Guatemala, part 2: Lake Atitlan

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“Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.” –Aldous Huxley Our departure from Flores was less eventful than our arrival, with no travel hiccups (well, save…

Journey to the Land of Eternal Spring

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This post is long overdue. We went to Guatemala in early September, almost at the end of summer, and here we are on the first day of winter. Where did the time go? The autumn was taken up with working, cooking, exploring our own neighborhood, catching up with friends and family…so much of that in…

Postcard from La Antigua

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We arrived home quite late Friday night, after a long travel day that included a few frustrations at the Miami airport. Will write about that later. Here for now, our final “postcard” of some of the sights of La Antigua Guatemala, a place we really did fall in love with quite…

Postcard from Lago de Atitlán

Like all good postcards, this arrives after we’ve left our last location. Spending time in this spectacularly beautiful area is something I would highly recommend. We’ll write in more detail later about the various villages and activities on the lake, but for now, just a few images to pique your interest. Our home for five…

Postcard from Tikal #2

> > Enjoying our time in Guatemala immensely! We’ll write about our trip in more detail when we get home, but for now, here are a few more images from Tikal, this time of some flora & fauna we encountered on our sunrise hike through the jungle. > > > > > > Coati, little…

Next stop: Guatemala

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While last year saw us blogging throughout the many, many months of planning, organizing, research and bookings that led up to our amazing India/Nepal trip* in October, this year we’ve been mostly silent on this blog about where this year’s vacation is. Not because it’s a secret, but because compared to last…

The Art of Packing

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On our first trip–our honeymoon sixteen years ago–we brought one large wheeled suitcase, a smaller wheeled roll-aboard, a carry-on duffel bag, and two personal bags. That trip was 11 days, all in Great Britain, where, although neither of us had ever been, we could be relatively certain of the conditions and…

Going to Kathmandu

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Sorry for the delay in getting to this final city from our Indian & Nepal adventure. It’s somewhat surreal to me that it’s been just over six months since we boarded a flight towards this amazing part of the world. And it really has taken us almost this long to sort through not just our actual photographs, but our…

Discovering Kali in the City of Night (Part 2)

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After a great first couple of days in Kolkata, we were keen to see what the next two days would hold. (If you missed Kolkata part 1, click here to read it.) Our third day in the city coincided with Kali Puja, and we decided to make our way to Mullik Ghat, by the Hoogly river…

Discovering Kali in the City of Night (Part 1)

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Our arrival in Kolkata* was surprisingly green. I don’t know why we didn’t expect it; after all, the city is in a tropical area, but somehow the idea of “Calcutta” called to mind images of impossibly crowded, urban streets and not much else. But there were palm trees, and lush greenery…

Journey to the Pink City

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Waking before dawn on our fourth morning in India, we said goodbye to Rick and his family, and Delhi, and caught a train to Jaipur. The train station was a bit crazy–it was nearly impossible to figure out where to go, signage didn’t make sense and the loudspeaker through which they called…