Thursday, April 18, 2013

Antigua and an upcoming trip to Belize


Our friend Jenny kindly drove us out to Antigua, Guatemala where we explored the ruins of an old church—one of many here dating back to the early 1500s. Every time I go to Antigua I want to stay and live. The climate is perfect—not too hot but about 25C just about every single day of the year. Antigua has great coffee, lively bars, eclectic restaurants and spectacular views of volcanos—especially Pacaya which is active and, at times spews hot red lava visible as fiery veins at night. Though missing water, Lake Atitlan is only 1 hour away and the incredible black sand beaches of the Pacific Coast only 2 hours away on twisty, often perfect crack-free pavement. (I don't know about you but I heard the thrum of a motorcycle engine as I said that). Life is very graceful in Antigua. Though many tourists are visiting and subsequently many hucksters working the streets, there is a calm and sophisticated air about the city as if you were in an old European capital because in a way, that's exactly where you are.

My time is running out: I have only one month left here in Central America before returning to Canada again for the summer and I am going to try to make the most of it by going on another sail trip to Belize. My boat is mostly ready but this time it is the crew that needed a little help preparing as we met up in Guatemala City to stay for a few days to get passports for the youngest crew members Blue Monday has ever had. Yeimi, her 3 girls—11, 7 and 5 years of age, will be joining me on a sail to Placencia, Belize in just over a week. How do you say "Starboard" and "Port" in Spanish? 

5 comments:

Michael Vantriet said...

I will always have a place in my heart for Antigua. Absolutely loved it there and one day will return.

Felicity MotorBoat said...

Glad you got your girls back! ;)

Darwin Grenwich said...

Thanks! Me too! Yeimi told me that if it doesn't work this time she is just going to have to kill me.

Anonymous said...

Good to see you're still out there living life right. If you're ever back in North Florida stop in my little mini-farm and we'll have a home grown vegetarian meal.

Darwin Grenwich said...

Hey Bill! Nice to hear from you and you are on! I hope you have goats.