This is the place for photos and reflections of my visits to Latin America beginning in 2012. Previous blogs are linked on the main pages of my photo collections on flickr. HAPPY TRAILS!

Friday, April 12, 2013


This post is for a group of photos that represent different aspects of life - for me and for others - on Lake Atitlán, photos that didn't fit into other posts.

The Cooperativa Spanish School has been my home away from home in San Pedro since 2007 and the school is moving to new digs this weekend (mid April 2013, photo collection here); the 1st 8 photos and some of the flowers photos later in the post are from the original school.

My last trip up the lane leading to the school, with Andrea and Lencho.
Andrea and Lencho
Elena and Rocky
Delfino, garden artist
Anna from England - so happy to meet this photography professor who facilitated a photography project for Beca students.
Housemate Jon, all tuckered out after San Pedro volcano hike
View from the school
Another view: El Barrio owners' wedding at Mikaso
Garden by Mikaso
Favorite taco stand
Creative wiring
Steep street
Family scene
Toilet paper in a middle class home (really)
There were a lot of funerals while I was in San Pedro, streets full of them.
This old guy was a favorite of mine. He passed away a few weeks before my trip this year - 2nd and 3rd photos show memorial displays.
Dogs on my routes
Bella Vista Futbol
Street futbol
View of San Pedro from the road to San Juan
Neighborhood shop
School kids clean up along the lake
Hard workers
On market days this man works insanely hard. I met him later - a Beca father.
The banana pancake sisters
The cinnamon bun/banana bread lady
People watching
Beautiful park, lovingly tended by a group from the Catholic church
Easter breakfast
Lights across the lake
Last view of San Pedro from the lancha
I spent a few hours in Panajachel before heading to Guatemala City, people watching and shopping for souvenirs and used textiles.

Kids' sports parade
Textile venders
Happy ending story: I dropped my little coin purse (sentimental value, a few dollars' worth of quetzales inside) and retraced my steps an hour later. This man saw me looking and ran out of his stall to ask if I was looking for the coin purse he had found on the walk outside. Yes!
Street venders


  1. Wow, Rocky the mascot at Cooperativa got big. Here he is in October 2012. Not sure if this photo will embed...

    ...guess not, here is a link.

  2. I agree with the comment above - I was there in September and he was so tiny! Looking at these pictures makes me feel so emotional, and reminded me of a lot of little things I hadn't thought of in a while. I think I need to go back soon. Great photos!