A year in Guatemala

Qué pasó en un año?!

Mucho! A lot! Let me explain the journey this far!

From mid February to the middle of March, my friend Adam and I came down to the town of Puerto Barrios (of the municipalidad Izabal. Click here! to see a map with some photos compliments of Google Maps). We were assigned with the task of automating our store called “Dakota Pawn Bodega” with a POS system. This was sort of a “trail” period for us to getting everything running smoothly and inventory our entire store. Since we hadn’t finished moving our stuff on the state side, we had to return and tie up any loose ends before settling down here permanently.

Here is a beautifully mastered picture of our store in Puerto Barrios:

The Puerto Barrios store

The Puerto Barrios store

Upon arriving back in the United States in the middle of March, we had just enough time to pack up everything, celebrate, and move down here by April 1st. Of course, the Midwest was going to miss us and didn’t want us to get to the Omaha airport easily. I remember having to be at the airport by 4 am to make our 5:30 am flight time. We left Sioux Falls around midnight and a winter storm had just settled in. Having lived in South Dakota my entire life, we laughed in the face of the storm and made it to the airport with time to enjoy a quick breakfast.

From above the storm, things look a lot more friendly and nice.

A view from above the storm

A view from above the storm

We arrived in Guatemala City around noon and relaxed at the hotel San Carlos. We spent a few days taking care of business and we would start our journey to Puerto Barrios on the 3rd of April. I managed to snap a photo of myself after the early morning flight. I definitely needed to take a shower!Take a shower

Fun fact about Guatemala City: People here simply call it “Guatemala” or “Guate” if you are a hype man for the chicken bus lines. This confused me for the longest time because when you get on the bus, they attendants will ask you were you are going. I would say “Guatemala Ciudad” and they would say “Guatemala. Ba”. All I would think was “But I’m already in Guatemala, don’t you want to know where I am going?”. I now simply say “Guate” because it’s fun to say. 😉

The drive to Puerto Barrios isn’t actually to far in kilometers. However, the principal road (highway) is very busy and you rarely travel faster than 40-50 mph for an extended period. This makes the drive take around 5-7 hours, but luckily there is plenty of beautiful landscape to look at along the way.



So maybe you are wondering, “I thought the title of this post was ‘What happened in a year’? He has only been talking about what happened in a few days!” Worry not, I have many stories to share from the past year, but everything has to have a beginning, right? Allow me to give you a rough outline of some important events I will elaborate on in future post:

  • Puerto Barrios Bike Rally
  • Trip to Belize
  • La Feria
  • Living in Livingston
  • Quedely
  • Pizza Party
  • Nuestra Casa (donde esta?)
  • Moving to Guastatoya
  • A very Guatemalan Christmas
  • Happy New Year
  • Moving to Antigua
  • Neil Diamond 69′ Reunion Tour Bus
  • y mucho más

I will be mixing a little bit of the old with the new. Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for reading. If you have your own blog page, comment/follow and I will comment/follow you back. 🙂

And as always:
Que tenga un buen día! (Have a great day!)