Happy Wednesday! I’m working on the blog from Christopher’s hotel today, which means never-ending coffee and the prettiest “office” I’ll probably ever have.
Yesterday, we got up early and headed to beach for Christopher’s day off. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive to the pacific coast from Antigua, which makes it the perfect day trip! You can always tell when you’re getting close, because the temperature goes up dramatically. Maya enjoyed the wind in her face to cool off 🙂
We spent the day at a friend’s new surf hostel. It was picturesque with all of the palm trees, the brightly colored furniture, and fresh catch for lunch. They have a traditional hostel with beds, or you can stay in treehouse tents, that are tied between a ton of palm trees with a clear view of the ocean and the stars. Bonus? The beaches here are empty; so you basically have it all to yourself! Unlike the Carribean coast of Guatemala, (now Belize), Guatemala’s pacific coast has black sand beaches from the volcanoes, which makes it absolutely necessary to wear shoes unless you’re walking in the water. It burns!
Once we arrived, we were greeted with some delicious micheladas (and good company)
I ordered a ceviche to snack on with fish and shrimp, and it was hands down the best I’ve had in Guatemala. I’m not a big fan of the tomato/ketchup/worcestershire mixture you find in most ceviche here, so I loved this one with a little spicy mayo and lime juice. Since we were right next to the Pacific ocean, you can buy the live fish an hour before it’s on your plate. Again, if you use the best ingredients, you don’t need to hide under a ton of overpowering ingredients.
We relaxed all day, played some games (I learned how to play Backgammon, which was surprisingly fun) and I fell asleep in a hammock with Maya on my lap.
I’m feeling the walks on the beach we took because my calves are screaming today (pathetic, I know, but I had to soak up as much of this view as possible)! Hoping we can get to the beach a couple of times a month in the future since staring at the water is the best kind of therapy.
A highlight of the day was holding the cutest little sea turtle (I promptly named him Tortrix), who was released right after we took this pic. What a nugget!
We left to drive back to Antigua around 7pm, but not before ordering some more shrimp tacos (also delicious).
I could get used to these sunsets!
While I obviously still get homesick a lot, having places like the beach or Lake Atitlan within driving distance is such a blessing, and key when you only have 1 day off per week. This hardworking guy left feeling super relaxed and re-charged for the week ahead.