Snapshots of Antigua (Part One)

by Brenna Holeman




Antigua, Guatemala
And the days fly by; mornings spent learning and studying, afternoons spent drinking coffee, writing, trying to avoid the rain. I know every major road in Antigua, but I still can’t get the hang of the uneven streets and the misplaced cobblestones. The barista at my favourite cafe knows that I like my espresso strong, the bartender at my favourite bar knows that I drink Brahva Extra. I’ve been offered two jobs already, and while they are both tempting, I know that my heart lies with travel, that I will leave this place much sooner than later.
I love Antigua, but after nearly three weeks here I already have itchy feet. I’m being lured by shots of the ruins of Copan in Honduras, I’m researching Spanish schools in Utila and Leon, I’m looking up hostels on black sand beaches and whether or not it’s safe for me to visit San Salvador on my own.
When the travel bug bites, it bites hard.
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expatkerri May 29, 2012 - 1:57 am

“when the travel bug bites, it bites hard” xxxooxoxoxoxox

This Battered Suitcase May 29, 2012 - 3:14 am

xoxoxoxoxoxo right back atcha

Katie @ May 29, 2012 - 11:04 am

Love the one with the pups in the truck. And the last two. And all of them.

The great thing about the way you travel is that you can move on any time you want! If you’re not diggin’ the feel of a place (even if it’s more because of the weather or because you haven’t really connected with anyone than the actual place itself), you don’t strike me as the type who would stick around forever “just because.”

Looking forward to when you and Kerri get together — probably going to be crazy!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures May 29, 2012 - 12:47 pm

These pictures are breathtaking!!!!!! I think when you find THE place the travel bug won’t bite as hard. At least that’s what happened to me. 🙂

Vala Maria May 30, 2012 - 8:41 am

I have been to San Salvador, it is not really safe, but there is a beach town 40 minutes by bus called El Tunco. Beautiful black sanded beach, a little surfers town, very nice in the weekdays, absolutely rammed by San Salvadorians in weekends, but still good and safe to be alone. You can do anything from surfing, chilling one the beach, hire a moped and have a look around and snorkeling.
Leon and Granada in Nicaragua are both beautiful and have both good spanish schools and loads of tourists, no beautiful beaches but a good hangout and a lot of other things to do (for example the volcano in Leon where you can go sliding down!). And luckily there is not long with bus from Antigua to San Salvador and then from there to Nicaragua. Have fun, and if you have any questions about any of these countries here is my blog:
Where you can find my mail. But I guess you meet a lot of people that have been everywhere that can give you loads of information. Enjoy your trip!

This Battered Suitcase May 31, 2012 - 5:52 am

Katie – Totally! I have really learned to listen to my gut in the past few years, and if something doesn’t feel quite right, I move on. When I finally comprehend this same notion when applied to men, I’ll let you know…

Andi – Thank you so much! I’m still looking for that place…

Vala Maria – Thank you so much for all of this information! I will definitely spend some time at the beach, and I’m hoping to visit Santa Ana, too. I think I am going to study Spanish for a week in Leon, and I’m meeting up with my best friend Kerri in Granada. I can’t wait!!

Vala Maria May 31, 2012 - 12:06 pm

You are going to have an amazing time in Granada and Leon! Good food, good picture opportunities, and one more advise, if you don’t already know about this: when you go to Nicaragua there are small little cigar factories all over, especially in Leon and Granada. These people make the best cigars in the world, I am not lying, and they get payed nothing for their work. So we went to one, and though none of us smoke cigars, they gave us a free tour, let us take pictures and try the cigars. Super fun! And we ended up buying loads just for the memories sake and because then the money goes to the hard working friendly people. haha I get so excited for you, sorry for chatting away! Have fun, and I look forward to seeing more!


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