i will post about our second and third day next because i still have to go through my photos to decide which to post. i have so many photos! our purpose for this trip was to do service in el salvador which we did the second and third day there. these photos were taken on our last day spent at the beach house. we literally did nothing, all day. it was quite nice. we swam, retrieved fresh coconuts and mangos from the trees, ate papusas, and ended the day with a fire on the beach. we felt secluded to our beach house since there wasn't a whole lot around us. we woke up early the next morning to head home and i experienced something at the airport that really frustrated me. we went through security and then they had a second security check at our gate. they went through everything in our bags and took a few of my liquid cosmetic products, even though they were under 3 oz. i was frustrated because they weren't cheap products. replaceable, yes. but still.. i got in an argument with them and they said they had to take them since they weren't in a ziplock bag. my makeup bag practically is ziplock bag.. it's clear with a zipper. they put my items in the garbage and said i can't have them. i went to vent to tanner and the girls we were with and one of them had a ziplock bag. i took it and went back to the security check telling them i want my items. at first, they said i couldn't and i started getting worked up. finally, they let me grab them, myself, out of the garbage. they did the same thing to another girl we were with and i gave her the ziplock bag after i got my items. she went to do the same thing, but they wouldn't let her get her things back. super annoying. i watched as locals went through the gate check and they were given, GIVEN ziplock bags if they had liquid items. i will now always have the little silly baggies with me now when i travel.
we left our adorable air bnb rental in guatemala around 6 AM and i don't think any of us were happier to get off our bus than when we arrived at our rental in el salvador. the drive was quite long (although very pretty) but the driver never turned the air conditioning on and it got so hot and humid. i will always love central america, but i don't do well when i am overly hot. it can definitely break me. we got into that pool as fast as we could and it felt so refreshing. the rest of the day was spent eating papusas and rice, hanging out talking (and who am i kidding, we had wifi so we were on our phones a lot) spending time at the beach and relaxing. the beach outside of our rental was not the prettiest and littered with garbage but it was beautiful in it's own different way. i never even got into the ocean because i heard the current was quite strong and at one point taylor got swept out and said he has never been so scared. i'm a wuss and always play it safe so hearing taylor say that made me stick to the pool. the town we stayed in was tiny and one you could walk through in two minutes. i kind of loved it though. we were in the heart of their culture. tanner, taylor and i went to grab food for everyone one afternoon and weren't sure if we'd even come back with some.. we finally found a little "resturaunt" in the back of someones home and ate our meals in a fly infested, dog territory, balcony overlooking the ocean. we literally had at least six dogs surrounding us watching us eat and one made me sick to look at. i'm pretty sure it had been hit by a car and it's leg was bent in a way it should not have been. i kept thinking there is no way anyone would eat what we brought back if they knew where it came from. no one got sick, i think.. it always amazes me to see how different other cultures are and what they know to be the norm. these people didn't know any different then what their living circumstances were and most likely never would. i've seen this a lot over the last few years i've been able to travel. it always, always, makes me appreciate home more.
we arrived in anitgua in the late afternoon and were feeling quite tired from the traveling so far. i wish we had more time just to hang out in our air bnb spaces because we had some good ones. this one had a lot of spanish charm and a beautiful view of a volcano. we took tuk tuks into the city after resting for a quick minute. we walked around the pretty colored streets and through the main square. we walked to the famous arch and over to a colorful local market where we bargained for some goods. they were not very easy to bargain with! they stood their ground and didn't hardly budge on prices. in the end, i did get a blanket which was what i wanted most.
i was intrigued by the charm of this city. i loved it! it had cobble stone streets and colorful buildings and people wearing the authentic dress. i love traveling with tanner but it was fun being there with other people. hopefully some day i will get back to guatemala to spend more time there and see more of the country!
so i'm really behind on updating my blog but we went to central america back in may, which actually feels like forever ago. our purpose of the trip was for some service projects in el salvador with proof, but knowing tanner, we were able to make a quick (very quick) vacation stop in guatemala. we flew out of boise and had a layover in san francisco, and then an over night layover in houston. we stayed in the airport because it didn't make sense getting a hotel. i think we all begged to differ after trying to sleep in an airport.. it's kind of the worst.
we arrived in guatemala in the early afternoon and took a private bus to our air bnb rental. our rental was amazing. it was steps from the lake with beautiful grounds. the house was actually very modern and slept us all comfortably. we didn't arrive until that evening and had a little time to visit the lake, walk around our tiny town, and grab some dinner. nothing beats central american food! i could eat it every day. the next morning we took a boat over to the main town and walked around for a bit, took a dip in the lake, ate some lunch, and then got back on the road to antigua. we didn't quite get 24 hours in lake atitlan but i'm glad we got to see it and enjoy it a little bit. it's a gorgeous lake and i loved seeing the authentic culture.