We finally made the decision that after Kyle graduated, we would celebrate by visiting where he served his mission for two years in beautiful Guatemala. We didn't go to every area he served in but we did go to the areas that Guatemala is known for and drove past some of the places he lived. I LOVED Guatemala. I loved hearing Kyle speak Spanish fluently since that is how we were able to make it around and to the different areas including Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal National Park and Rio Dulce. I loved the vibrant colors, the authentic food, and the chocolate bananas! My favorite parts were hearing the stories of Kyle's mission and seeing what the people are like that he taught. I'm not sure if we will ever make it back but I am so glad we made it a priority to visit El Pais de la Eterna Primavera or the Land of Eternal Spring.
We arrived in Guatemala City around 2:00 p.m. and took a van out to Antigua. Oh Antigua! I miss the cobble streets and variety of shops. We stayed at an amazing AirBnB and were hosted by the nicest lady named Evelyn, her husband and their three cats. We walked around for a bit and then had lunch at an amazing restaurant called Tres Tiempos. Kyle had a coconut shrimp and I had chicken baked in banana leaves and potatoes. Kyle taught me how to exchange money since we ended doing that a lot over our trip. We window shopped and had helado (ice cream) over and over again. They will mix up fruit and milk and then freeze it into neat shapes. It always tastes so good! We experienced our first rain storm while we hunkered down inside one of the bigger markets. The sound of the rain of the roof was so loud and the lightning so vibrant. We headed back to our place for the night and prepped for the rest of our time in Antigua.