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Cottage at Lago de Atitlán

May 29th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Guatemala | Lodging | The Places We've Been - (8 Comments)
Yard and Patios

We have been thrilled with our choice of lodging for the month of May, a two room cottage at PasajCap just east of San Marcos La Laguna at Lago de Atitlán in Guatemala. The property is accessible by car, boat, and helicopter (woot woot!) and features a lancha dock, a swimming dock, space for parking, … Read more

Lancha Ride

This is a series detailing some of what appear at first to be more mundane details of a place, but will hopefully be illuminating as insights into the grind behind the “glamour.”  Water, Laundry, and Cleaning This month we’re renting a two room cabin just east of San Marcos La Laguna on a property that houses … Read more

Beets

Diego, our neighbor and gardener, stopped me on the path outside of our casita about a week ago and asked me if we might want some extra lettuce he’d grown. When I gladly accepted, he extended the offer to include something I didn’t understand, but when he explained them as round and red, I assumed … Read more

Border Crossing: Mexico / Guatemala

May 12th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Border Crossings | Dogs | Guatemala | Mexico - (7 Comments)
Mexico/Guatemala Border

We cross borders by land in a CR-V with US passports and our two dogs. We do not carry drugs or weapons or disallowed fruit (usually). These articles are not a definitive guide to crossing borders nor should they be used as a sole source of information. They are our experiences. When, Where, and Which … Read more

Chilaquiles

Our fourth and final month in Mexico, photos of which are included in the slideshow below, demonstrated the breadth and variety of both landscapes and cultures within the country. Since December, we had traveled through deserts and along beaches, over mountains and into jungles. We saw abundant street food become meaty street food and then … Read more

Church at Chamula

The smell of firs was subtle, nearly overrun by the fragrant smoke dancing wildly away from large, incense-filled chalices. Windows near the vaulted wood roof shed a faint light on thousands and thousands of tiny flames, each sitting atop a thin candle that had been balanced carefully into a grid with hundreds of other wax … Read more

Weight Machines

This is a series detailing some of what appear at first to be more mundane details of a place, but will hopefully be illuminating as insights into the grind behind the “glamour.”  Groceries Our host has a large, beautiful, organic garden full of colorful blooms and a wide variety of edible greens that she welcomed … Read more

Palenque

April 25th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Mexico | Parks | Slideshow Pictures | The Places We've Been - (4 Comments)
Palace Observatory or Watchtower

When deciding where to spend the month of April, we were drawn in the direction of San Cristobal de las Casas in part by the proximity of Palenque. Palenque is both a modern town of just over 37,000 inhabitants about 135 miles northeast of SCLC and also the ruins of an ancient city some 5.5 miles … Read more

Amazing Cloud at the South End

The Team: Jaguares de Chiapas (Chiapas Jaguars) The League: Liga MX, the 18 team, top-tier league of Mexico’s 4 division fútbol system The Cost: Tickets, which can be purchased at the sales window at the stadium, range from 50 pesos each ($4 USD) for seats behind the goal line to 1,000 pesos each ($80 USD) for suites. We paid … Read more

SCLC Centro on a Quiet Morning

San Cristobal de las Casas (SCLC), sometimes called the cultural capital of the Mexican state of Chiapas, will be our home for the month of April. One state and about 9 hours of driving east of San Sebastian Etla, San Cristobal sits about 2,100 feet higher in elevation amidst the Central Highlands of southern Mexico … Read more