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Greetings from Guatemala City! I spent the last week unexpectedly returning to Antigua and then, thrillingly, heading back to the beach for a weekend in Monterrico with my friends from Brooklyn. While Monterrico is a low-key destination mostly popular with domestic tourists, I was thrilled to have my toes back in the sand, and to put in time with some familiar faces. Last night we made our way to Guatemala City, where they are working on an exciting architecture project, and this morning I am off again.

It’s my last week in Guatemala — that went fast! I’m working my way towards the Belizean border, because next week I’ll be greeting my mom, sister and cousin at the airport for a girl’s trip around the Caribbean coast. I’m overwhelmed with excitement at sharing this time them — it’s going to be a highlight of Central America, I know.

Happy Monday!

Photo A

Antigua, GuatemalaBack in Antigua

Photo B

Monterrico, GuatemalaBlack sand beaches on the Pacific Slope of Guatemala

Photo C

Monterrico, GuatemalaMy favorite kind of coco

Photo D

Monterrico, GuatemalaBeach vibes

Photo E

Cemetary at Monterrico, GuatemalaA colorful cemetery in Monterrico

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Rekha Devarapalli
    March 23 2015

    Love Photo A, the second half especially šŸ™‚
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    • Jamie
      March 23 2015

      Same here! Love that handcart full of flowers šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      It was a beautiful find on a sunny day šŸ™‚

  • Emily
    March 23 2015

    Looking at these photos makes me sad that we didn’t make it to Monterrico when we were in Guatemala. Greats pics!

    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      While it wasn’t the world’s most enticing beach town I was so glad I made the journey. I needed a bit of beach!

  • Ashley
    March 23 2015

    I love photo D! And that black sand beach looks so lovely!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      I never get sick of black sand. So dramatic!

  • Love the color in photo series A. Can’t wait to formally read about your adventures in Central America!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      I’ll be starting to press publish soon! So exciting. First, a few Florida escapades šŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    March 23 2015

    A! Cobblestone, potted plants & colonial architecture.

  • Maddy
    March 23 2015

    Photos A and D remind me of Puerto Rico – take me back to the Caribbean pleeeeeease!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      The idea of D being Caribbean feels very foreign to me — Antigua is high altitude and thus low temperature! I would have loved it much more if it were hot and sticky šŸ™‚

      • Maddy
        March 23 2015

        More just the coconut and the bright colors. šŸ˜‰ Haha.
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  • Steve
    March 23 2015

    I am going to choose A. I like the vibe Antigua gives off.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      I’ve spent more time there than anywhere else in Guatemala. It’s a bit of a home base now — and I like it!

  • Linda
    March 23 2015

    I find E fascinating.

    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      Yay! You wrangled the new commenting system šŸ™‚ I do too — I love how colorful everything, cemeteries included, are here.

  • Kacy
    March 23 2015

    I love Photo A – a perfect little slice of life.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      With — photographer’s favorite part — perfect light šŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    March 23 2015

    Photo D! Love the colours, so beachy šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      My favorite environment of them all šŸ™‚

  • Marni
    March 23 2015

    I love the colorful cemetery! Even so, D wins it for me… the perfect tropical contrast to my cold spring day.

    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      It was fun to get a taste of the tropics even in Guatemala. Now onwards to even more balmy Belize!

  • Erin
    March 23 2015

    LOVE D!!! Great beach vibes šŸ™‚

  • Sky
    March 23 2015

    Love D. I haven’t heard much about Monterrico but the photos look gorgeous!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      It’s definitely still somewhat under-the-radar. I’m glad I got to see it!

  • Bianca Bialk
    March 23 2015

    Photo D! I love the beachy feel and the fact that the sign points to Honolulu (where I’m living now) šŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      Funny enough, that’s the name of one of the beaches along the coast! šŸ™‚

  • Jason
    March 23 2015

    B! Have an awesome partial family reunion šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      I’ve started to count down the hours!

  • Katie
    March 23 2015

    Photo A – I love beautiful Antigua šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      It is a pretty magnetic city. Didn’t plan to spend so much time here but… here I am!

  • Uptourist
    March 23 2015

    Looks so simple yet it feels so refreshing and peaceful. We really don’t need a lot to be happy. We just need to keep things simple.

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      I know all I need is salt in the air, wind in my hair! šŸ™‚

  • julie
    March 23 2015

    love photo E

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      I think it might be my favorite, too šŸ™‚

  • Beautiful photos! I spend 2 years in South America and regret I wasn’t able to get to Guatemala. Seems like an amazing country.

    • Meihoukai
      March 24 2015

      Thanks Jennifer! Well, sounds to me like a good reason to go back šŸ™‚

  • Emily
    March 24 2015

    I’m going with Photo A this week. Colorful and sunny… just what I need right now!

    • Meihoukai
      March 25 2015

      Antigua can be hit or miss with the weather — I’ve appreciated every sunny day!

  • Miriam Risager
    March 25 2015

    Your girl’s trip sounds lovely, Meihoukai! What a great way to spend time with family. This week I’m going with Photo A – I just love the Catalina Arch.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 25 2015

      I’m SO EXCITED! Counting down the days (and frantically trying to get all my work done ahead!)

  • Stef
    March 26 2015

    I choose Photo D this week šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 27 2015

      Seems to be the overwhelming favorite!

  • Justine
    March 27 2015

    Photo B…I have really fond memories of Monterrico. I was there in 2009 (I think) so I imagine it was even less built up then. It was just a short strip of hotels and restaurants. There wasn’t much to do there but there was something so magical about the barren black sand beaches. I’m glad you enjoyed it šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 27 2015

      Sounds pretty similar to how it is today, actually šŸ™‚ Refreshingly simple. Reminded me of Paracas in Peru quite a bit, actually.

  • Phyll
    March 30 2015

    I just swung by Antigua a couple weeks ago on a long layover… so beautiful! And definitely not enough time to explore it all. Next time I need to make room for Guatemala beaches too! xx
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    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2015

      I spent much more time in Antigua than anticipated on this trip! It really did grow on me. What a cute little city…

  • Aijika
    March 31 2015

    It’s a perfect timing to go to beach šŸ™‚ I’m so excited to go there..
    New experience again, HAHA

    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2015

      In my mind, it is ALWAYS the perfect time to go to the beach.