Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Antigua, the historical capital of central America. Just one visit and i knew it was true, really Antigua lives up to its reputation. Besides the incredible churches and colonial architecture, Antigua has a kind of romantic charm which makes it instantly one of the most experiental cities in the world.
Foo Fighter Style! Dont get it? No problem, you will get to fly around in a Cessna and learn what its all about. Grasping the full landscape of Guatemala is really seeing the full picture. Guatemala has so many microclimates, and so many different types of geography, that seeing it all at once is really understanding. Experiencing Guatemala by air is an absolute must, and will change the way you view the country.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The true coffee roasting process is very intensive, and we got a personalized tutorial, roasting our own coffee. Some of the machinery was quite complex, and it was incredible to see how it all comes together, from plant, to roasting, straight into the cup.
Wow is the only word i hard to describe these tamales, cooked to perfection, and served with corn tortilla and hot chocolate. The variety and quality of the food in Olopa was absolutely incredible, we ate traditional Guatemalan chicken soup, lorocco pastries (local vegetable pastry), tamales and much much more.
The lion sleeeeps tonight. No, but seriously, we got to trek right into the jungle to the first coffee farm, Finca Las Flores. What an experience... planting our own coffee tree, and learning everything about growing coffee, right from the seed. The most interesting part for me was learning about the washing, and water filtration system which is quite complex.
At the coffee farm at last, we had a very warm welcome from Giovanni's family. This is a picture of the kitchen, while we enjoy some breakfast, with freshly roasted coffee. No cream or sugar needed here, just delicious coffee served fresh with traditional Guatemalan breakfast.
On every good trip, its nice to relax sometimes. We definitely got the best of relaxing in these hammocks, which practically rock you to sleep the second you settle into them. This was at a resort we stopped by, on our way to Olopa (Giovanni's family coffee farm). One step (and hammock) at a time!
After a refreshing drive through the mountains, with some stunning scenery, we stopped by a local juice vendor. This particular vendor squeezes fresh grape juice daily in order to create a totally fresh experience for the people stopping by! It was delicious and bubbly, and reminiscient of a very sparkly white wine. This particular vendor also sold plants, honey, and various other fresh fruits. We promised to visit her again sometime!