In July of 2001, Stephanie and Joanna traveled together to Guatemala, where they studied Spanish in Xela (Quetzaltenango) and San Pedro la Laguna (on Lake Atitlán). Though the trip was just over two weeks long, they lived with local families and attempted to speak nothing but Spanish for the entire trip (though cheated frequently, especially when lost). Both returned to the U.S. with a great appreciation of Guatemalan culture, especially that of the indigenous Mayans, vastly improved Spanish fluency (and the ability to explain in Spanish that our husbands will not, in fact, divorce us, for having traveled without them) and, in Joanna's case, a body full of Central American parasites.

In celebration of my new scanner, I've finally posted some of our best and/or most interesting photos. Hope you enjoy them!

Xela page 1

Xela page 2


Teaching in the rural escuela

Coming Soon: Panajachel, San Pedro la Laguna, and Antigua