Category: Personal

As my last act on my final full day in Antigua, Guatemala, I decided to climb a volcano. Actually, the decision was made a week or two before. I had solicited the opinions of a few people. None of them said that it was difficult; however, as I’ve learned before, opinions are based on the person’s own experience. What may not be difficult to you may be difficult to someone else, and vice versa. So, what the heck, I decided…

My Guatemalan hosts were Manuel and Elsa. Manuel is a Panza Verde, or Green Belly, which is the name for natively born people of Antigua. Green stomach because they grow and eat lots of avocados around those parts. Elsa is from El Salvador. They’ve been married, if I remember correctly, about 30 years, give or take a year or two. I could not have asked for better hosts! They seem to get along quite well and have fun with each…

I’ve decided that when you party like a Guatemalan, rum is involved. How much rum depends on your ability to consume it. For me, that means not much! The last couple of times that I’ve been to Antigua, I had a drink or “two” with Vidal, my bad influence! 🙂 He likes his octavos, or 1/8 liter of rum. Originally, I had planned to see Día de los Muertos, which is on November 1st; instead, I decided to party with…

It’s still a bit warm and humid in the Carolinas, but the mornings are now in the mid to low 60s, of which I am very appreciative! This is another shot from my day in Charleston. I was very tempted to join this man and the kids that were darting in out of the water, but I had my electronics with me. I’m sure that Rob would have held them for me, but I wanted to take pictures too! I’ve…

It’s days like this, hot and humid days, when I think of the mountains, frequently. I think of how nice and cool it is atop of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River – right here in little ol’ North Carolina. I was up there a few weeks ago. It was 90+ in Charlotte, but atop of Mt. Mitchell, a nice, cool 58, or so. It was lovely and a bit chilly. However, thanks to one Willis…

In yesterday’s post, I featured a picture of this car and Cedric wanted to know the story. Well, this shot was taken in Antigua Guatemala on Cerro de la cruz, or, The Hill of the Cross. On this particular day, there were quite a few people there. One of my fellow students, Meghan, and I walked up to the top of the hill. According to my FitBit, about 34 stories. Not too bad. While we were up there, we noticed…

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