The parents were here for Christmas, which made for an exciting ten day sweep across the country. We started out in Antigua where we saw all the usual churches, museums, and what-not and my parents started to see that Guatemala was not as shabby or dangerous as the US State Department warnings may lead you to believe.
Unfortunately, they came in on the same day as a tropical storm, and so the first few days were a big wet as you can see by our garbage bag outfits that we are sporting below.
After that, we headed off on a long and uncomfortable ride with the cheapest van you can get from Antigua to Copan, Honduras to see the ruins there (for the record we invested in a nicer and more expensive van from Copan back to Antigua). In Copan we not only saw the ancient mayan ruins but also went to a Macaw reserve that houses a number of shunned pets that never should have been pets like Toucans, Macaws, and other colorful loud things. Everyone got to hold at least one of these big squawkers before we left the park.
Here is my dad being viciously attacked by overfriendly macaws:
Then we took the folks up to Lake Atitlan for Christmas with our new family. We went to midnight mass, which turned out to be partly in Tz'utujil, but it didn't matter anyway because the whole thing was overpowered by a billion bombas exploding for nearly the whole hour. For Christmas, we ate the required tamales which were delicious and polished off the night with a campfire and smores. Unfortunately, I was having too much fun to remember to spoil it by taking pictures, so you will just have to trust me on that one.
We also subjected my parents to a grueling several hour walk along the lake which followed a path on the side of a cliff. Luckily they were rewarded with pretty pictures. After that we took an amazing coffee tour to see the coffee collaborative processing coffee to sell.
Here is the grueling lake path:
Us with coffee:
Talkin coffee...in Spanish!:
All in all it was a very eventful trip, you will have to ask my mom and dad for the details and the rest of the pics!