Tag: Guatemala

So, in my previous post, Paul vs. The Volcano, I talked about the hike up Pacaya. Once we reached the top, the guides said: Let’s go “down” into the lava fields. What? That means we’d have to climb back up! I’ve already down lots of up-climbing. Can’t we stay here? 😀 Well, I may have ridden a horse, but I’m no quitter! Away we go. Down. Down. Down. As I found out later, when we came back up, we had…

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…

Everywhere that I go in my travels, I try to make sure to take a few pictures with my phone to record the GPS location. At the end of the year I can look back and see where I’ve been, or at least where I’ve taken pictures. As you can see from the map, thanks to Lightroom, I’ve pretty much stayed east of The Mississippi River this year. I enjoyed all of the trips, the various walks around those places…

There are those moments, sometimes, that I just wish that I had a camera with me or had had my camera out and ready to take a picture. One particular morning, while walking the streets of Antigua, I experienced that. I saw two older guys riding bicycles down the street, nothing unusual about that, but they were being pulled by Dobermans! These dogs looked quite up to the task and seem to be enjoying it! Certainly, I’ve seen Huskies pulling…

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…

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