Hello! I am Victoria, otherwise known as Lemonade! 🍋 🍋 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋 I grew up on an island in the west coast of Canada and am now traveling without any clue of where I'll go, or when I'll return! 😅
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  • Day27

    Antigua

    February 16 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Antigua is a beautiful colonial town that is located about an hour or so away from Guatemala City, or as the locals call it “Guate.” Antigua is known for its beautiful cobble stoned streets, colonial architecture, food, and most of all - the surrounding volcanoes! We stayed in Antigua three separate times. Cumulatively staying here for about 2.5 weeks.

    Although Antigua is a beautiful city, we’d only recommend staying for a few days because it is a bit more expensive than many other places in Guatemala. We ended up staying longer than we’d have hoped because we were having difficulty working out what we should do with all of the covid-19 restrictions. These difficulties will be further explained in the following posts.
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  • Day26

    Desayuno Tipico

    February 15 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Desayuno = breakfast,
    Tipico = typical.

    In Spanish the adjective comes after the noun so if we translate this into proper English then we arrive at "typical breakfast."

    Mi mucho gusta desayuno tipico en Guatemala. Típicamente tiene frijoles, huevos, tortillas, y platanos fritos. Algunas veces viene con café (no necesita leche hacer el café sabor mejor porque está muy mejor que Mexicano café).

    Esta desayuno perfecto. Me da energía y se está llenando sin ser pesado. Esta mui barrato y facil hacer. La tortillas de Guatemala esta mas grueso que Mexicano tortillas, pero perferimos esto porque el maies tortillas mantene humedo y mantene por mas tiempo.

    Estoy obsesió con platano frito. Usualmente cocino dos, o tres por dia. Necisitan estar mui negro antes de cocina o no estan madura y no tienen bien sabor. Necesitan solamente estar frito en aciete para aproximadamente diez o quince minutos y entonces estan perfecto. No se necesita azúcar ni salsa, pero algunas veces cocino con canela. Están mucho delicioso.

    Pienso que desayuno tipico desde Guatemala esta mi favorito desayuno y recomendo muy esta. Esta perfecto por vegetarianos.

    ***TRANSLATION***

    I really like typical breakfast in Guatemala. It typically has beans, eggs, tortillas, and fried plantains. Sometimes it comes with coffee (you don't need milk to make the coffee taste better because it is so much better than Mexican coffee).

    This is the perfect breakfast. It gives me energy and is filling without being heavy. It is very cheap and easy to do. Guatemalan tortillas are thicker than Mexican tortillas, but we prefer this because the corn tortillas keep moist and keep longer.

    I am obsessed with fried plantain. I usually cook two, or three a day. They need to be very black before cooking or they are not ripe and do not taste good. They only need to be fried in oil for about ten or fifteen minutes and then they are perfect. No sugar or sauce is needed, but sometimes I cook with cinnamon. They are very delicious.

    I think that typical breakfast from Guatemala is my favorite breakfast and I highly recommend it. It is perfect for vegetarians.
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  • Day22

    Volcán de Acatenango: The Trek Pt 1

    February 11 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We left Panajachel for Antigua with plans to hike the infamous Volcán de Acatenango to watch smoke and lava explode from its neighbor Volcán de Fuego!

    Auryn, as per usual, found us a great deal on a guided overnight hiking tour that included our gear, food, and transportation costing us Q375 (quetzales), or about $60 Canadian dollars (including a tip for the tour guide).

    We were picked up by a large tour bus from our hostel around 9:00 am and lumbered our way around the tight cobbled streets of Antigua to retrieve our gear before ascending up to the base of the volcano to begin our hike. I generally take anti-nausea medication before embarking on any bus ride, but being that they make me drowsy, and I was about to embark on a nearly 6 hour strenuous hike, I decided to skip this step. Unfortunately this first leg of our journey was very windy, speedy, and bumpy which caused me to become quite ill and resulted in me having to get the bus to pull over for me to throw up. Once we arrived to the trail head I ran out of the bus to throw up again all while the rest of our hiking crew took pictures of the beautiful rural vista. It was quite an interesting start of our journey. 😂

    We started our hike at around 10:30 am. The beginning of the hike was definitely the most difficult; it was composed of very steep hills of loose gravel that tested both our mental and physical endurance. Thankfully the most challenging part of the hike lasted only about 30 minutes and we took a water break next to a farmers field and a small restaurant. During this break I consumed a little too much water than my stomach could handle and I immediately started throwing up... again. 😩 At this point I was afraid that I may stall everyone too much to be able to make it up to the top, but thankfully our tour guide, Louis, gave me a small cup of alka seltzer that helped ease my stomach and stopped the puking for the rest of our journey.

    The hike was stunning! We were initially surrounded by beautiful farmers fields, which transformed into a lush biodiverse tropical jungle, and then mixed into a more alpine-esque forest as we approached the chilly top.

    We were accompanied by two stray dogs who were loyal to us until we went to sleep, at which point they made off with our bag of marshmallows leaving a trail of them heading away from the camp. One of these dogs we named “Stinky,” and the other we named “Marshmallow,” two very self-explanatory names. They were both very friendly and lovely to have around. Marshmallow eventually made his way back to our camp in the morning to join us for breakfast, but he did not follow us back down. We briefly met up with Stinky about halfway down the volcano, but he must have known that we didn’t have anymore food because he also didn’t accompany us on the way down. 😂

    The trek down took us about 2.5 hours opposed to the 5.5 going up, however, Auryn and I both agreed that going down was much more strenuous than going up due to the steep descent. I decided to take my shoes off near the end of our hike because my toes were very sore from being squished into the front of my shoes. Auryn had to walk backwards to try and alleviate some of the pressure on his knees. When we got back to Antigua we immediately ordered a pizza and took a long nap. 😂

    The strain was well worth it for the beautiful views and friends that we made along the way, and I’d do it again in a heart beat... but maybe after I recover first. 😊
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  • Day16

    Panajachel!

    February 5 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We headed back to Panajachel where we hung out for just under one week. We stayed at Pana House hostel which was AMAZING. The people were great, the facilities were clean, well maintained, and updated, and the views were, of course, beautiful as always.

    I spent this week working on my music course (which I have been really enjoying). And our friend, Alvoro, (who we had actually met in San Cristobal, Mexico, and coincidentally bumped into) introduced me to the Wim Hof method which is a deep breathing exercise followed by a cold shower, or ice bath. I have been pushing myself (with reluctance) to have one, preferably two cold showers per day (one waking up and one before bed). As much as the showers are uncomfortable... I have to say that they do make me feel pretty amazing afterwards. My goal is to continue it for 30 days and see how I feel overall! Wish me luck! 😅
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  • Day14

    Monarch Caterpillars!

    February 3 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    One morning I was sitting on the roof having my coffee when a little caterpillar plopped out of a bush on to the ground next to me and started making their way towards some neighbouring foliage. Instantly I thought “Bah! I think that is a monarch!” And sure enough, it was! The hostel owner told me that they feed on latex plants which is why he keeps a bunch on the roof to provide them habitat. Apparently when they decide to leave the latex plant it means that they have eaten enough and are ready to make a chrysalis and start metamorphosing into a butterfly!

    Monarchs are a beautiful and impressive species; they migrate in the millions from Central America to Southern Canada twice per year and are thought to be one of the only insect species to do this! Unfortunately, their numbers are dwindling due to habitat loss and climate change. Being that they are becoming increasingly rare, I decided to spend a lot of time appreciating their presence... which resulted in my neck incurring a mild sunburn. 😂 Definitely worth it I’d say.
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