Tagged: Central America

Panama City: A City of Contrasts

We arrived in Panama City at 3:30 a.m. Well, 4:30 a.m. local time, but it felt like 3:30 to us. I was full of Dramamine and stiff from sleeping on the bus for the...

Captured Moments of Costa Rica

Life is all about the small moments.  The more I travel, the more I realize that I cherish the small moments much more than the big moments. My brother’s 32nd birthday was this past...

A Respite in Nicaragua

It feels really empty here, Martin said. How peculiar. Since enjoying San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, we started identifying other colonial cities throughout Central and South America that we might also enjoy. Antigua,...

The Sunsets of El Tunco

Vamos a la playa! Martin and I would say this to each other nearly every day in Antigua. Guatemala may be beautiful with a rich indigenous culture, but it is cold! We needed some...

Ride into the Sunset

We walked to the beach to watch the sunset, and then we saw the horse. Martin made friends with Niño and discovered it was only $5 to ride him down the beach. I was...

A Plethora of Things to Do in Antigua

Sometimes tourists give Antigua a bad rap, particularly because it is filled with tourists. Yet, I love the former capital of Guatemala. After spending three weeks in this UNESCO declared colonial town, what I’m...

Volcano Acatenango: An Unexpected Journey

The sky was a bright blue, and the air already felt crisp and cool in the small village of La Soledad, about 2800 feet higher than Antigua.  Acatenango loomed in front of me. For...

From Cacao to Chocolate

Words cannot express how happy the Choco Museo in Antigua makes me. Within seconds of entering, I was sipping cocoa husk tea and signing up for the chocolate making workshop ($21/person).  If you cannot...

Purposeful Life

A Purposeful Life

Over our morning Americano, I said to Martin, “I think I’m having an existential crisis.”  Martin responded simply, “It’s about time.”  I was feeling restless and anxious, which came out as anger and impatience....

Guatemala Meets Enlightenment

San Marcos la Laguna Atitlan is unlike any other Guatemalan town I have visited. Lake Atitlan is the largest lake in Guatemala. Small towns and volcanoes pepper its shores, making it an ideal tourist...