Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

It seems ages ago now I walked the smokey gray cobbled streets of Antigua with my boys.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

We spent a couple of nights here after our week at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

The city noises were jarring after a week of hearing mostly just the wind or the occasional boat motor.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is loud and lively.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Bright and colorful.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

And really old.

The town has been around since the 1500s, but it was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1700s so today’s population is less than half what it was before the earthquake.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

But there are still plenty of folks.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

We were there for the first Sunday of Lent and there was a giant procession blocking like half the city streets. People dressed as Roman soldiers and dressed as monks carrying Jesus and long robes in every color of the rainbow. It was wild.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Our hotel host said that the procession happens every Sunday during Lent and then every day during Holy Week.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Folks were pouring into the city for the procession and ladies were selling homemade food on street corners.

Tuk Tuk Antigua

These little tuk-tuks were zipping all over the city. Simon and I took a wee ride in one with my sister-in-law and it was super fun!

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala is well-known for making lovely chocolate, so we had to pop into the Chocolate Museum.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

But my favorite treat in Antigua was probably an Avocado Margarita. Trust me it’s very special.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

We also ate a lot of meat in Antigua after a week of vegetarian dishes on our yoga retreat. Maybe a little too much meat.

One night we ordered all kinds of small tacos with different meats in a wonderful restaurant called Frida’s. They had live music, so after dinner, everyone practiced their new salsa dancing skills. LOVE.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

The next morning we hiked to the top of a hill overlooking the city.

Antigua

It was a bit cloudy, but still gorgeous. Antigua 2017

Here we all are…still a bit sleepy!

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

It was nice to get up and hike before it got too hot, as the city warmed up throughout the day.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

I loved wandering around the many ruins that were sprinkled all throughout Antigua.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

The details on these old buildings were just gorgeous.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

I could have spent a few more days walking around just taking pictures.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

The afternoon brought blue skies and a burning sun to Antigua. (YES please…my body loves the heat!)

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

After walking through town some more and eating ice cream twice, we followed a lunch recommendation to a place where we staked out for the afternoon.

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Then we walked a few more streets and visited a market or two. So many markets!

Snapshots of Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is also full of inexpensive Spanish language schools, so it’s a bit of a haven for folks who want to learn Spanish. Taido’s sister + partner were staying on in Antigua to do some language school after we left. I was a little jealous, but it was time for us to get back to Tübingen and return to our own language lessons.

But the next time we decide to learn a foreign language, I’m putting in my request that it be in a tropical location like Guatemala!