Last week we dropped the three Littles off at the airport in Guatemala City to go back to Utah. Yep, we just dropped them outside and sent them on their way. The resourceful little things. Actually their father came to get them and he brought his father along to help because three little children and an entire day of airports and airplanes and luggage is a terrifying feat so two adults to three monkeys was a better ratio.
My fifteen and ten-year-old and I spent the night before packing up everything but our violins and the shirts on our backs because we had some ideas about doing some more traveling and we didn’t want to take a bunch of stuff along. We still have way too much stuff. Where does it hide??
We got up at 2:00 am to catch a shuttle to the city (a miserable ride as usual because of the bumpy, winding roads) and we made it to the airport at 7:30 am to see everyone off. What a relief when the stress of that was over with.
We spent a couple of days in Guatemala City shopping, riding horses, and bowling, we made a stop at a violin maker’s shop and then we spent a couple of nights in Antigua before coming back to Panajachel. We celebrated Valentines in Antigua by eating way too much chocolate (Kate took a chocolate cooking class), buying jewelry, eating Thai food and getting massages. Traveling with a 15 and a 10-year-old is so much more fun than traveling with a 1, 4, and 6-year-old! Remind me to leave the Littles home next time. When I have a home. If there is a next time. 🙂
Since we want to see some other places while we have the chance I told Kate that she had one week to do all the things she’s been wanting to do here in Panajachel. She signed us up for Spanish classes and paragliding, tomorrow she is scuba diving in beautiful Lake Atitlan and Monday the girls are taking a horseback riding tour around the lake. I’m going to skip that one because I think 5 hours on a horse would cripple me.
Then we will be on our way. We’ll see where we end up!