Guatemala – Part I

Here’s the first of two photo installments from our recent trip to Guatemala.  We’ve opted to talk less up top and put info specific to individual photos beneath them.  Hope you enjoy!
001_Guatemala_2010_010.jpgOur meal a la Mexicana Airlines (yes that is tequila on the left)
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004_Guatemala_2010_052.jpgWalking the streets of Antigua
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We’re pretty adventurous but a ferris wheel at a local Guatemalan fair was just a bit outside our comfort zone.
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I told myself it wasn’t poisonous…
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Quite possibly the worlds best mom.
009_Guatemala_2010_148.jpgThe dock leading up to our little vacation rental in Paxanax being rebuilt above flood waters.  After Hurricane Agatha hit in June, the country had some of the worst flooding in history and raised the level of Lake Atitlán by more than 10 feet.
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Juanita – de Santa Cruz del Lago
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Up in the village of Santa Cruz
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Hugo (with the paper airplane) and his friend
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No patch of workable volcanic soil goes unplanted; most of the time, with corn.  Here are the fertile hills of Zunil, outside Quetzaltenango (or Xela as it’s referred to by locals).  Alongside the road to Zunil, we saw some of the most beautiful produce we’ve ever seen.
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“Parque, parque, parque!” These guys hang out of these crammed minivans trying to get a few more people in as they commute between the bus terminals and the town centers.
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Me dejas tomarte una foto?  Guatemalan people are extremely camera reticent to the point that if you take their permission without asking, you risk your well being…so I asked whenever I was going to invade someone’s space.  This woman, who’s name I tried desperately to understand but couldn’t after three attempts with my budget Spanglish skills, was very sweet and let me sit with her for a few photos before continuing on her way.
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This one’s for Hardy…

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