Memories of my Trip to Guatemala……

Guate08 2This was my first time in Latin America. I always wanted to learn Spanish, so going to Guatemala for me was like hitting multiple birds with one stone. I would be able to improve my Spanish; challenge myself by being out of my comfort zone; experience a different culture and rewarding myself with a graduation gift for finishing college in 4 years with a double major and with honors – magma cum laude.

I was very nervous and off course I over packed because I wanted to be prepared for every scenario. However, I didn’t check the weather so I didn’t pack for the cold. I assumed Guatemala should be a tropical country.

Even though I did my research, I was unprepared for many things that I experienced. It never occurred to me that many people would be staring at me and asking to take a picture of me or with me because they had not seen a black person before (never mind that that Guatemala have a black population). It never occurred to me that you don’t flush down toilet paper because their drainage system is weak. Oh, I never imagined Guatemala to be cold. This trip was definitely a learning experience for me.

Since I was there for almost 3 months, I had the opportunity to visit many parts of the country. I visited Antigua, Livingston, Salcaja, Chichistatenango, Lago Atitlan, Huehuetenango, Fuente Georginas, Tikal-Flores, Rio Dulce, Puerto Barrios and Champerico. By far, my favorite cities in Guatemala are Quetzaltenango, Livingston (I even went twice) and Tikal-Flores.

I met many great people (both gringos (foreigners) and locals). My host family was awesome – in fact, I stayed with them again in 2010 and 2011. Yes, my Spanish improved!

To read the original post published September 2008 by TravelBlog.Org, .

About The Adventures of a Nigerian-American

I love to experience new cultures and explore the world. My family calls me ‘Ajala the Traveler’. Ajala is a Nigerian who lived in the 1950s. It is said that Ajala loved to travel and has visited all the countries in the world. Several legend and myths have been woven around his personality and travels. It is also claimed he traveled using a scooter, a truck and on foot. He rose to fame when a song was written in his honor by a Nigerian musician. The song begins “Ajala travels all over the world…” Well, am not Ajala nor have I traveled as much as he did but I do LOVE to travel. At every opportunity I get, I never hesitate to hop on a plane or international bus. As of June 2022, I have been to 71 countries . When I'm not traveling, I teach, go on long walks and read a book.

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