Anna Weiß

Joined April 2015
  • Day7


    September 29 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Our next stop ist Quetzaltenango (short: Xela). There is not a lot of sightseeing to do here, even less with the heavy afternoon rains. But it has a special vibe to it. Even though it is the second largest town in Guatemala, it rather feels like being in a small village.
    People in Guatemala don't seem to mind the rainy season. You will still see them out on the street markets or in rooftop bars with a simple tin roof. So of course we join them, eating pupusas, tostadas, garnachas and trying some atol de maíz and local craft beer.Read more

  • Day6


    September 28 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    About 2 hours (and 3 chicken buses) away from Panajachel is the small village of Chichicastenango, which is famous mostly for its Thursday and Sunday market. Even on Saturday, there are more than 100 stands packed with fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, household supplies and, most importantly, delicious dishes from black tortillas all the way through chicken soup. If you ever want to try your labyrinth-escaping skills, try out getting lost in a Guatemalan market.
    Moreover, we visit the colorful cemetary up on a hill. We even get the chance to see some Mayan rituals, but in order not to intrude we keep walking. Our last stop is the church, which is shared by catholic and k'iche' (the Mayan group in this region) believers. The church was built by the Spanish conquerors on the ruins of a k'iche' temple.
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  • Day5

    Handicraft villages

    September 27 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Panajachel, the village where we're staying, is the most touristy one around lake Atitlán. It is prefect to take advantage of the good infrastructure, restaurants and nightlife, and at the same time well connected to the more traditional villages.
    Today we take a boat trip to two of those villages. In San Antonio Palopó we're welcomed by Olga, who speaks a rather simple Spanish (around the lakes, the languages most spoken are the Mayan dialects Kaqchikel and Tz'utujil). She gives us a tour through a ceramic workshop and a weaving mill. Both places are the opposite of spacious, but the workers don't mind is looking around and asking them questions. The weaving ladies even dress me in their traditional garb.
    The second village we visit is Santa Catarina Palopó. It's a very simple village, but in a local campaign all the houses are being repainted. Some of this effort is already visible today.
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  • Day4

    Lago de Atitlán

    September 26 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    With the rainy season in full volume, it is not easy to get a good picture of the Atitlán lake, but with its beautiful relaxing atmosphere and the volcanoes all around, I just have to share at least some random snapshots.

  • Day2

    First day in the city

    September 24 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    I'm still super tired after the 24 hour trip from Cologne to Guatemala city. Thanks to the jetlag, I wake up really early by the vague sound of the shower while Mariano's brother Ricardo (Boon) is getting ready for school.
    Luckily, an important element of a real chapín (= guatemalan) breakfast is a strong, delicious coffee, in addition to scrambled eggs, mashed beans and fried plantain. We have breakfast with Mariano's parents Maria Marta and Gerardo, then everyone starts their day. Mariano has a meeting downtown, I have an appointment via video call, so we only meet afterwards for some sightseeing.
    We start off at Avenida de la Reforma, one of the main streets in Zona 10 with a nice walking path in the middle. It brings us all the way to Zona 4's "hipster district" called cuatro grados norte, where we have a coffee at the barista world champion's cafe Paradigma and lunch at a local comedor. After entering a few of the stores we continue to the civic center with the Guatemalan national bank, the supreme court and other governmental institutions.
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  • Day918

    Amsterdam arts

    March 26 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Most of today we spent in the Rijksmuseum, a 4-floor museum full of Dutch art that was by far more than just Rembrandt and van Gogh. We had also tried to get into individual museum about those two, as well as the Anne Frank house, but apparently there's no chance if you haven't booked your tickets 3 days to 2 months upfront.
    We managed to meet Philipp (we didn't take a picture together, but he's included in some other blog entries) and some of his colleagues at the museum. Weird enough, one of those colleagues teaches at Ella's (not that huge) school - it's just a small world.
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  • Day917

    Family & friends day(s)

    March 25 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    I finally got to see my cousin Ella again - for the first time after 5 years! She's here on a visit from the USA, where she had been living since age 11. As she's only going to be um Europe for a week, we decided to also travel a bit. We chose Amsterdam.
    Coincidentally, it turned out that I would even be able to meet some friends here. The first of them was Mandy, a friend from Monterrey who used to study in the Netherlands and now only came for a short visit.
    Ella and I joined a "free walking tour" in the afternoon and then went to some stores, just to be anywhere a little warmer. When Mandy arrived, we walked around a bit longer, got some waffles and then met two of Mandy's friends for dinner: Juan Carlos from Mexico and Anna from Russia
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  • Day882

    Parc national des Calanques

    February 18 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I can't tell how much I appreciate the recommendation to visit the Calanques. This national park consist of beautiful cliffs along finger-shaped bays of the Cote d'Azur. The views are breathtaking!
    We hiked around 15 km, starting at the fisherman's village of Cassis. More than once we got a little lost (our hiking guide gave orientation points like "green gates" - of which unfortunately there were about 10), but in the end we always found our way back onto the path. To wrap up the day we had some coffee and pastries while watching the sub slowly setting above the sea.Read more

  • Day881

    Marignan & Carry-le-Rouet

    February 17 in France ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We had a nice Sunday stroll along precious coast lines and rocky landscapes. Before meeting Lucy in the morning, we were able to catch the fisherman's spectacle in Marseille: the freshly caught fish were literally handed directly from the boat to the market stand!

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