Flowers from the Garden of Hermano Pedro

Flowers from the Garden of Hermano Pedro
The peculiar and long-lived esquisúchil tree (scientific name Bourreria huanita) is better known locally as the “Tree of Santo Hermano Pedro.” One was planted some 350+ years ago in front of the El Calvario church in La Antigua Guatemala.
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Painting the Future in San Pedro Lake Atitlán

Painting the Future in San Pedro Lake Atitlán
In 2008 brothers José and Henry Méndez Chavajay, Maya Tz’utujil painters from San Pedro la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, found out that the children who were visiting their gallery—watching them paint and wanting to learn how themselves—were fatherless, and that their mothers were struggling to raise them and keep them in school.
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10 Tips for Learning Spanish in Guatemala

10 Tips for Learning Spanish in Guatemala
Learning Spanish can be a great asset for traveling in Latin America. Studying in Guatemala can open a door to the incredible cultural richness of Guatemala and to new Spanish-speaking friends. At the same time, learning Spanish can be daunting, especially in the beginning when you don’t know what to expect. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
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Saving the Dinner Party

Saving the Dinner Party
Isn’t it time we bring back the dinner party? There nothing more satisfying than serving delicious food in gracious surroundings where friends have gathered together to share a wonderful meal.
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The Cloud Forest Biological Corridor

The Cloud Forest Biological Corridor
Old travel mates Brenda and Brian were flying in from Vancouver for a three-day weekend and asked me to show their young daughter, Sophia, some tropical wildlife. Sophia, age nine, was already an avid naturalist and bird-watcher.
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New ‘Blood’ in the War on Malnutrition and Truancy in Guatemala

New ‘Blood’ in the War on Malnutrition and Truancy in Guatemala
Funny thing about Margaret Blood. She fits no profile of North American do-gooders who come to Guatemala. She hails not from the Bible Belt. Nor is she a hippie-esque proletarian or a homeschooling missionary mom. But a mission she has, a mission of such scope that some of her friends thought it could never be realized. But she may prove them wrong.
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Guatemalans Love Pyrotechnics

Guatemalans Love Pyrotechnics
You discovered how Guatemalans enjoy pyrotechnics the first morning you awoke before dawn to strings of pops and loud booms. Nothing serious happening, just friends celebrating a birthday or anniversary.
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Don't Let the Unexpected Ruin Your Vacation

Don't Let the Unexpected Ruin Your Vacation

Purchasing travel insurance can offer you peace of mind for your vacation. Plan for the unforeseeable future if something ends up going wrong with your vacation plans. If you have to cancel your trip or it is interrupted, you have the ability to recover all or some of your costs. On average one out of three U.S. travelers buys insurance for a trip.

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Roses in Guatemala Part II

Roses in Guatemala Part II
Now that you’ve planted those roses, which flourish so vigorously in Guatemala, what do you do with them? I once started an article for a Guatemalan newspaper with the comment that it’s hard to kill a rose here. The editor took that comment out with a rebuke, “That’s not what the readers want!”
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