Author: Sandra

Tikal at Sunrise: Guatemala’s Mayan Wonder

Another UNESCO world heritage site in Guatemala is Tikal, one of the largest and most important ancient Mayan cities. These ruins are located in the northern part of Guatemala, close to the borders with Belize and Mexico. We had a few options to get there: take a 16 hour crammed bus ride or a 45 minute flight. We chose the flight. When we got off the plane we were hit with a blanket of warmth, and so much humidity it was almost suffocating. This is the tropical part of Guatemala, with Tikal located completely within the rainforest. We stayed...

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Antigua: Guatemala’s Cutest City

Antigua is probably the cutest town in all of Guatemala, with cobblestone streets, colorful houses, and a huge volcano looming over the city. In fact, the entire town is a UNESCO world heritage site. As adorable as it is, luck was never on Antigua’s side. It’s really a wonder the city still exists. First it was destroyed by fire. Then, it was completely buried by an earthquake and avalanche combo. And then it was hit again in the 1770s with another disastrous earthquake. The government at this point had enough (can’t blame them), and ordered to move the capital...

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Guatemala: Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan has been frequently quoted as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, rivalling others like Lake Como in Italy. So, when people asked us, “Why Guatemala?”, this was one of our many reasons for visiting. Lake Atitlan really does live up to its hype, surrounded by 3 grand volcanoes and a lake full of clear blue waters. There are multiple villages surrounding the lake, the majority of which are built into the lake’s mountainside, giving it an extra dramatic view. I felt like we could have spent weeks here. When visiting the lake, you have...

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Moroccan Meals: Tea & Tagines

One of our friends, Katrina, is a master of food and she booked us a cooking glass in Marrakesh to learn all about Moroccan cuisine. It didn’t take us too long to get to know the staple dishes in Moroccan cuisine, but this class was a great introduction. And it was also, by chance, the fanciest cooking class we’ve ever attended. Case and point: TV screens, a kitchen full of chefs, and beautiful grounds full of fresh herb and veggie gardens!   Bread Galore Bread is a staple component to every Moroccan meal. It seems you cannot sit down...

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Chefchaouen: Morocco’s Blue City

On the theme of Morocco’s varied topography, we entered a Switzerland-esque region in Northern Morocco┬áin the Rif mountains. We felt like we were suddenly in another country, with rolling green hills, plenty of greenery, and orchards everywhere in site. To make it just that much more scenic, we crested a hill to overlook an adorable town coloured white and blue.   Chefchaouen The town of Chefchaouen is a fairly unassuming little mountain town in Morocco, where visitors can escape the hassles of the big city medinas and wander the blue-washed walls of this quiet and peaceful little town. Not...

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