Guatemala Traveler's Log


Hey, young bloods! For those of you who don't know, I recently went on a service trip to Guatemala where I built houses for a week. Today, I'm going to share some photos and tidbits about my experience. So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy!

On the first day, we arrived in Antigua in the afternoon and went to the Hill of the Cross.


This was the view from the Hill of the Cross! Antigua is the town spread out below, and the mountain in the background is a volcano. (It's dormant, though.)


Some pizza I ate!



Some stray dogs that were putzing around <3




Here are some photos from the work site on the first day! We laid the foundation and mixed a ton of cement for grout.


AND THIS IS THE SWEET LITTLE PUPPY THAT FOLLOWED US AROUND ALL DAY.


At the end of the day, our tour guides took us to a restaurant to have crepes for dinner. We had to run through a HUMONGOUS thunderstorm to get there, and I was soaked to the bone when we finally arrived! It was fun, though.


Here is the crepe I got - the Luna Morena, which is filled with chocolate and topped with vanilla and blackberry ice cream.


This is a fruit we ate for breakfast the next day - I forget what it was called, but you eat the green seeds on the inside. It was surprisingly sweet!


Here are some pictures from the second and third days on the work site! These are some of the ducks that belonged to the family we built the house for.


My hand after painting some walls!


This is the house about midway through the third day. Right here is when the house started looking less and less like a pile of rocks and more and more like an actual home, and it was my favorite moment of the entire trip.


This is Estefani! She's the two-year-old daughter of the people we built the house for, and she's JUST THE CUTEST THING ASDFGHJKL.


Some baby ducklings that were born while we were there!


On the weekend, we took a break from working to do tourist-y things, including visiting this lovely lake in the mountains!


I got so carsick driving up there rip me.


So tree very leaf A+++.


This is the oldest church in Guatemala!


Looking down the street towards the harbor.


This is a little beaded bird I got as a souvenir! He's a quetzal, Guatemala's national bird. I've named him Rincewind!


This is a market we went to on Sunday! There was so much incredible stuff to look at; I could have spent hours in there.


Some clay figurines!


Little colorful animals!


Later in the afternoon, we went ziplining! I couldn't take any pictures while I was there, but this is a view from the mountain where we did it. (We went over this huge canyon and it was so amazing asdfghjkl.)



And finally, during our last dinner there I spotted this little kitten sitting on the roof! (Tbh he's ten times more hardcore than I will ever be.)

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures, and I'm quite excited to get back in the swing of posting again! Have a wonderful day, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

14 comments:

  1. looks like you had a wonderful time!! thanks for sharing xo

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    1. I'm glad you liked the photos :)

      - Ellie

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    1. I did! (Btw, I love your new profile picture.)

      - Ellie

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  3. I've been there Antigua is beautiful. Those crepes look really good, love the yellow paint. I think that is a passion fruit.

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    1. IKR??
      Yeah, there were three teams: yellow (mine), turquoise, and blue. (Why they chose both turquoise and blue is a mystery to me tbh.) Whatever color team you were, that's what you painted your house!

      - Ellie

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  4. What an amazing trip! I'm glad you had a great time! That is so awesome :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed! It really was an awesome experience.

      - Ellie

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    1. It really was! I'm so thankful I got to go :)

      - Ellie

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  6. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had an amazing time.
    ~Kathryn

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  7. this trip looks like an amazing experience and sounds like you had a great time. i love the pics <3

    xx
    em

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