Archive for August, 2009

Trip to Guatemala – Part 9
August 26, 2009

I have often mentioned the central park that is five blocks from Melanie’s apartment. You might be interested in some photos of the park and the buildings around it. The cathedral appears in a previous blog, so I will not repeat those photos.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 8
August 26, 2009

Everywhere I go I see and hear the rufous-collared sparrow. I suppose it is quite ordinary to local people, but I find it delightful. Its note is a chip-chip; its song is short but musical and pleasant and reminds me of the song of the Eastern meadowlark back home.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 7
August 25, 2009

On Sunday, August 23, we began the day by going for a buffet breakfast at Hotel Bonifaz.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 6
August 24, 2009

This country has many volcanoes, so when I learned that my language school was sponsoring a walking trip to a lake in the crater of a volcano, I was interested. This would be an extinct volcano, of course.

The name of the volcano and lake is Chicabal (also spelled Chikabal).

Trip to Guatemala – Part 5
August 23, 2009

Here are recent photos of las nietas, the granddaughters.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 4
August 21, 2009

Did I mention that this is a two-week vacation? We arrived August 14 and will return August 27.

It is the first total vacation we have had in the past 14 months. By “total” vacation I mean that I left my laptop at home, informed my missions colleagues that I am not available for contact, and will not read or answer work emails until I get home. This is a refreshing change of pace.

I am able to compose these vacation blogs on Julio and Melanie’s computer.

In a previous blog I mentioned the quetzal bird. (more…)

Trip to Guatemala – Part 3
August 19, 2009

On Monday, August 17, we went by rented van from Lake Atitilan to Quetzaltenango (also known as Xela), over very high mountains on roads that were constant loops and switchbacks. Since this was a main road, it was of excellent quality, four lanes except where road improvement were in process.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 2
August 18, 2009

Next we went to Hotel Atitlan, so named because it is located on the shore of the lake by that name.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 1
August 18, 2009

Here we are in the city of Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela (Shay-lah), the place where our daughter Melanie and her family lives.