GUATEMALA '17

a picture (or two) a day from every day of my wild adventure to central america.

JAN 4

 off we go.

off we go.

I awoke from the five hour flight from Newark, New Jersey to Guatemala City, as the flight attendant spoke over the speaker, “Please prepare for landing.” Sleepy-eyed and exhausted from excitement, I sat up in my seat and gazed out the small window two seats down, watching the tiny lights of a new city grow brighter and bigger with each passing moment. 

3-2-1 I counted in my head, as I'd done so done so many times before, as the plane was just about to touch the tarmac. A thrill of adventure awakened me as we wandered the airport, and boarded a bus that would take us to some unknown place. In the darkness of Guatemala City, we drove in the night under street lamps and winding roads, approaching ominous yet magical giant forms in the distance: volcanoes. An hour seemed to pass in an instant, as cries of wondrous laughter rang out among the twenty-somethings. Silhouettes of palm fronds swayed as the bus rushed past the humming jungle, and my messy, unbrushed brunette curls danced wildly in the wind from the open bus windows. I leaned back in my seat, with my camera bag in my lap, and breathed with the rhythms of the cobblestone streets.

It was the wonder hour.

JAN 5

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 exploring our beautiful home for our time in guatemala:  Quinta de las Flores .

exploring our beautiful home for our time in guatemala: Quinta de las Flores.

JAN 6

 wandered around Guatemala City with our Guatemalan students: showing us around their school  UFM , visiting  Nómada  (a justice-seeking journalism company) &  Milk n' Cookies  (a digital marketing and graphic design agency) , and of course, eating at the most delicious places in the city:  Saúl  and  La Esquina

wandered around Guatemala City with our Guatemalan students: showing us around their school UFM, visiting Nómada (a justice-seeking journalism company) & Milk n' Cookies (a digital marketing and graphic design agency) , and of course, eating at the most delicious places in the city: Saúl and La Esquina

JAN 7

 dancing around on a rooftop.

dancing around on a rooftop.

JAN 8

 ate the most delicious guacamole at Cafe Sky above the city of Antigua.

ate the most delicious guacamole at Cafe Sky above the city of Antigua.

JAN 9

 taking in the sunshine every moment. also, every wall in Antigua is a different color.

taking in the sunshine every moment. also, every wall in Antigua is a different color.

 the most beautiful fruit truck i've ever seen.

the most beautiful fruit truck i've ever seen.

JAN 10

 ate a handmade crepe with coconut ice cream and chocolate chips at  Luna de Miel , which means "honey moon" in Spanish.

ate a handmade crepe with coconut ice cream and chocolate chips at Luna de Miel, which means "honey moon" in Spanish.

JAN 11

 woke up at 5:00am to watch the sunrise.

woke up at 5:00am to watch the sunrise.

JAN 12

 enjoyed a cleansing Ayurvedic dinner of curry, greens, basmati rice & starfruit chutney at  Stela 9  Boutique + AirBNB 

enjoyed a cleansing Ayurvedic dinner of curry, greens, basmati rice & starfruit chutney at Stela 9 Boutique + AirBNB 

JAN 13

 guac + tortilla chips every day. all day. this is the only picture I took this day.

guac + tortilla chips every day. all day. this is the only picture I took this day.

JAN 14

 hiked up to the top of the world at  Pacaya National Park

hiked up to the top of the world at Pacaya National Park

JAN 15

 dinner under the twinkly lights -- we watched an evening parade pass through below us, followed by sparkling fireworks.

dinner under the twinkly lights -- we watched an evening parade pass through below us, followed by sparkling fireworks.

JAN 16

 my favorite spot for coffee in antigua --  Union

my favorite spot for coffee in antigua -- Union

JAN 17

 roaming around in the sunshine -- and finding every sunshine-colored wall in sight.

roaming around in the sunshine -- and finding every sunshine-colored wall in sight.

JAN 18

 a night out @  Las Vibras

a night out @ Las Vibras

JAN 19

 mornings at  Stela 9

mornings at Stela 9

JAN 20

 ran away to the lake -- this is my new friend  Isa

ran away to the lake -- this is my new friend Isa

JAN 21

 on our second day at Lake Atitlán , we took a boat in Panajachel, where we ate breakfast at a local cafe, went to the artisan market, and took in the beautiful sunshine, colors, and textures of the beautiful town. 

on our second day at Lake Atitlán , we took a boat in Panajachel, where we ate breakfast at a local cafe, went to the artisan market, and took in the beautiful sunshine, colors, and textures of the beautiful town. 

 "alegrar" means to be joyful in Spanish (& Italian)

"alegrar" means to be joyful in Spanish (& Italian)

JAN 22

 woke up to watch the sunrise at the lake. those tiny black dots are ducks.

woke up to watch the sunrise at the lake. those tiny black dots are ducks.

 gravitating towards the flowers -- always. 

gravitating towards the flowers -- always. 

JAN 23

 coconut & chocolate ice cream back in antigua. spilled my chocolate ice cream all over my white dress. 

coconut & chocolate ice cream back in antigua. spilled my chocolate ice cream all over my white dress. 

JAN 24

 breathless.

breathless.

i'll be back soon, guate.

- A