|Chris with US Embassy|
|Three volcanoes outside Guatemala City |
(note the middle one is smoking)
After a few beers on his balcony, Chris's girlfriend, Monica, joined us for dinner. We went to a local steak house and our dinner was delicious. The next morning, Monica made us a traditional Guatemalan breakfast with plantains, eggs, beans, and guacamole. It was delicious.
The highlight of my weekend was Saturday night. Two months ago, when Chris and I planned this trip, I mentioned to Chris that I would like to be able to watch the Nebraska-Ohio State game. Chris is also a college football fan, so he understood. We went to watch the game at pretty big sports bar, where we had the largest plate of nachos I have ever seen. The first half of the game I was miserable. The Huskers were playing awful. The game was conspiring to ruin my weekend. THEN, the Huskers started turning it around. When Taylor Martinez scored in the 3rd quarter, I jumped up and yelled, forgetting I was in a bar full of Guatemalans who couldn't care less about this game. After the next TD, I didn't care who stared at me. By the time, Nebraska scored the winning TD, several Guatemalans were cheering on Nebraska with me. I know that I am way too emotionally attached to a football team, but this comeback really made the weekend better.
|Celebratory shot after Nebraska's win|
Sunday morning, we drove through the mountains to Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is formed by a volcanic crater and is surrounded by three volcanoes. The lake is gorgeous and the surrounding cliffs are majestic. Our hotel was fantastic. They had a botanical garden and an aviary. There was an infinity jacuzzi and TWO helipads. The nearby town of Panajachel was a fun little town. Nearby, there were a variety of adventure sports - SCUBA in the lake, kayaking, zip lines, hiking. If I were to come back to Guatemala, I could see spending several days in the area.
|My favorite photo of the weekend - Antigua|
|Check out Chris's chicken bus t-shirt. After spotting it in Antigua, we made fun of the shirt all night. |
So when we saw it in Panajachel, Chris had to buy it.
|The view from our pool at Lake Atitlan|
|One of the Macaws in the aviary. These guys were nasty. |
They would screech at me if I came near and raise their talons at me.
|This waterfall was right off the road.|