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The Saga Continues…and Continues….

Sunday, May 30 – Wednesday, June 2

Still stuck in Guatemala. Our Monday flight was pushed to Wednesday and our Wednesday flight was pushed to Sunday. There was nothing extremely exciting, so here are some of the highlights of these few days, stuck in Antigua.

  • Sleeping in.
  • Wandering Antigua.
  • Shopping.
  • Eating at McDonalds. multiple times.
  • Seeing a movie, Sherlock Holmes (in English with Spanish subtitles)
  • Hooka bar (my first time)
  • Tanning and hanging out on the hotel roof.
  • Drinking wine on the hotel roof. in styrofoam cups.
  • More shopping.
  • Delicious dinners and drinks.
  • Dance club.

Wandering and shpping around Antigua

McDonalds

Wine on the roof

Hooka bar

Hanging out on the roof

Delicious dinners

Dance club

Dance club

Gotta make the best of what you have, right?!? On Wednesday, someone decided enough was enough and that we needed to take matters into our own hands. More to come on that tomorrow!


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If it’s not one thing, it’s another

Saturday, May 29 (first bonus day)

5 of us got up at 4:30am to walk to the outdoors store to drive to the starting point of our volcano hike. It had rained all night, very loud on the roof, and was still raining. Our tour guide showed up a little late and said there had been some mudslides on some of the roads between Guatemala City and Antigua. We thought nothing of this since mudslides are fairly common in the country. So we set off, rain still pounding on the van. We drove off the main road onto the mountain roads…literally dirt roads. We came across a huge rock/tree root something that was blocking about 80% of the road, but managed to squeeze by in the van. But next, we came to a curve with an uphill, where 3-4 men were working to fill in where part of the road had washed away. Our tour guide got out and checked it out. A chicken bus came down the hill and at one point looked as if it might fall over. The tour guide said even if we managed to make it up, we would probably not make it back. So we sadly turned around and headed back to Antigua.

The massive thing blocking the road

Chicken bus coming down the hill

In the van driving back, probably for the better

Come to find out, when we got back to the hotel, a tropical storm was on it’s way. It literally poured rain all day. So we did some laundry, grabbed lunch, and hung out to see what was going to happen. Next thing you know? Airport is closed until Wednesday. Wonderful.

As the storm got worse, the girl working at the hotel (who was the best friend we had and wonderful) told us the last time a large tropical storm they lost power for 5 days….then we heard parts of the city had already lost power. Then our power started flickering ever now and then. It is hard to describe the scene. We were on all 3 computers frantically trying to email parents (“we may lose power for days!!!!!) while another group went to the grocery store to get the essentials: bread, peanut butter, jelly, and wine. To make a long story short, my roommate Meghan needed cash while at the store and stuck her debit card into the ATM just as the power completely shut down. It all worked out ok in the end, but it was a stressful time. The power came on after about and hour and a half, and some of the group still wanted to venture out for dinner. So we did. Still raining. Still cold. Still miserable.

These faces sum up the feelings after that long, cold, rainy day


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Wrappin’ Up and Movin’ Out

Thursday, May 27

Half work day and travel day. We got to the work site and continued on the rock pile. I was definitely tired and, not going to lie, ready to leave and start travelin’ to the next town. But we got a good 2 hours of work in, then met with the head doctor, who thanked us and told us about the plans for the hospital. I have to admit that it didn’t really feel like we did that much, despite how our aching bodies felt. We took tuk-tuks back to the hotel, took quick showers, then hopped on the boat at the docks to head back across the lake.

Talking to the head doctor and saying goodbyes

Riding in the tuk-tuks back to the hotel

We took the boats back to Panajachel. The plan was to shop for a while in Panajachel then head to Antigua for our last night, but it was raining. So we stopped at the chocolate shop for a little sugar pick-me-up and heading toward Antigua.

Dina's Chocolate shop - Panajachel

We checked into Hotel Entre Volcanes, took in the view from the roof, then hit the market for some shopping. We all found some great items to buy: skirts, purses, paintings, jewelry. We went to Mono Loco for dinner, where Whitney and Holly shared a plate of MASSIVE nachos. A few of us went to a club, Cielo, for a fun and interesting experience. Although the techno music was a little much for me, the bartender was awesome and we had a good time. I went to bed, sad to leave the next morning but looking forward to being back in my own bed and finishing moving into our new house…..or so I thought.

Roof of the hotel - Antigua

the market - Antigua

Girls at Mono Loco

Holy Nachos!!!

Catholic church on the square lit up at night

Cielo