Escape from Pana! (or The DIY Corn Maze)

If there’s ever a good month to get lost in a corn field, it’s surely October. These 31 days are practically dedicated to corn mazes, scarecrows, and pumpkin patches–except, that is, in Guatemala.

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Welcome Back!

It’s nice to have you here! I’m happy you’re still interested in my blog. I’m interested in it, too, though after months of not posting, it probably looked like I had gone off to pursue other pastimes. Like cricket and welding.

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Tikal Ruins & Flores Area (Guatemala)

What can I say? I’m smitten. Belize has won me over on our very first date. Shon and I have spent just a handful of days exploring the country’s reef and rainforest, and I already want to move in, tie the knot, and settle down for good. Maybe it’s the rum punch talking, but I […]

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Belize Bound!

I’m excited. Yesterday, I put the finishing touches on Viaventure’s June newsletter, and today, Shon and I are heading to Belize! (Well, after a quick stop in northern Guatemala first.) We’re taking a two-week trip to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. TEN YEARS. That’s a lot of days, hours, and minutes. Enough to have photos of […]

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Quetzaltenango (Xela): My Favorite Guatemalan City

My favorite city in Guatemala has many merits, not least of which is that it makes me want to stand in the middle of an empty field and belt out its name. On paper it’s called Quetzaltenango, but most people simply refer to it as Xela, an abbreviated version of its original K’iche’ Maya name, […]

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Please Don’t Call Me Mandy

So, I abandon the blog and then come back, and what is the first thing I do? Do I update you on recent trips taken, foods eaten, or insights gained while living in Guatemala? No, I will do none of that. Instead, for the second blog post in a row, I will talk hair. What […]

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On Hair

Shon wasn’t a fan of my last blog post. He said the Semana Santa part was fine but that he didn’t like my “hating on Lake Atitlán.” To which I responded, “Well, I don’t like your beard.” I welcome constructive criticism with open arms.

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