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Casa Aleluya update

GUATEMALA | Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | Views [357]

Casa Aleluya updates:   I have grown absolutely in love with the children and staff at Casa.  I don’t know how I am going to be able to leave them!  I have become friends with the women who work there and am in love with every ... Read more >


Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, Guate

GUATEMALA | Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | Views [875]

I have gotten lazy with writing so I have way too much to catch up on!  I’m going to do one blog entry to write about the rest of the trips I have taken and I separate one to write about the last few weeks of my time in Antigua and at my orphanage.... Read more >


Tikal!

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | Views [356]

Flores, Tikal, Rio Dulce, Livingston   A couple of weekends ago I finally made the long trip to northern Guatemala to see the Mayan ruins at Tikal.  It was incredible!  I went with two of my roommates, Dave and Noah, and there ... Read more >


Antigua weeks 4 and 5

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | Views [398]

It’s been a little while since I have written anything so bear with me as I go through the last two weekends and the previous week as briefly as possible…   The morning after I got back from the lake I woke up with a horrible ... Read more >


Lago Atitlan and Chichicastenango

GUATEMALA | Saturday, 2 Feb 2013 | Views [413] | Comments [1]

Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango   Thursday night before we left for the lake we went out for my friend Josey’s birthday.  Friday morning, we were exhausted and a few of us were struggling.  I spent 10 minutes looking ... Read more >


Antigua Week 3

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | Views [293]

Iximche, Chocolate Museum, Lake Atitlan, and, of course, Casa Aleluya   Interesting things from this week at the orphanage:   I found out a really awful story about one of the young girls, Fernanda, from the orphanage. ... Read more >


Antigua Week 2

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | Views [352]

I am settling in very well in my second week in Antigua and finally getting comfortable with my schedule.  Monday morning I started back with my volunteer work at Casa Aleluya.  It was very different because all of the children 5 years and ... Read more >


El Tunco, El Salvador

GUATEMALA | Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | Views [1586]

I can now check another country off of my list of places to go.  I spent the last weekend in El Tunco, El Salvador, and it was incredible!  I went with 2 of my roommates, Dainia and Jason, and my friends Desi and Isaac.  We left Antigua ... Read more >


Starting volunteer placement and Spanish classes

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | Views [301] | Comments [1]

Life lessons learned so far:   Water temperature is directly related to water pressure; the more pressure, the warmer the water (I think.  It doesn’t actually get hot).   Guatemalans can pack more people onto ... Read more >


Coming to Antigua

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | Views [257] | Comments [1]

Sunday, January 6, I woke up, showered, and did some last minute packing.  After a quick breakfast, David, Oshi, Dani, Ari, and I piled into the car for the ride to Antigua.  They took me to the bank so I could withdraw some cash (1,000Q=$125), ... Read more >


Guatemala City Round 2

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | Views [214]

Between the beach and beginning my volunteer I had 5 nights in Guatemala City with the Farchis.  We had a lot of time to relax, watch movies, sleep, and read.  It was a lot like the beach minus the beach part.  Wednesday we went to lunch ... Read more >


Playa Likin

GUATEMALA | Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 | Views [1375] | Comments [1]

December 26 we packed up our stuff and headed to Playa Likin (playa means beach).  Dani and Ari assured us that it was nothing special, but they’re very wrong.  Their beach house is very spacious with enough beds to fit about 15 people ... Read more >


Irtra!!!

GUATEMALA | Saturday, 5 Jan 2013 | Views [779]

Sunday morning we left for the infamous Irtra, the hot spot for Guatemalan Jews for Christmas.  It is a humungous series of hotels and restaurants with two swimming pools, a small bowling alley, mini golf, a spa, raquetball courts, and massive green ... Read more >


Arrival in Guatemala City!

GUATEMALA | Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | Views [666] | Comments [2]

Hola, from Guatemala City!  I have been in Guatemala for almost 2 weeks now, and so far it has been incredible!  After waking up at 3:00 AM, spending a layover in Houston chatting with a very friendly Guatemalan family, I finally arrived in ... Read more >


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