What you see when you visit this site is a culmination of years for my passion of travel.
No one single country I have visited can attribute more to this passion, then Guatemala.
It was Guatemala where I first truly experienced life outside the U.S, and truly realized how much I love seeing other cultures and locations.
For this reason I made it a priority to re visit the country that started all of this, and show my daughter the country I fell in love with at the age of 18!
Many things have happened to me in the time since, I have traveled and lived in other countries, met many great people, and I am the proud father of an amazing 4 year old girl.
Since her birth it has been my intention for her to travel. I wanted to get her comfortable with seeing the world very early on. So she traveled for the first time at the ripe age of 6 months, and has been traveling since.
Unfortunately none of these adventures took us back to Guatemala, so early last year I made it a priority to go back.
So after some soul searching, some unexpected traveling, and a whole lot of awesomeness in between, I changed course and made it a father daughter trip.
I was very specific with the places I wanted to visit while in country, these places included Antigua, and Panajachel two places that I really love.
So very late last year I finally purchased the tickets and the trip was solidified. I was so excited to have the opportunity to show my little girl this beautiful country, and at the same time introduce her to a very large family that still lives there.
Also originally planned as a Christmas/New Year’s trip (when the environment is very festive in Guatemala) due to very high ticket prices (and procrastination), I changed the dates so we would both celebrate our birthday’s on this trip.
My daughter was born two days after my birth date in January (she is still the best gift I have and will ever receive!) so it worked out perfectly.
After celebrating the holidays stateside it was onto getting ready for the big trip. I wanted to bring in 2012 with a great experience and this trip would make that a reality.
On the early morning of January 7th we set out.
The plane landed five hours later and we looked out the window, it seemed as nothing had changed, here I was a little older, a little wiser, and a father with his daughter.
After going through customs we went out to the arrival section of the airport, and were immediately greeted by family.
My family was all smiles as they met my daughter for the first time. “ Que linda” , “Que ojos”, "Que grande” is what I kept hearing.
After the initial encounter we entered my cousin’s car and we were off into the city.
My aunt was all questions, trying to catch up on what had become of the teenager who had left so long ago. I happily answered all her questions and marveled at all I had come to forget.
As we rode through the city, we were asked if we wanted a bite to eat, I knew what this meant and said “Si vamos!”. A bite to eat upon arrival in Guatemala means one thing…Pollo Campero!
We sat down and ordered, Avi quickly went off with my cousin to the play area, where she first encountered the language barrier.......
continue to pt 2