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Dec 8, 2018 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Our travel agent booked us on a coffee plantation tour in the Guatemala. So when we got off the boat, there was no bus to pick us up. Seems that another cruise ship took out the cruise dock, so we were at a commercial dock which private tour buses were not allowed. We were told to ride a local bus to the cruise dock. Well we all made it on different vehicles and walk through the shopping areas at the cruise dock, but no bus to meet us. Again Oralia Keeme who speaks Spanish and saved us at the airport in Miami got the info we needed. Our...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Tom’s Birthday, Guatemala

Tom’s Birthday, Guatemala Feb 28 The stewards decorated our stateroom with a Happy Birthday sign and pompoms hanging from the ceiling. Quite festive for Tom’s 77th birthday. The ship was docked in an unusual place due to a tanker that had an oil spill. Not easy to get to shore. We just lazed around and didn’t even go into Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala since we were in port for a short time. Dinner was at Prime C with wonderful lamb chops and veal fillet. A birthday cake accompanied our dessert. Tom had a wonderful day.

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Jan 19, 2018 - Sea day

Jan 19 Sea day today. The temperature was warm but the sun was very hot. It felt like it was burning on my skin. I went to the gym as usual and did a lot of walking on the ship. Later the hot tub felt so good. We read for awhile on the balcony. We played bean bag toss but were eliminated on the first round again. There are a lot of good, or at least lucky, players this cruise. It was windy, but the boat was steady. Tonite, the show was Getaway Island, 60s beach party. Music of the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett and others. It was pretty good,...

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Jan 18, 2018 - Puerto Quetzel, Guatemala

Jan 18 We were late getting in to Puerto Quetzal Guatemala today. Puerto Quetzal is named after Guatemala’s national bird, the resplendent quetzal. The word comes from the Nahuatl “quetzalli”, meaning large, brilliant tail feather. Last night's winds slowed us down a lot. There is not much in the port area. There was a small area with souvenir shops and restaurants (as there is a marina right there too). It was mostly under a canopy of trees so you could barely tell anything was there. As we walked through, we were bombarded with the local...

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Mar 8, 2011 - Crocodiles, Sea Turtles, and Mariachi

Hello Family and Friends, It’s been a ridiculously long time since we have sat down to write a blog. It seems that every time we would have a few hours to write, we fill it with something else – a bike ride or a dinghy excursion, a boat project, skyping family and friends, a road trip inland. But we have now sailed south out of Mexico and in to Guatemala and there are too many images and reflections of Mexico to go unshared. Since our last blog as we were leaving Mazatlan, we have sailed another 1200 nautical miles of Pacific Mexico. We had...

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Chirpy Ventures

May 15, 2010 - Fliessende Lava

Dieser Tag startete sehr sehr frueh: um 6 war Meeting Point in der Hotellobby. Da wir ja unter besagtem JETLAG leiden, waren wir eh schon seit locker 5 wach! Mit einem kleinen Van ging es dann samt Englaenderinnen, Franzosen, einer bei der UN arbeitenden Griechin und einem Iren in Richtung Vulkan Pacaya. Die Fahrt war wie wir spaeter herausfinden werden, typisch guatemaltekisch! Wilde Kurven, rasende Fahrer, Steinschlag auf der Strasse, wilde Ueberholmanoever, ... } Nichts fuer schwache Nerven also (und fuer schwache Maegen!). Beim Pacaya...

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Mar 10, 2010 - Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa

Folks at Hotel were very helpful...told us to go to Santiago by boat first, then catch the bus to Santa Lucia...which we did. Left at 9:15 and arr at 2pm checked into Hotel International. It was quite amazing how fast the temp and humidity change, in a matter of 1-2 km it went from coolish, mtn air to hot, humid air. The mtns around lake Atitlan look very forested, as if pristine almost from a distance but having travelled by bus thru them the story is quite different. Most of the trees standing are there (planted?) to shade the coffee...

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Jan 26, 2010 - Antigua

We hated to say goodbye to Panajachel and Lake Atetlan but off we went to Antigua. On the way we stopped at a Macadamia Nut plantation owned by an ex fireman from Los Angles. He has worked hard to introduce the product into Guatemala that could give the Maya an income. He appeared to be very dogmatic about many things but when pressed knew what he was expounding. The environment was first. Then on to Antigua, La Antigua Guatemala (commonly referred to as just Antigua or La Antigua) is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for...

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Route of the Maya

May 1, 2009 - Preparing to Leave Guatemala

Well, it is time to prepare to leave Guatemala. We have had a very enjoyable three weeks here and it has been nice to be in one place for a while. It has given us the opportunity to meet a number of people, both locals and fellow travellers. During our stay here we have learned some very interesting things. When Cory and Elaine would get together after their Spanish classes, they would share with each other what they had learned from their teachers. For instance in Guatemala, if a woman is ready to wean her child off of breastfeeding, she...

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Apr 25, 2009 - The Hot Date

The HOT Date Have I told you how amazing Cory and Elaine are? We have been traveling now for over a month and you know the expression “ three’s a crowd”. Well, I decided they deserved a day to themselves. Cory planned to take Elaine on a hot date overnight leaving Friday afternoon. They were both quite giddy with anticipation, and after school they packed up their bags for their overnight adventure. Imagine my surprise to see them 6 hours later soaking wet. Apparently, they arrived at their destination and were instantly soaked to the skin...

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Dec 26, 2005 - Weihnachtsferien

Per Shuttle fuhren wir von Antigua nach Monterico. Zurueck ins Cafe del Sol, ins Zimmer Nr. 2. Es war schoen, dass wir alles schon kannten und wussten, was uns erwarten wird. Wir richteten uns ein und fingen mit unserer Hauptbeschaeftigung der naechsten Woche an: nichtstun. Wir badeten zweimal im Tag im schon fast ein wenig zu warmen Meer, kuehlten uns im Pool ab, arbeiteten uns durch die im Hotel vorhandenen Buecher (ja sogar teilweise in Deutsch), spazierten am einsamen Strand entlang oder lagen einfach nur faul in der Haengematte....

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