Our huge group of 20 left Antigua at 6am to drive an hour to the Solola Market and the town of Panajachel.
The marketplace was full of tourists and Guatemalans selling and buying everything from food to vegetables to handmade goods. We broke out into pairs and perused the market to observe the market and also do some quick shopping.
We got back onto the bus to drive up the windy roads and mountains of Guatemala to reach the town of Panajachel. It was a very tourist-y type place since it was right on Lake Atitlan. Here, we grabbed a nice bite to eat before we loaded all of our camping gear onto boats for a weekend of roughing it by the lake.
I was absolutely mesmerized by Lake Atitlan–the water was so clear–and the three volcanoes that surrounded the lake.
Coming up: The (risky!) boat ride to our campsite for the weekend!
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.