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Español (W8&9): A Holiday with the 'Rents

The same beautiful sights I've seen before but this time with luxurious hotels, stacks of delicious food, plenty of wine and some quality catch up time with my beloved M & D...

It was lovely seeing Mum and Dad again, we had an amazing two weeks together, going back to some of the sights I’d seen before like Guatemala’s old UNESCO World Heritage city of Antiugua, Lago Atitalan National Park and the communities round the lake and I obviously introduced M&D top my home town of Xela and some of the sights around Western Guatemala as well.

This might not have been my first time at any of these places, but we still managed to do a few things I’d not done before, including...

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...visiting Iximche (another Mayan ruins) on the way to the lake...

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...visiting Santa Catalina (on the lake), and doing some shopping...
(I don't like shopping as you know, but mother darling insisted)

...we bathed the Fuentes Georgians (some beautiful hot springs close to Xela)...

...we climbed Chicabal (as I did before), but this time we saw the active Santiaguito (my first sighting of an active volcano)...

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...we went on a coffee tour and we got to see the coffee plants being grafted...
(not something I’ve seen before, despite the number of coffee tours I have been on)

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...and we went on a tour of Antigua and I managed to see many things during this tour I’d not seen before...
A beautiful garden (right), and me and mum posing in a mirror (left)

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The proof that Antigua belongs to Coca Cola (left)
This is branded on ever lamp post in this city

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The jade factory, watching the workers polish up and shape the jade for jewelery (right)

We also stayed in some truly lovely hotels during the trip; I squealed when I stepped into that first hotel room in Antigua; Mum sure does know how to pick them. And the two hotels we stayed in on the lake were beautiful as well.

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My room in Hotel Antigua (Mum also has some lovely photo's of the pool).

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The second hotel, Laguna Atitalan, on the lake was just as nice

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And this is us in the hotel grounds going for a little (steep) walk, with lovely views

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And mum and dad relaxing in the hammocks!!

Along with this there was undoubtedly far too much wine drunk, in-between the food, sights, and walking we also had some good reading sessions and some good chats. All in all it was a lovely holiday and a nice break from Spanish school for me; it is back to the books tomorrow though, and I am looking forward to getting stuck into it again!

Posted by marajade1_200 12:08 Archived in Guatemala

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Sounds like a lovely holiday for all! Hope they had a good trip.

by Lou

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