So I've returned to Xela after 6 weeks on the road, traveling through Guatemala and Mexico. The trajectory of my journey changed a bit -- I opted not go into Honduras and Belice, as I was enjoying getting to know Guatemala. I have troubled views of tourism in general at this point, and I was working through these views on my sojourn. Nevertheless, I'm thrilled to be back in Xela. I am volunteering almost everyday at a home, called Hogar Abierto (Open Home) for children of Xela -- taking them exercising, running, teaching English, playing games, eating, cooking. I opted not to return to language school, as I feel as though my Spanish is at a point where I only need to converse in order to improve. I also interview tomorrow to be an English teacher here in the mornings, while continuing to volunteer in the afternoon and evenings. But enough about my time here now. Here's my time passed...
Una caminata a Lago Atitlán
Thorbjorn getting ready for the
first leg of our journey.
I began my travels by embarking on the three-day hike from Quetzaltenango to Lake Atitlán -- about a 50km journey. It was gorgeous, replete with rolling hills, cloud forests, pueblos, and rivers. The hike was let by Quetzaltrekkers, the organization with which I now volunteer. However, it rained 80% of the time, and I got violently ill on the second day. Let's just say I marked a lot of territory on this journey. Therefore, there weren't many photos taken. But I do have a few.