We don’t stay in Guatemala City, but venture out to the city of Antigua, an hour and a half away from the main city. Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua’s 200-year reign as Guatemala’s colonial capital. Notable architectural examples include baroque La Merced, a squat, yellow-and-white church. It’s an integral part of the city’s famous Semana Santa, a holy week with parades and rituals.
The second part of the trip will be to stay at Lake Atitlan at a hotel nestled on the lake. The beauty will take your breath away.
How does one describe a drive in Delhi traffic in a tuk tuk at 7.30 at night.
Of course its dark with the lights of thousands of cars, bikes and tuk tuks just inches from each other illuminating the night. The fact that there is a bus just inches from your exposed arm on the door side of the vehicle is just common place, so suck it up honey.
Every one of those thousands had a hand on the horn….the noise is deafening and you just accept it.
This is for all of you who love children and who believe in the future…
To all of you who are artists and work with textiles.
Imagine working on a dirt floor in a small house in the slums of Jaipur, 20 members of your family share that small space.
Enjoy this two minutes of loveliness.
This is how I see the world.
As I mentioned, my heroes are the families in our adoption group who some 40 years ago changed the lives of so many children. We all grew up together in happiness and pain and its hard to come to terms with the fact that some are loosing their personal battles.
I also include my close personal friends, Miss Lisa Blevins and our team of volunteers in Alamogordo New Mexico. We make the sun shine for many and you are my hero’s. This will be our best year yet.
Kaye England and I were lucky enough to be able to take a trip in an Amish buggy with Mr Yoder. It was a rare experience and one I will never forget. He was a delightful man and he is so proud and matter of fact about his Amish life and Shipshewana.
Now that I’m home I’m back working on the illustrations I did while traveling. I’ve been home a day now and I’m moving fast because I’m only home for a short time.
I’ve been traveling for 3 months solid. I’ve eaten everything from Aztec to American and a lot in between. However, I think the local food has got me beat.
We had such a contrast of dining yesterday from chic French to Market food with 1000’s of others.
Four years ago this week I was in South Africa… I came directly to Michigan and I needed to share a little of my experience with my friends here… We began each day with these warm up exercises… Now it’s become part of the Pam Holland experience….
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1379211952 I thought you might like to share this video… I like it. So much for walking the Mall…. I think I have a broken bone in my foot…. It throbbed all night…. it's swollen and more painful tonight… so I'm icing it… But still, I had an interesting time…. I joined the 1000's of teenagers (mainly girls) who came to see Zac Efron….. I don't even know who he is, some Mothers son I figure…. I chatted to some of the lovelies who arrived outside the door of the mall at 6.00 am this morning…and still didn't get close… They were the nicest kids… Well, I heard him anyway….he sounded OK…. I decided to add a little color to the hair… now I don't look like me… I had the nails done, and the assistants kept running outside to check on Zac…. It was an interesting day. Michigan tomorrow… Then I'm off to Arkansas…. I couldn't even find a travel book on Arkansas in Barnes and Noble… what is it with this state.?