Is Not Good Bye!
For a couple of years now we have been trying to figure out
what our next phase in life would be. Since our sailing trip
on a 50 foot sloop from Australia across the Indian Ocean
to Bali and up the South China Sea to Borneo, then on to Singapore
ended in the decision to not cruise for the next 10 years,
we had to come up with something else of equal excitement
and adventure that definitely involved travel and exploring.
August 15 – 30 we will be leaving San Antonio, Texas.
We are selling out, giving away some things, and storing the
things we might want to eventually ship to where ever it is
that we end up.
the next year or two we will be traveling vagabonds without
a home. We will (between groups) travel throughout Central
and South America as well as other places we have not yet
decided upon. We will stay for a month, two, or three in many
different places; exploring, looking for a home and for unique
places to take you on art workshops and travel adventures.
stands out at the top of our list right now but we have committed
to traveling and exploring a lot before we settle down. Ecuador,
Belize, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Peru are other countries
we want to spend time in.
will be as available to all of you as we are right now by
e-mail and telephone.
Make A Note
Our new e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
our new Registrar:
Susan Johnson, who lives in San
Antonio and whom we have known for a long time through her
daughter Stefani, will be handling all of our registrations,
communications, and general office duties here in the States.
We have been working with her for over a month now in order
to assure a seamless transition. We will be in constant contact
with Susan and even more on top of our business as a result
of her assistance. All Explore Guatemala communications will
now go through Susan.
by popular demand:
(In April, 2007 we took 22 people for this experience of a
SANTA IN ANTIGUA GUATEMALA
March 19 – 28, 2008
Sign-up Deadline: September
join us on the trip of a lifetime, and experience one of the
most exciting and colorful cultural events in the world…
Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua, Guatemala.
Semana Santa is the most extravagant and impressive in all
Latin America, rivaled only by a similar event that takes
place in Seville, Spain. The cobblestone streets of 16th century
colonial Antigua are covered in alfombras (carpets) made up
of colorfully dyed sawdust, pine needles, flowers, flower
petals, corozo (yellow flowers pulled from giant palm pods),
berries, fruits, and vegetables. The celebrations reach crescendo
proportion with the big processions and pageants on Good Friday.
On Thursday night the streets are meticulously carpeted and
on Friday morning a series of processions with teams of penitents
wearing peaked hoods and accompanied by solemn dirges (melancholic
music from local brass bands) and billowing clouds of copal
incense accompany them as they carry the image of Christ and
the Cross on massive platforms. Some of these floats weigh
over 7000 pounds and require 60 men to carry.
other town has the appeal and the charm of the world renowned
Spanish Colonial Antigua, Guatemala. From its colonial architecture
to its local markets, quiet courtyards with ornate gardens,
this town is considered one of the most beautiful in Central
America. It is like stepping back into time over 300 years.
More than 30 Monastic orders called Antigua home and built
stunning monasteries, convents, and cathedrals in the town.
The sights and sounds of colonial Spain permeate the atmosphere.
At the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, prepare to lose your breath
and your heart to the most romantic, most transporting, most
unexpected, most Antiguan of the hotels in the "old capital".
It is a colonial monument intact, a fifteenth-century monastery
re-invigorated as a premier luxury hotel.
the highlands of Guatemala we will stay at the beautiful Hotel
Atitlán amidst botanical gardens overlooking Lake Atitlán.
Experience what Aldous Huxley called “the most beautiful
lake in the world”. With its three towering volcanoes
majestically standing watch over the twelve Maya villages
surrounding the lake, it is a magical place and you will never
want to leave. The botanical gardens of colonial style Hotel
Atitlán will enthrall you.
highlight of Guatemala is its colorful villages and markets
nestled throughout the highlands. We will visit the “crown
jewel”, the world famous Maya market of Chichicastenango
brimming with beautiful hand woven textiles and splendid works
of art and crafts in designs and techniques passed on from
generation to generation. The Maya/Catholic rituals and open-air
market of “Chichi” and the blazing colors of everyday
dress will enthrall you.