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I arrived safely in Guatemala yesterday afternoon. We were greeted at the airport and driven to Antigua to check into our hotel. We had some time to walk around town before dinner. We were extremely tired since most of us had gotten up at 4:00 a.m. to catch our flights from Mpls. After dinner, we all pretty muched crashed.

Today was our biking trip. It was quite interesting and beautiful. We rode mountain bikes out of Antigua (which has all cobblestone roads). It was quite bumpy, but the bikes they outfitted us with were all decked out with shocks and the whole works. We went out to rural towns outside of Antigua. We stopped for lunch at a women´s co-op. They made us a traditional Guatemalan dish called papian. It was a chile type sauce that we put over rice with some vegetables and chicken. The women at this co-op make their own textiles they and showed us how they do it. It was quite intricate and fascinating. They did a dance for us and we did some shopping. The money they raise at the co-op is used for educating their children. They mostly use the money for school supplies. After that stop, we headed back to Antigua, up hill! We biked up the biggest hill I have ever biked up in my entire life. No exaggeration. I cried out for my mommy a few times! It was a winding rode that just went on forever. On the positive side, we had some phenomenal views of the small towns below and of the mountains and volcanos all around us. Biking was an amazing way to see some of the outskirts of Antigua. I can see what the draw was for Becky and Venisha when they biked Tuscany. Now we are having some needed down time before dinner. So far, I have just eaten Guatemalan food. I´m not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but I do love the tortillas! I hope all is well back home. I heard you got some snow! Until next time, Kristin

Posted by Kristinh 15:27

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Did you drop off all the school supplies for the women at the Co-op? If that is where they spend the money, that would have been cool to get it spot on. There are a lot of perks to biking up big hills! Perhaps I'll be able to entice you to bike Oregon?
Casey, Henry, Stewart, and I just got back from Diann's for dinner. Casey was a bit upset when we went downstairs and didn't go out the door for a walk. That dog LOVES being outside. I think she will want to stay with me forever and ever and ever. Ok, just kidding. She misses you...as do I. I didn't have anyone to call today about doggie class drama!

by vbahr

Sounds interesting so far - not liking the Guatemalan food, huh? How's the weather? We did get a "nice" fresh coating of snow...winter is here again. We had a good showing on the house today - with any luck, it sounds like we may get an offer...have fun!

by Jewels55

Thanks for including the Pehl family in your journal. What great inspiration for learning and adventure. We wish we could join along!....The Pehls

by teampehl

Hey Sis, glad to hear your trip is off to a good start. I think the biking up the hill part would have done me in. We are buried under 7 inches of snow here. Enjoy the rest of your time in warm Guatemala!


by tbarlow

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