Author: Shane

How Guatemalan Coffee is Made & Other Foods

Guatemala is one of the world’s top exporters of high grade coffee, and the second highest exporter of coffee in general in Central America. So, it’s hard not to take part in the coffee culture while here. We therefore decided to spend a morning with a local farmer and a translator, and went into the fields where the farmer’s family has been growing coffee for generations. The family is now part of a cooperative, which helps the farmers share their coffee with the world while also providing them with the necessary loans for more plants or more land. We...

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Guatemala: Land of Volcanoes

Guatemala is the land of volcanoes, with 30 volcanoes in the country. Three of them are currently active, so we couldn’t resist getting up close and personal to at least one of these. Our hope was to go on a day or overnight trek to Acatenango, a volcano near Antigua which allows you to see its neighboring exploding monster, Fuego, up close: However, we were told Fuego might be quiet on the day we wanted to hike, so we went to visit a different volcano by the name of Pacaya instead:   Pacaya Volcano The Pacaya volcano is perhaps...

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Lake Atitlan: San Pedro Volcano

San Pedro la Laguna: A Backpacker’s Paradise San Pedro is one of the larger towns on the lake, known as the backpacker mecca. Prices are low and hotels are aplenty, which draws many tourists to this town. While not the most authentic of experiences, this village has a lazy beach-town vibe about it, and we couldn’t help but be lured by the numerous lakeside restaurants and cafes to lounge in. It seemed that every place we passed had an even nicer balcony than the last, which meant we spent much of our time hopping from one place to the...

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Casablanca’s Gem: Hassan II Mosque

We flew home out of the Moroccan city of Casablanca, which despite it’s romantic name, is often quoted as a less desirable city to visit in Morocco. One of the main highlights in the city is one of the most impressive mosques in all of Morocco: the Hassan II Mosque. The Hassan II Mosque is the largest mosque in Morocco and 13th largest in the world. A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam, and though we have seen numerous mosques during our travels in Morocco, this is the only one that we have been allowed...

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Fes: Time Traveling in the Medina

Fes (or Fez) is one of the largest cities in Morocco and is recognized as the cultural capital of the country. Fes holds many world titles: the largest medina in the Arab world, the world’s largest car-free urban zone, and the oldest functioning university in the world. These are among some of the many reasons that Fes is a must visit!   World’s Largest Medina As mentioned above, Fes is home to the Arab world’s largest old city (medina), which also happens to be the world’s largest pedestrian-only zone. Which means that once you enter the walls of this...

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