We couldn't have hoped for a smoother trip south. We rose with the sun on Wednesday and headed from The Dalles to Lebanon to visit my wonderful Dad
then slept near PDX and headed across the new carpet and past the very Portlandesque food trailers and away from Oregon...
...to Guatemala City where nice driver José met us and drove us to Antigua.
We enjoyed waking up at our favorite little hotel there, Casa Cristina.
That's La Merced from the rooftop terrace.
We had a típico breakfast a few doors down at Fernando's
then spent a few hours strolling around Antigua.
Next we headed with nice driver Alfredo Garcia (recommended: alf.transport (at) yahoo.com ) to Panajachel on Lake Atitlán,
then across the lake on a boat and on a tuktuk to our home away from home, Ti Wachooch. For those of you new to my blog, Mike and I are building an apartment and a rooftop terrace on top of the home of dear friends Mynor and Josefa and their 2 awesome boys. We arrived just in time to celebrate Mynor's birthday - a special way to reconnect with this beloved family whose space we share.
The 6 of us enjoyed a nice birthday dinner out with live music at the Mikaso Hotel before turning in for the night.
After a beautiful sunrise and a relaxing morning,
we reconnected with favorite shortcuts (and half a dozen Beca Project friends!)
enroute to the beautiful Cooperativa Spanish School where we confirmed our Spanish classes for next week.
We made some important stops at the market for vegetables, nuts, spices, and beans
then spent the afternoon and evening settling in and relaxing,
making a memorable dinner together,
and enjoying the neighborhood views from the terrace.
You can find the complete photo collections for this trip HERE.