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El Fin Del Viaje

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El fin del viaje. After Copan, the end of the trip was inevitably drawing near. It sounds silly to say this, but we felt as though we had come full circle, in more ways than one. Not only were we exiting out of the same city we had arrived in nearly 8 weeks before, but this time our perspective of that same city had changed just a bit. This time we weren’t so eager to stay away. Nope, this time we were going to spend 3 days in Guatemala City (gasp)!

Actually, it wasn’t so bad. Brian booked us a room in the business district, which ended up being a suite (lucky us!). We took taxis to all the museums, checked out some good restaurants, watched some TV… oh, and went shopping at the mall (brian got some SWEET shoes). I’m glad we got to see that side of Guatemala before coming home.

But, as I just said, we came home – or the closest place to home that I’m going to have for a long time. Now, as I am sitting here drinking coffee from a mug showcasing a picture of my grandma on a harley, I cannot help but think about how good we have it here – hot showers, clean water, the ability to flush both waste AND paper down the toilet – but at the same time I miss the simplicity of life in Guatemala. Brian was right. He said that I would look back at our buggy time in Rio Dulce and laugh (mainly because I just picture Brian ducking and dodging a bat in our bathroom). There were so many great times to remember!

Trip Videos can be found here.

Language Schools

  • Casa Rosario: Spanish school in San Pedro. It is very cheap, and your contributions will help the owners work with underprivileged kids in the city. However, you might find yourself getting sick of the town after a week.
  • Guatemalensis: Spanish school in Quetzaltenango (Xela). If you are serious about learning Spanish, come here and definitely participate in the homestay! We loved it! Just be sure to bring some warm clothes.

Tomorrow, I’m taking off with Brian for New York for experiences that could be nothing but the exact opposite of those we have had the past two months. He is about to start his life in New York, while I prepare for my extended travels abroad. Wish us luck!

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