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Getting Robbed In Guatemala City

October 11, 2011

The Door

On Sunday night, my last night in Guatemala, I went out to meet Conie, someone I met through couchsurfing. She is a journalist and seemed really interesting. I was looking forward to meeting her. The plan was to meet at the entrance of the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) in Central Park. She came and we […]

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Guatemala City – Avoiding Danger And Eating Tongue

October 10, 2011

Mocca Mint Coffee - amazing

I came to Guatemala City for the weekend on my way to Honduras. I heard there wasn’t much to do or see, and that it is very dangerous. It’s all relative, I suppose, but I had a good time here. And how could I not have a good time? Look at the first cafe I […]

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The Nicest Guy In Guatemala City, Making My Arrival Significantly Better

October 9, 2011

The Nicest Guy In Guatemala City

I left Maya Pedal on Friday and took a chicken bus to Guatemala City. Thankfully, the bus wasn’t crowded since I went in the early afternoon. When we got to Guatemala City, I asked the guy in front of me if the bus went to the city center. He wasn’t much help, but the guy […]

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Volunteering At Maya Pedal in Guatemala – Changing Lives One Bike At A Time

October 8, 2011

Me Riding Bike Machine Blender

I spent the past week volunteering at Maya Pedal. I think the best introduction I could possibly give is by showing the video below. Unfortunately, it’s in Spanish. But I think the visuals offer all you need to understand this organization and how it impacts peoples’ lives. Maya Pedal is an NGO that receives donated […]

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Photo Friday – The Fast And The Furious Rikshaw – San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala

October 7, 2011

The Fast And The Furious Richshaw - Taken Oct 4, 2011 - San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala

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Rainy Season In Guatemala/Central America

October 6, 2011

Rainy Season in Central America

This is what rainy season is like here in Central America. It depends on the location, but typically September and October are the rainiest time. Here in Guatemala, it doesn’t really rain the other 10 months of the year. But during the rainy season it rains basically every day.

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A Wonderful Night – A Street Food Experience To Remember

October 5, 2011

Wonderful Street Food Experience in San Andres Itzapa Guatemala

I am writing this on Sunday 2-Oct-11. Another volunteer told me that on Sundays you can find great street food right here on the street where I’m staying. I was planning to go out to an internet café around dinner time anyway, so it was a perfect fit. But instead of just grabbing some quick […]

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Antigua, Guatemala – Volcanoes, Earthquakes, And Extranjeros

October 4, 2011

View Of The Volcano From Arch

Maya Pedal doesn’t work on the weekends, so I headed to Antigua on Sunday. Antigua was once the capital of Guatemala. It has seen its share of disasters. Earthquakes in 1717 and 1773 destroyed the city. Church ruins today are tourist attractions, but they are relics of past disasters. Similarly, the city is surrounded by […]

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Surviving My First Chicken Bus Ride

October 3, 2011

Guatemalan Chicken Buses

From Quetzeltenango (aka Xela) I took a “chicken bus” to San Andres Itzapa. To say it was an experience is an understatement. A chicken bus is an old American yellow school bus that has been repainted (and probably retrofitted). It provides a very affordable way to travel between cities in Guatemala. Other cities in Latin […]

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Quetzaltenango/Xela, Guatemala

October 2, 2011

Taco Bell In Guatemala

I spent less than a day in Quetzaltenango (aka Xela), Guatemala. I left San Cristobal on Friday and spent the night in Xela. The people at Maya Pedal were all out of town Friday night, so I decided to break up the journey and see another Guatemalan city in the meantime. Though Xela is the second-biggest […]

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Crossing Into Guatemala – And Probably Paying My First Bribe

October 1, 2011

Welcome To Guatemala Sign

Crossing the border from Mexico to Guatemala proved to be a much different experience than I expected. The day started by getting picked up at 7:30am near where I was staying. I was the first pickup. Three Israelis, a Mexican, and a Dutchman joined along the way. From San Cristobal to the border is about […]

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