My time in La Antigua de Guatemala was much too brief, but returning home to Studly and the Estados Unidas de Norte America was sweet.
Just a few images of the people and places that made my visit to Guatemala muy especial:
One of the many skilled weavers plying her craft.
At Hobbitenango–my new nephew looking very much like a hobbit silhouetted in the doorway of the tavern.
Next time your children complain about doing chores, show them this.
Beto and Hanna.😍
Iglesia de Catedral.
Cerrito San Cristobal patio dining with a beautiful view of one of the four volcanoes.
Leo, stealer of hearts.
Ruins in Antigua.
One of these three is my son posing at theCasa Santo Domingo.
Sunday brunch with the family at the Casa Santo Domingo. This hotel/conference center is a must-see, having been built to beautifully incorporate the ruins of a monastery.
Wedding guests enjoying the view from the upper deck at Hobbitenango.
My son, daughter-in-law, and me awaiting our shuttle to the wedding.
Antigua is an ancient city. Many of the streets are narrow and teeth jarringly cobble-stoned, yet the entire city has free wi-fi.
Motorcycles and scooters almost outnumbered cars.
There are only two things about travel to Guatemala that I won’t miss. The first is having to use purified water for brushing one’s teeth. Bottled water (agua pura) was readily available, but I accidentally brushed with tap water a couple of times. I haven’t died yet, but the day is still young.
The second thing I won’t miss is the method used to dispose of toilet tissue. In most places one cannot flush the tissue; it must be placed in a trash receptacle beside the toilet. For most of us it is an automatic reflex to simply drop used t.p. in the toilet bowl. I’m going to admit right now that I did not fish out the tissues I accidentally dropped into the bowl.
Those were mere inconveniences, though. I would gladly be inconvenienced again.