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Travel Photo Of The Week – Panajachel Village on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Image: Panajachel Village on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala   This photo was taken as we were leaving Panajachel on route to Santiago via a ferry over Lake Atitlan. I’ll have to post some photos of the lake because it is seriously stunning – one of the most beautiful I have seen. Little villages dot the circumference of the lake and it’s flanked in the back by a volcano. Travel eye candy and also extremely serene and peaceful. We…

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The Streets of Chichicastenango: A Photo Essay

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] If you are traveling through Guatemala, Chichicastenango (nicknamed: Chichi) should be on your list of places to visit, especially on Thursdays and Sundays when the indigenous town holds its famous market. Chichicastenago is known for its K’iche’ Maya culture, whose colorful clothing lights up the city, and on market days the whole town is alive with vendors selling everything from handicrafts to handmade textiles. We were fortunate it enough to visit…

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Technology and the Children of Guatemala

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] *This short story originally appeared on the Unruly Media Blog in December 2012. I always really liked it and wanted to share it with you guys, because I think a lot of people who grew up in the 80s and 90s can probably relate to what I’m talking about.  Looking back on my school days, the memories that come back to me time and time again revolve around computers. Oh, how…

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Discovering Lake Atitlan: A Photo Essay

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] Story by Randy Kalp. Photos by Bethany Salvon. Welcome to Guatemala Week – Round 2! Yesterday, I told you about the most interesting effigy in the world–Maximon. And today I’m going to take you to Lake Atitlan, which is considered by many as the  most beautiful lake in the world. My second glimpse of Lake Atitlan was pretty similar to my first–face pushed square against a van window, careening past mountain…

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Say Hello To My Little Friend…Maximon

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  [google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] Welcome to Guatemala Week – Round 2! The waste water from his dirty laundry is sold to shopkeepers who believe sprinkling it around their doorways is good for business. He only consumes the finest rum, never touching anything out of a green glass beer bottle. Worshipers offer him money, booze and tobacco, in exchange for good health, good crops and just to keep him happy. He is the most interesting…

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] We’re on Day 5 of our special Guatemala Week here at Beers & Beans. Enjoy! By volunteering with Cooperative for Education, you really get one of the best travel experiences out there. Beth and I have traveled a lot over the last few years, and we both agree that our time in Guatemala on the Snapshot Tour was one of the most fulfilling trips we’ve ever been on. All this week, we have been…

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Finding our voices (and purpose) in Panajxit, Guatemala

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] We’re on Day 3 of our special Guatemala Week here at Beers & Beans. Enjoy! As our shuttle van bounced along the misty mountain roads to Panajxit, I sat in the very back, writing feverishly, scratching out lines and adding in new ones, as I prepared my speech for the students, parents and teachers at Panajxit Elementary School, where we would participate in a computer lab inauguration with Cooperative for Education….

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