Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 30th: Antigua Arrival!

It's Natalie here with the news that the team arrived safety and together (mostly) yesterday afternoon.

Julian will post photos later of our adventurous day. It took a lot of interesting uses of resources to find our driver and Sandy and Dave with little money and no cell phones but we got to Antigua fine. The driver did not believe we knew where we were going so it took a little longer than expected but we got there in our two rooms next to each other-- students in a triple (with HOT WATER) and mentors in a double.

Dinner was fantastic at La Pena de Sol Latino-- Sandy wanted to go even though she's been here every time she's in Antigua (it is one of her all time favorite restaurants apparently). Herbert and I did not resist because the food and atmosphere there is pretty great. The owner is an American musician who moved to Antigua who hoped to be able to play with his band for a living. He searched for good places to play music every night and couldn't find any so he made his own restaurant. Check online and see for yourself-- the reviews are all really good. Julian should post pictures later of our meals...and most importantly the deserts.

We really wanted to have an exciting night in Antigua-- I even took a nap in preparation. I woke up from my nap at 5:35am... I don't feel too bad for missing out, it seems like the guys knocked out too; none of us slept much the night before our flight.

Now we are getting ready for breakfast at Black Cat. Today we will be leaving at 9am to go down to the community. We have our concerns about the progress of the project; we will have to see the extent of the work completed and then figure out our game plan for the trip after that. Before we arrive in NSCI, Sandy found out about this famous market in Chimaltenango that has great bargains on Wednesday and Sunday that we will check out for a bit to see if we can pick up some souvenirs.

Herbert and Julian say hello, Julian just missed out on his chance for probably his only hot shower in Guatemala. Post more stories & news and pics when we get the chance. Post comments, lets make this interactive!

Talk later,


  1. yes Julian it was a newbie mistake everyone goes through that once. lollll

  2. Thanks for the fun post, Natalie. Glad you all got there safely and happily. It sounds like your awesome day is well worth the sleepless night before your flight!

    Can we see a brief trip goals list so everyone knows what we're aiming for these two weeks?

  3. The Black Cat has a great breakfast.