Hello Again!! Kendall here for the last little wrap up of our trip. On May 16 we started our trek back to Guatemala City. Before we reached our final destination we visited a beautiful waterfall on our way up. Then we began the 3(ish) hours to Anitigua. Before we got to Antigua, (we were about 10 miles out), we got a flat tire. Our wonderful driver, Guillermo, hopped right out and got right to work on fixing the tire. After about 30 minutes we were back on the road.
We arrived in Antigua about 1-1:30 and oh my goodness it was breath taking. The old churches and the architecture, holy smokes. We were all pretty hungry after the bus ride and got some coffee and food at a little cafe called CafeBarista. Antigua is very beautiful. It reminded me of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with the old beautiful charm, but had a modern twist in some places as well. I think it is some place everyone should go just once to see the beauty. Although be prepared to be asked if you would like to buy something every two steps. We also visited the market place in Antigua, which was massive!!! We walked in and there is a fountain in the center. Well there were 8 different pathways we could take with shops on both sides and vendors trying to get you to buy their items.
After the market we went to a few churches that had been in Antigua since the 13th century or so. Just these beautiful buildings that have exposed bricks and iron fences speckled throughout the town.
A rainstorm was on its way towards Antigua, so we made our way back to the Cafe to wait for our bus. A few folks toured an old Church nd made it back just before the rainstorm. We boarded the bus and made our way to Guatemala City. I never want to drive there because there are NO rules it seems like. We stayed at the Novo Hostal on a compound, somewhat near the airport.
Wake up was, at the latest, 4:30am so we could get on the bus to make our way home. So as I am writing this I have been up since 4:30am Bozeman time without any sleep 🙂 gotta love traveling!!! We got to the airport in Guatemala City a little before 5am and started our long journey back to the US. Let’s see, we didn’t need to pay an exit fee, which was marvelous! And super duper uneventful. The US customs and such was pretty uneventful as well. We have had long layovers and have been roaming the airports. Some of us have even ventured into getting more beans and rice!
To finish off would say that this was a very humbling experience and a learning experience at how much we take for granted. I was complaining about taking a cold shower and after that I thought, there would be many people who would be so grateful to have water to bathe and to cook with, no matter if it was freezing cold! This trip brought me a mix of emotions, happiness, sadnes, humility, gratefulness, even a little bit of want. A want to be able to live without many possessions, but still being able to enjoy life and find the happiness in the small things, like having water at the ready. There are so many things to be grateful for and I challenge all of us to remember how fortunate we are and to keep in our prayers those who may not have as many possessions as us, but whose lives and happiness are just as important.