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A Day in the Life: Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala

May 18th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in A Day in the Life | Guatemala | The Places We've Been

This is an installment in an ongoing post series detailing a typical day in one of our destinations. Not everything in this schedule might happen on any given day, but it should give you a good idea of our usual activities.

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala5:00 AM - Thought we won’t see it for another hour, the sun’s first rays crawl over the mountains above Panajachel. Half of the mornings here have  been perfectly clear and still, the other half foggy and mystic. A quick look over our shoulder from bed tells us which type of morning it will be.

5:30 AM – We spring roll out of bed, usually to environs lit up in pastels. Within seconds coffee is brewing (Ian), the tea kettle is one the stovetop (Brie), and our sliding doors have been thrown open to let in the cool morning air.

6:00 AM – Educational and personal enrichment, catching up on news articles, studying Spanish (Ian), taking classes on Coursera (Brie), etc.

7:00 AM – Work time for Ian. Yoga and meditation for Brie.

8:45 AM – Work time for Brie. Granola-based cereal for desayunos.

10:30 AM – Head down to the dock to swim and sun. Some days the dogs get to come with us; Maya swims, fetches her tennis ball, and climbs the ladder while Olmec finds himself a nice shady spot to lay down.

11:30 AM – Lunchie lunch. Leftover soup or some simple pasta. Back to work.

4:00 PM – Ian goes running or does Crossfit Central America style (which basically means finding large medium-sized rocks or other heavyish things and lifting/throwing them).

5:00 PM – Brie whips up some banana-mango smoothies. Lately there have been some beets in the mix too.

5:10 PM – Walk into San Marcos la Laguna to pick up anything we need, which usually means Brahva or Gallo. We usually check out what’s going on at the covered basketball court in the center of town; so far we’ve seen some basketball games, chamusca (pickup futsal), and a traditional dance ceremony.

6:00 PM – Wrap up work, write blogs, cook if it’s a cooking day, etc. On many days, the a rain shower will set in sometime between now and dinner.

7:30 PM – Dinner. We’ve been on soups again this month. Cooking every fourth day is fantastic.

8:00 PM – Weeds. We’re about halfway through Season Three. No spoilers, please!

Maya swims in Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala

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