Why vacation in Guatemala? First, because it’s beautiful. Second and most importantly, because some of our favorite people live there; my brother and sister-in-law. It seemed like everyone we told prior to leaving had the same response, “be careful!” We never felt unsafe and found the people to be so kind and generous. It was a blast to experience this country and culture!
I’m recapping the trip in two parts so stay tuned.
Craig and I knew we wanted to spend as much time in Guatemala as possible, so we booked the first flight out of O’Hare. Nothing like a 2:30am wake up call. At least there was no traffic, I guess? Needless to say, when we arrived we were in dire need of a nap! And what’s a vacation without naps?
Our afternoon activity focused on making and learning all about chocolate. When asked what I personally knew about chocolate, I replied, “It goes well with red wine.” Nailed it.
A volcano was erupting, so instead of staying in and cooking, we decided to go out for a rooftop Crepe dinner. Crepe’s are apparently really popular in Guatemala and these did not disappoint.
This organization is near to my heart as many of my family friends and family have moved on the mission field to work for them, as well as personally interning for them in the Dominican Republic in college. Craig had never experienced what they do firsthand, so we took a tour and met with many of the site leaders to see how God is working in their own lives as well as the lives of the Guatemalan’s. If you’re looking to learn more or wanting to donate some money with the holidays coming up, this is a great place to do so! Check out their website and watch this video to learn more.
Adventure awaited us on Friday. We left for Panajachel, a town near Lake Atitlán which is surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of mountains and volcanos. It took us about 2 extra hours to get there because a main road was shut down due to protests. There was no going around it, so we made the best of it and brought the cooler full of food to the front of the car and enjoyed our time hanging out/trying to find bathrooms.
Due to our delays, we had a super late lunch. This place had only burgers and french fries, but really, who needs more than that?
A delicious Italian place for dinner that is tucked away and a bit hard to find. We all ordered 4 different pastas and each one was insanely delicious. It’s cute and cozy and perfect for a quiet dinner shared with friends/family, aka framily.
Part 2 will be coming with details on Saturday through Monday in the next couple weeks!