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The average annual rainfall in Antigua, Guatemala is 42 inches.

Everyone woke up around 6:00 this morning as the routine of going to Violetta’s everyday continued. Heading to bed a little earlier last night, I was feeling rather energized to get the workday going. Violetta prepared us a hearty serving of bananas with strawberries on top of waffles drenched in syrup. After this, the group and I met up with Eduardo to head out to Santa Maria de Jesus for the day. When we arrived, we continued our work from yesterday which was to color the stairwell walls. As we spread the teal colored paint, 10:00 came and we took a quick break. Thankfully, Eduardo brought us a half loaf of banana bread that the other groups had raved about in the past. I devoured…
  Today we visited Hobbitanango. For you Lord of the Rings fans it’s an area famous for their hobbit houses.  After our late breakfast of some good French toast and bananas at 0830, we had time to go to the ATM and look around a few stores for gifts. Professor Lennon picked us up from the Hostel at 0940 to take us to the office where they would take us to Hobbitanango. When we got to Hobbitanango the first thing we noticed was that the place had a great view of Antigua and the surrounding area. The place had archery, hatchet and machete throwing, a rope swing that everyone loved, and a small golf course to enjoy.  I tasted this delicious hot chocolate that had cinnamon and…
Today is my second to last day working in San Antonio, also being nearly the end of my trip in Antigua. This trip flew by unfortunately; I wish I was here a little longer because this place was life changing for me. In the future, I do plan to come back to Guatemala because it had an amazing effect on me and I would like to explore more of this country. This morning, I woke up, got ready for the day, and headed over to Violetta’s for breakfast. For breakfast, she prepared us a delicious bowl of cocoa rice cereal with apples, along with sugar bread and coffee on the side. It is a necessity to dip the sugar bread in the coffee, the two complement each other perfectly. After breakfast, my…
  Hello everyone! I hope all of our followers are doing well.  I am glad to have the honor of writing one of our last blogs for the trip. Today started off more relaxed than most other days so far with all of us waking up around 0610-0615. We all got showered and dressed and headed down to Violleta’s for breakfast. Today’s breakfast was delicious and consisted of French toast, bananas and strawberries. After breakfast we all said our goodbyes and hopped on our buses with our mentors. My group and our mentor, Edguardo headed towards Santa Maria to the Jardin de Amor school to finish up the work we started there. Today we were solely focused on completing the staircase area with an…
Today is the last day of working at San Antonio and I couldn't have enjoyed the projects that we worked on any more than I did. I woke up at 0530 ready to start the day. I decided to get up early in order to use the best shower in the hostel, that actually has water pressure and warm water. I took a quick shower and then got ready for the day. I was ready at 0550 and had 40 minutes until breakfast, so I decided to text my dad and see what he was up too since it was 0650 in Massachusetts and he has always been an early riser. I talked to my dad for the morning telling him what projects we have done the past few days and seeing what his plan was for the weekend. When the clock hit 0630…
  Hello to everyone following our Guatemala trip so far! Today is Saturday in Antigua, Guatemala. Our day began with a homemade breakfast at the Comedor el Peregrino cooked by Violetta. It was a typical Guatemalan breakfast of eggs, ham, beans, tortillas, and plantains: delicious! After breakfast, we headed to the bus stop where we caught a bus to San Antonio. The busses that we take around Antigua are called Chicken buses. They are old buses taken from the U.S. and sent to Antigua. It cost about 4 or 5 Quetzals to ride which equals less than 1 U.S. dollar! These buses are packed and the drivers go very fast.   San Antonio is the first of three villages that we will be working…
  Hello to all of our followers! Today marks the first day of our final week in Guatemala! My time here has gone by so fast I am sad to leave but also excited to see my family and friends at home. Our first workday started with pancakes, watermelon, and coffee at Violetta’s. Following breakfast, my group and I headed off to our last work site. This week my group and I will be working in a Pueblo called Santa Maria de Jesus in a school called Jardin De Amor. This school was built over ten years ago to give children living in poverty the chance to have an education. My group and I are going to be doing a lot of painting over the next week here. Today we began by beginning to paint…
Have you considered pursuing a degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security?  Take a moment to read this interview with 1/C Daniel Madsen.  The future is bright for this young man who will earn his degree in just a few weeks.  He is wrapping up his college experience at Massachusetts Maritime Academy by making a difference in Guatemala. Here's what Cadet Madsen had to say when we caught up with him before the departure. Name: Daniel Madsen Hometown: Orange, CT Anticipated Year Of Graduation: Winter 2020 Elementary School: Peck Place School Middle School: Amity Middle School - Orange High School: Amity Regional High School A.  Have you ever traveled outside of the United…
I am halfway through Week 2, continuing my work at Jardin de Amor in Santa Maria. My day started with breakfast at Violetta’s.  She made everyone a breakfast quesadilla consisting of eggs with ham, watermelon and apples on the side, and coffee of course. After breakfast, my group, my mentor (Eduardo), and I head out to catch a ride on one of the chicken buses heading to Santa Maria. On the way to the chicken buses, Eduardo pointed out that Volcano Acatenango had snow at the very top of the volcano. This is the first time any of us have seen snow on any of the volcanoes, we know it gets cold at the top but we did not think it would get cold enough to snow! Thankfully today the chicken…