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Not an authentic Guatemalan experience ... more like a spot of Yankee-land dumped by the lake, but an interesting change from staying local...
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At the beginning of this year, Justin and I talked a lot about going on a trip to Guatemala. Little did we know, before we left for our trip, Justin would propose to me and a few short months later we would be Mr. & Mrs. Bakken!
Today, Justin and I have been married for 12 days. We are on the Atlantic Ocean and just returned from …
Panajachel is a small but pretty touristy town- but touristy with good reason. It sits on the shore of lake Atitlan, a vast lake surrounded on all sides by looming, active volcanoes. It's a pretty stunning sight, even after all the glorious landscapes we've already witnessed.
But our time here wasn't about the view. We spent the next …
... was mostly fruit, vegetables and dried fish but also baskets and pots. There were no stalls as such, most traders just sat on the ground and spread their wares around themselves - this made walking round the really busy market all the harder.
Close to the market, there was a barber shop and David was in need of a haircut, not that it was close to pony tail stage, just annoying and needed a trim. ...
... where I lived
D/M: Haha what are the chances - what number were you?
G: Oh, I can't remember
D/M: We lived on the left, the second lot of houses
G: I was on the left, down a driveway with four houses, I was the house on the bottom right, facing the mangroves
D/M: That sounds a bit like where we lived
Sarah: This is unreal, you can't have lived in the same house
D/M: We were 41A
G: I was just about to say that, I wish I said that first
... relax and enjoy Lago de Atitlán.
At the lakeside, we took a 'lancha', a very basic, small boat with an outboard motor to hotel La Casa del Mundo. The lanchas act as ferry service, continually going back and forth on the lake, stopping at the various villages and private jetties. As we carried on further round the lake, the mountains seemed to get closer to the edge of the lake, to the point where buildings were actually built with a very small ...