Blogs from Western Highlands, Guatemala, Central America Caribbean - page 8


Lately life has consisted of figuring out our TRAMA jobs. It's definitely going to be a time-consuming task while we're here, but we're both very excited for it. We took more pictures and started officially responding to messages. We're also practicing our Spanish with Amparo, one of the presidents (there's a president and a vice-president; I'm not positive who is in which position, but I believe Amparo is the president and Oralia is the V.P.). I'm sure as time goes on we'll practice more with Oralia and the ladies who sell their works to TRAMA. I included a picture of the empanadas we made. There were so many I think they were the only thing we ate for about 4 days. I also threw in a picture I took of us Facetime-ing (just like Skype...) with ... read more
Instagram Selfie
Roger working :)
Finally a picture of the EMPANADAS

Roger and I are both volunteering for the most wonderful organization. It's a woman's co-op called TRAMA Textiles. We are officially in charge of photographs (since Roger has the nicest camera) and updating/re-organizing their Etsy page. Since neither of us are very familiar with Etsy, we definitely signed up for a challenge. We have plenty of time though, and all the people we've met so far have been so kind and helpful. There's a mix of English and Spanish being spoken there, although I think among the volunteers, it's usually mostly English. About TRAMA: It's comprised of over 400 women from 17 different areas of Guatemala. Almost, if not all, of the women are victims of civil wars, or other internal battles that have essentially left them as the sole breadwinner for their family. As a ... read more
The Store
A hand woven dress
Christi making a scarf

DOUBLE BLOG POST FOR TODAY! We climbed Cerro el Baúl, like I said we were going to do in the previous post, and it was so kick-butt, I had to write up the post for it now before I forgot too much. We took a million pictures-- I'll upload our favorites. Basically, we walked through town for around a half hour, almost all uphill. Roger knew the way, so even though I felt completely lost we were totally on track the whole time. Once we got to the base of the cerro, we started our real hike. By the way, cerro is a word I don't think we really have in English. A cerro is bigger than a hill, but not quite a mountain. Cerro el Baul has an elevation of about 8,700 feet, so we ... read more
Other Purple Flower
Peek of the scenery
Cross - front

Seeing as how the local high school marching bands have started up with Feliz Navidad over and over again, Roger and I are once again getting out of town -- this time to a "hill" called Cerro El Baúl. It's apparently a forest on top of a lava dome. As far as I can make it out, it's one of the only protected national parks in Quetzaltenango. We've heard it's an hour hike, and then there's like a flat, sitting/rest area which I think is as high up as you can go, then of course, an hour back down. We're making a light lunch, and we'll be sure to pack our camera. Tripadvisor has quite a few different reviews from people who have made the trip. So far, the only real complaint is that it's not ... read more

And know all you lovely readers know how to say EARTHQUAKE! in Spanish :) You are welcome. (For those a bit unobservant, it's terremoto, the title of this wonderful blog post). Yes that's right folks, today Roger and I experienced our first noticeable earthquake! I say noticeable, because right after it happened I facebooked our neighbor Dan, asked if it was, indeed, an earthquake that just rattled our apartment and he informed us that really tiny earthquakes happen every day, we're just not noticing them! He said this one today was a little bigger than "teeny tiny," which are the words I used to describe it. We weren't actually sure if it was an earthquake or just like, crazy super strong wind blowing at first. Our mirror hanging on the wall almost fell off and our ... read more

Dear San Pedro La Laguna, In two days' we will be leaving you for a short time to visit Mexico. We will embark on this journey via Chicken Bus and will most likely be on a series of buses, facing certain dangers and more than likely, some very disgusting and/or disturbing images as we go. While we truly enjoy eating fresh coconuts and papas fritas from tiny brown bags sold on the buses by vendors for 5 Q's, we really don't enjoy seeing people with missing limbs or eyeballs. Also, we can do without many of the smells we smell on the bus. But we will enjoy the on-board movies, music videos in Spanish and English and the crazy conversations we sometimes have with the Indigenous people. We will leave behind our most prized possessions for ... read more

Yesterday Roger and I decided to try and walk to the base of the volcano, Santa Maria. According to google maps, it would be about a 10k walk there (obviously 10k back too) and all together probably take 4 and a half hours. Since we like sleeping in, we got a late start and decided to just walk as far as we wanted to on the same route. We were gone total for 2 hours and 18 minutes so we assume we went about half way. I'm putting up pictures from the walk there. It was so nice being out of the city for a little bit. We were surrounded by corn farms and mud! There were lots of animals too, like cows, chickens/roosters, a goat thing (we were too far away to tell if it ... read more
Corn (and montanas)
Clouds between Mountains
Smirking Dog

We have cable down here, and we've been picking up a lot of baseball games from the US, so we have very high hopes we can watch the Vikings v Steelers game today! I, personally, have very high hopes that I can just stay in and relax all day :) I want a lazy day! Especially after yesterday-- Roger dragged me to 5! different music stores so he could buy a bass guitar. Okay - drag is a bit of an over exaggeration...I even encouraged him to keep looking until he found the bass he really loved but still! I did not think it would be an all-afternoon excursion. We went to the big market again too, just to pick up a few ingredients for Ceviche. We bought fresh shrimp and spent awhile ripping off heads ... read more
Failed Ceviche
Clouds over Mtns

Yesterday, despite both of us battling some type of head cold, we ventured out to a different market. It's the biggest one around, and there are a TON of stuff. It's seriously blocks and blocks of vendors selling clothes, make ups, soaps, shoes, underwear, everything material. Then, inside, it's a congested maze of fruits, veggies, meats, rices, grains, all types of food items. We bought some basics and then also went a little crazy and bought fresh shrimp. The plan is to try and make ceviche tomorrow. Obviously pictures will go up if it's successful :) The only other time I've had ceviche is in Costa Rica, so to me it's very much a Central America thing. Roger says his mom makes a really good one, so when we get back, I'll have to ask her ... read more
Front of Peacock
Back of Peacock
Wall Hanging Front

Nothing too exciting has been happening over here. Just a lot of walking around and discovering new little things about our new home. We've been trying to get to the market as much as possible, so we can become acquainted with all the things they sell there. We bought a whole bunch of groceries yesterday and made a dish native to Guatemala (Xela, to be even more specific) called Jocon (there should be an accent over the second O, but I don't know how to type that). I'll upload some pictures of us making it. It's basically shredded chicken in a green sauce (cilantro, jalapenos, scallions, and tomatillos make the sauce green) some rice. It was super good - we both loved it. We stayed away from the market today and explored the area right around ... read more
Walking into the apt
View from right inside our door

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