We left the cool mountainous breeze of Lake Atitlan and headed south to a lesser traveled region of Guatemala.
Jenna: Not many holiday makers venture to Guatemala’s coast, rather they stick to the tourist routes. Fair play… People say it’s dangerous out there… BUT we wanted sand and surf so the decision was easy.
After a standard long drive day, we arrived and life was simply sweet.
Sunsets like these make your skin tingle.
We were right on the black sand beach overlooking gigantic waves, learning to surf, mixing and mingling with the most eclectic group of travelers and having family style dinners. It was Christmas time and we enjoyed it with nearly every different nationality the world has to offer. We were so welcomed and enthusiastic about what we had found. Sitting and watching the surf role in and chatting with fellow explorers was more than enough to keep us occupied day in and day out.
Here we found ourselves… In a surfers paradise and yet we had never surfed before!
Jenna: I insisted on taking a lesson. Much to my surprise, the tutor was a 12 year old boy who didn’t speak a lick of English, ha – but with a lot of sign language, pointing, some moving and shaking, I was standing within half an hour and relished in those 2 second stints, as did my tutor, hootin and hollerin from yonder. All the while our dear JJ watched from the sand, one ear standing, eyes fixated on our survival and guarding our flip flops – It was special.
Luke: Thinking that I would take to surfing like a duck to water I raced to the shore with the board in hand and went for it. After an hour of attempts and being dragged by the tide a few hundred meters down the coast, I felt that I had been put through an intense wash at the launderette. Offen seen slumped over my long board, trying to clear the sea water from my lungs and like a child learning to swim with a float. Instead I decided to build things with the men.
Luke: Perseverance and some more verbal tuition needed before I attempt to drown myself again. With in days both Jenna and I were up and coasting the waves, be it not for long. It was our achievement and the start of a new passion and string to our bow.
It was here that we met a special couple, Antonio & Cat. We cooked lunch together and broke bread on multiple occasions.
After a week on the beach, we had our hearts set on El Salvador, pushing our way towards Costa Rica in search of some work, but our dear JJ was not feeling well from what we thought was the heat… Standard last minute traveler decisions, we decided to head back up the mountains to cool off in Antigua with our new roommates and give JJ a bit of time to recuperate.
Luke: The black sand and heat during the day was not sitting well with our little boy or my leading lady. His personality was dwindling quickly and Jen caught her first cold in years.
I need to get us all to a place where we can recoup, stay safe and try to earn something to live on. No turning back or escape – onwards we must go…
Keep reading and follow the adventure as we take in a bit of Guatemalan history with the one and only TONA & CAT!
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