My apologies…

 Posted by Michelle Slattery at 5:15 am  Guatemala
Aug 022015


I was never any good at journaling! I’m so sorry that haven’t posted. I’m alive and well and having a great time. I’m trying to come up with a way to get back here in January. I’ve been really busy with the internship and I had to give an hour long presentation about my internship to a panel of people. The really liked it and gave me a lot of positive feedback. I was sick for a few days with a sinus infection but the doctor *house calls* gave me a few scripts and I was on the mend in short order. He was concerned that my blood pressure was too high so I had to take it easy for a few days. It’s back to normal now so there’s no problem to continue on with my adventures. I’m sightseeing this coming week so I’ll make sure to post!

A few of us went to the macadamia nut farm just outside of Antigua called Valhalla. It was a beautiful place that’s famous for their macadamia nut pancakes. We took a tour with owners and ate lunch. The owners are great people and very entertaining. We rode the chicken bus back to town, that was entertaining as well. I also signed up for a cooking class at a restaurant. We made chiles rellenos, torillas, guacamole, chilaquilas de guisquil -squash w/cheese fried in batter, fijoles voltedos, rellenitos de plantains, and bunelos rapidos. The last two dishes were desserts. We made the guacamole with fresh spearmint instead of cilantro and I have to say it was very good this way!

I took a salsa lesson…that’s all I’m going to say here. Except, thank goodness no one was taping it!

Over the weekend I went to an awesome restaurant with my friend Geraldine. The Cafe No Se is about as big as a minute, you could take six big steps and be at the other wall of the restaurant.  There was a very steep ladder to climb into a loft where they had six of the smallest tables and stools. I think they built the tables to just fit two plates and two drinks. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to get down, luckily that had ropes to hang onto. Both the atmosphere and food were great.

I’m leaving in a few minutes to catch a shuttle to the Earth Lodge in El Hato just outside of Antigua. This is an avocado farm on a hillside. There is a BBQ this afternoon and then a family style dinner tonight. It’s all vegetarian food but I’ll manage. I’m excited because I’ve rented a tree house for the night. The views are supposed to be spectacular.

On the agenda this week is visiting a coffee plantation, climbing a volcano, and zip-lining.

I promise to keep you posted!








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