EXPLORING,  FAMILY,  TRAVEL

A Getaway to the Country of Eternal Spring: Guatemala

GOING BACK HOME IS ALWAYS GREAT, THIS TIME I TOOK A SPECIAL GUEST

If you know a little about me or read the ABOUT page, the wife, and artist of our traveling duo, you know I’m proud to be born in Guatemala. A gorgeous country with so many interesting places to visit and although in comparison to Texas on a map, Texas is much bigger, there is still so much country to see. I have been many times and have only seen a small sliver of Guatemala.

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While dedicating my time to college and making sure I finished as fast as I could and of course life getting in the way, I had been far away from my beautiful Guatemala for almost six years. That is way too long to be apart from one’s environment, food and most importantly, family. Most of my family lives in Guatemala.

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National Palace in Guatemala City

After finalizing the details of my solo art exhibition, which is coming up at the end of this year and being that the series will be about something that is close to me, I needed to research some additional material. Yet I can’t step foot in my country and not visit loved ones. So, I planned very carefully and skillfully. I took a few steps back and decided to contact all those people who are in constant contact with me. With the magic of the internet, there is no excuse not to reach out. Those family members who always remember me, support my art journey by engaging or just by just liking photos I post, and who text me to see what is new in my life, those were my priority. That made the planning so much easier and guilt free.

Even if you’re on vacation it doesn’t mean others can accommodate your schedule, people do work & go to school. So that made me plan out weekend meetups to be with certain people in Guatemala City. Then I planned for a week of family and research in a smaller part of Guatemala. This was easier because on my father’s side it seems everyone is self-employed, so that means they can alter their schedules as they please. The banker and always business-minded husband of mine loved this and had endless conversations with them all, already trying to figure out what kind of business he could have in Guatemala.

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He’s really enjoying the view

Then after family number one and family number two, I was able to say bye-bye and head out exploring Guatemala. First I’m there for my art, second family and last I’m showing my husband the country I was born in and that I love so much. This was a loosely planned trip and we couldn’t anticipate family, the weather or health I didn’t plan too far in advance such as hotels. I did have research with me of all the places we were visiting but not committed in case of anything.

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So, of course, some of this resulted in a 50/50 chance of what we got. But I think that is part of the grand adventure. Nothing can be perfect, there is no such thing and those crazy things that happen to you on vacation are the things you laugh about later and tell people about. My best friends were TripAdvisor & Pinterest. I even have Bucket Lists for all the places I wanted to visit while in Guatemala.

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In one of the many ruins in Antigua

Overall our Guatemalan adventure was amazing and fulfilling in both personal and professional manner. It was about reconnecting with people and finding out a little more about me, (my life is a soap opera, I might have to write about it) and I was able to meet several artists and gallery owners. I know an artist’s dream is to be known, but mine is to be known in my country and known as a Guatemalan artist. Most importantly the research I went down there for is beautiful and I can’t wait to finish my series.

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Boy did he eat on this trip

Hubby is working on a post about all the delicious food he ate. Stay tuned as we break down our adventure and show you a gorgeous country you will want to visit soon.

Make sure you’re also following our social media because there are some amazing photographs of the country of eternal spring.

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Leslie M. Guzmán is a Guatemalan artist best known for her creative explorations of world cultures. Her works capture the untold stories of people, objects and the places from which they come.

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