Out and About

We have begun our, what seems to be, yearly winter vacation. We’ve never thought of ourselves as snowbirds, but, it feels like we are snowbirds. It all started because Jim could “force” a longer vacation out of his company at the holidays as the national labs to whom he sold were closed much of that time. Now, it just seems tradition.  I also notice that my last post was about Guatemala…. a year ago.  Hum, what to say!

Relaxing on the balcony at or Guatemala City hotel.  Close to the airport and helicopters, military jets and commercial air traffic are in abundance.

Relaxing on the balcony at or Guatemala City hotel. Close to the airport and helicopters, military jets and commercial air traffic are in abundance.

I’m not sure how the kitties know, but as soon as we start packing, they start to get aloof and ignore us. They know we are leaving. We have a great housesitter, Lisa, who has sat for us before. I’m sure as soon as we get out of the way, the kitties will settle in. Plato, the parrot, on the other had, seems happy from the start. Someone to talk and play with him! Leaving the pets is the part of the trip that is hardest, I really hate to leave them. A small price to pay, and I know they are in good hands.

Our first meal on the trip; a "traditional Spanish tapas box".  Luckily it does not portend that to come.

Our first meal on the trip; a “traditional Spanish tapas box”. Luckily it does not portend that to come.

This trip brings us to Guatemala for a month to stay with my niece and her family to study Spanish. I know, it seems we should have it down by now, and we get by just fine with travelers Spanish, but we are looking for a better level of fluency; to be able to have a “real” conversation with Stina’s family and also while we are traveling. As Stina (my niece) and her family will only be speaking Spanish to us, and we are planing (Got forbid) to study 4 – 6 hours each day, we are bound to get better…..

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After the month from hell, we’ll continue on to Costa Rica for a second month and have….. well, a vacation from our vacation.

 

I want this plant!  Tried to bring a piece back of something similart last year, but it did not root.  May try again this year.  Shhhhh, don't tell.

I want this plant! Tried to bring a piece back of something similart last year, but it did not root. May try again this year. Shhhhh, don’t tell.

It seems one must talk about the weather, so, it was raining cats and dogs when we left Albuquerque – rather unusual this time of year – and in the 40’s. Sitting at our little hotel in Guatemala City, it is 75, mostly sunny and oh so temperate. Soooo, nice! Awaiting our shuttle to Antigua and my nieces house. Looking very forward to seeing the family!

Enjoy the holidays!

Enjoy the holidays!

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