Guatemala and Ecuador -2009/10

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A little more than ten years ago, after taking a one year leave of absence from our teaching jobs, selling our house and purging most of what we owned, Chris and I packed our bags into a van and headed to Zamora, Michoacan to teach English to Mexican students. Our one daughter Caitlin had already left home to perform for a year with a travelling group called Up With People. Our other daughter, Amy had studied and was able to speak Spanish, so traveled with us and helped us navigate our way through Mexico. Shortly after we got to our destination, she flew home and started her 3rd year of university. Slowly during the months that followed, we fell in love with the daily blue skies and sun, and the latino lifestyle. We promised ourselves that in our retirement, we would return. And so we did.

The first year we spent four months on Lake Chapala in a beautiful house where we made lots of wonderful friends. The second year we backpacked through Central America from Guatemala to Panama taking a puppet theatre and puppets with us. Last year we focused on learning more about the Mayan culture so spent a month in the Yucatan Peninsula, a month in Guatemala, a month backpacking from San Cristobal, in the Chiapas, up the Pacific coast of Mexico to Puerto Vallarta. Along the way, we had several visits with friends. Finally, we ended up once more in Ajijic on Lake Chapala where we stayed for a month.

This year we are doing something a little different. Our focus will be on continuing to learn Spanish while we volunteer in needy communities in both Guatemala and Ecuador. We have already met a lot of interesting people via the internet during the planning of this trip and can hardly wait to meet them!

  • Our Itinerary - Back to the Gypsy Lifestyle
  • How to extend an Ecuadorian 12-X Visa
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
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Trip End Apr 05, 2010


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