances. Free day tomorrow so checked out our options - there are some guided tours available but have decide to do...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Antigua

Today was a long travel day, about 8 hours in a minibus to Antigua. Only staying one night for now, we will be returning for a couple of nights later. Just had time to wander around the city a little - looks a very interesting place and look forward to returning.

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Jan 12, 2014 - Antigua

Up at 8:00 – at last a long sleep! Turned on the hot water to make sure it was running and it was, so shaved and when I got in the shower… no hot water. Seems I just missed it. Washed my hair anyway because it was quite chilly in the room – about 65 – and no heater! Down to breakfast and had a nice fried egg with hot sauce, some pineapple and papaya, some refried beans, toast, jelly and a little pile of mayonnaise on the plate. I have no idea why. I saw Ana and Adrianna just as I was finishing. Back up to the room and unpack stuff to try to...

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Jan 31, 2013 - Antigua Redux

Decided to spend our last few days in Guatemala revisiting the Rip Van Winkle city of Antigua. When the Spanish gave up rebuilding Antigua in 1773, after yet another devastating earthquake (three in 65 years). The devastated town was abandoned and left to the locals for close to 200 years. Ruined buildings and those not so ruined were left as they were. All the streets remain cobblestoned. There is a relaxed atmosphere that pervades the way of life. Your voice bears the brunt of being in this place as EVERYONE you pass on the streets says...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Acatenango Volcano

Up at 04:30 for coffee and then a one hour ride to the start of our hike to the summit of Acatenango Volcano at 13,129 ft. We arrive to a small village before sunup and start the climb. It is in the direction of up from the beginning; not much flat or down for the next five hours. The up is also quite steep. AND the surface of the ground is mostly loose, and usually 6 inches deep, small volcanic gravel. So, what does that mean you ask. Well it means with each small step (not much more than a foot length in front of the previous step)forward...

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Jan 18, 2013 - Antigua

Antigua is a throw back city in time. The streets are all cobbled, and the buildings are mostly one story. It also used to be the Spanish capital of their Central American Empire till 1773. Why you might ask ? Well after more than three hundred years of repeated earthquakes that usually levelled the town/city the Spanish created and moved to Guatemala City. Hence Antigua remained in a relative time warp, and what a pleasure to be so `warped´. Maybe the cobbled streets impede your attempts at moving fast that time slows ? To be in a hurry...

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Nov 26, 2012 - Attitlan, San Pedro, Antigua

Theresa and I enjoyed yesterday's breakfast so much we decided to go back. We weren't disappointed. Quick service at 7:30 am left us time to do a little exploring in Panajachel and I found Devin a funky hat. It's really big on me so hopefully it fits his massive head. After meeting the others we headed to the dock to board our boat for the day. While waiting we were accosted by the usual ladies selling things. One with scarves targeted me. Her please lady, I need money for lunch finally got to me so I bought two. Yes, I'm a sucker. Oh...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Antigua

Antigua Antigua. Was described to us as the nicest town in central America. It's true. It really is. Everyone is so friendly. everywhere we go there is a smile and a wave. Literally everyone. So either andy is walking round with his flies undone or it's a by law.  Mind you if I had an armed policeman at the end of every street too I'd crack a grin. The streets are cobbled and getting around in anything with less suspension than an off road quad bike is likely to render you infertile. We've both got bruised fods from bouncing off mini bus...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Antigua...

So nice to have had some time to myself. Forced myself to stay in bed at my hotel, Mason Del Valle, until around 9am before heading out for breakfast and a look around the town. Checked out a couple of churches and saw a pretty wedding in one of the big ones. Next door was the ruins of the church annex with a huge pond - no water and a couple of large rooms which were being prepared for the wedding party - a really great setting and I could imagine the kids playing in the old fountain. The next morning after breakfast at my hotel...large...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Home again

Well Monday found me back in Antigua--home once again! After two whole weeks of studying Spanish, I feel that Antigua is now my second home and I hate to leave to go back to Toronto. I am not the only one that feels this way, as most of the students that I saw Monday for the last time, feel the exact same way. They are the lucky ones however, they are staying longer. If I known it would be so much fun, that I would meet so many wonderful people, and have an amazing time I would have chosen to study for an entire month!!!! My trip home...

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