Currently Browsing: Travel

Visiting Guatemala & Honduras: Copan, Quirigua and Rio Dulce [Part Six]

On Wednesday we boarded the bus bright and early for our more than six-hour drive to Copan, Honduras. Crossing the border from Guatemala to Honduras was an interesting process. Thankfully Tony was there to translate and give us instructions. You have to pay some sort of tax to enter Honduras, but Gate 1 took care […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Guatemala: A Full Day in Antigua [Part Five]

On our fifth day in Guatemala, we explored the historic city of Antigua. It’s equal parts charmingly laid back and bustling with action. Mayan men and women are everywhere selling homemade crafts. In the main square alone we were approached by no less than 10 women selling ornate, hand-beaded trinkets and embroidered table runners. We […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Guatemala: Santiago Atitlan and the Spanish colonial capital of Antigua [Part Four]

We left Panajachel for Antigua on the morning of our fourth day, but first we took a boat ride to Santiago Atitlan, another quaint town along the lakeshore. Dad was thrilled about the life jackets we were forced to wear. Safety first! We then squeezed ourselves into a tuk-tuk for a quick ride up to […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Guatemala: The market and graveyard at Chichicastenango [Part Three]

On our third day in Guatemala we drove from Panajachel to a popular Mayan market at Chichicastenango. But before we left, Dad and I explored the lakeshore at sunrise, watching the predawn light transition to bright blue sky shrouded with smoky haze from nearby “fire forests,” as Tony liked to call them. Local farmers burn […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Guatemala: On the road to Panajachel & Lake Atitlan [Part Two]

On our second morning in Guatemala we enjoyed breakfast at our hotel, Barceló Guatemala City, before boarding the bus for a full day of sight-seeing. We began with a windshield tour of Guatemala City. Our guide, Tony, took us to several different areas of the city, called zones, so we could get an idea of […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Guatemala: How this Central American country defied all my expectations [Part One]

When my dad called me last fall and asked if I wanted to take a trip with him, I didn’t even considering turning him down. I love to travel and my dad is a great person to go on adventures with. But when he told me he was planning a trip to Guatemala, my enthusiasm […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting California: Lake Tahoe in January

Mike and I love snowboarding.  We love snow in general.  I probably get a little bit more excited about snow than he does, but the point is we both love it.  Which is why it was a bit disappointing our trip to Lake Tahoe was scheduled during an unusually warm January. Most of the snow […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting New York: A Quick Trip to Syracuse

  Last October I spent a long weekend in Syracuse, NY as part of my graduate program at Syracuse University.  My dad lives nearby in Pennsylvania, so we also used it as an opportunity to meet up and do some exploring. On our first day, we did a quick tour of a few local waterfalls.  The […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Colorado: Grand Lake Wedding

This is really less about visiting Colorado and more about our rental car fiasco. Mike and I flew to Denver in July to celebrate a friend’s wedding (and yes, I’m just now blogging about it).  Our flights out west were uneventful and our baggage made it unscathed.  Not so fortunate was our friend Tammy, whose […]

CONTINUE READING

Visiting Virginia: Paradise Found in a Shipyard’s Shadow

It is difficult to define the word “paradise” because it means something unique to everyone. To me, paradise is an isolated cabin in the Colorado wilderness. To you, it might be a white sandy beach beside turquoise waters in the Caribbean. But paradise also can be found at a wooded site on Victory Blvd. between […]

CONTINUE READING