Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day One in Antigua

                                           The Ruins of Santa Rosa Cathedral

                                          Vulcan Agua as viewed from our balcony

We know that many of you were praying for us yesterday as we traveled to Guatemala. We arrived mid-afternoon with all of our 17 pieces of luggage. We cleared customs and airport security without a hitch. The Lord was kind and gracious with his traveling mercies.

Our first comical sight - 4 people and 17 bags in 782 square feet of microscopic apartment. It's a big change from the Brown Mansion in Marietta. I think this apartment would fit in their garage. Joking aside, I think it is going to be a great home for us. I just finished unpacking and everything seems to have a place.

Another big difference in this place and our previous abode is the lack of climate control in the apartment. The light shines around the door frame, most but not all of the windows have screens, and most are open through out the day. We have a few small friends living among us - mostly the six-legged varieties. Since it is the rainy season, we have cool but damp temperatures. It feels like we are camping in the rain. Last night, I could hear the dogs barking and see plenty of light coming through our open windows. Fortunately, we were so exhausted it did not prevent us from sleeping.

We woke up to the most amazing views of Antigua and Vulcan Agua from our balcony. The ruins of Santa Rosa church are just on the other side of our courtyard wall. Life is going to be different here, no doubt. We are blessed to be in such a lovely setting as we begin the transition.

Our first mission today - find the grocery store and get some food. Well - lucky me we found the La Bodegona. I call it Super Target for short. We had a varied list of food and non-food items. We had no clue where to find the non-food items - like a laundry basket, coffee pot, cereal bowls etc. The grocery store went on and on and twisted through the whole block. It was crazy!! The aisles were so tight, we couldn't get the small cart down many of them. The store had a really insane layout - twists, turns, ramps up and down, cement floor, tile floor, linoleum. Good news - we found several unexpected surprises. For instance - sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and a huge side of beef hanging in the middle of the store. I had to send Lee over to get the ground beef - it was a little too much for my senses. As we wound through the recesses of the store we found a container section where we bought a laundry basket, an appliance section where we purchased a coffee pot and a dinnerware section where we bought cereal bowls. We were able to purchase everything on the list in one place. Thank you Jesus for the Guatemala version of Super Target.

We debriefed the adventure at our favorite McDonald's with a spectacular view of the volcano. Our first day in Guatemala has been eye-opening, nose-offending, scenic, crazy, productive and satisfying. Wonder what tomorrow will bring....


  1. I am reading, tears streaming, heart smiling - missing you all so much! You are all amazing in the way you serve our amazing God. We are so blessed to know you. Thanks for taking us along.

  2. wow! what a day. prayin for you guys! so thankful for a safe trip, and good sleep, and "super target" God is good! DIos es fiel!
    in chile, we were given a kit that contained screening and velcro strips. i could cut the screening and the strips to fit our windows. it was a HUGE help with the bugs and things. i will see what i can find.
    do you have an address where things can be sent?
    love you guys! so excited about your new adventure!
    Dios te bendiga!

  3. I was really glad to hear about the "Super Target" near you, and that you were able to find everything you needed! {grin}

    I hope these last few weeks have been, well, as easy a transition as possible. It's highly unlikely it could be "easy" but I'm praying that God will continue to make things as smooth as possible for you. God bless you all!

    (P.S. Let me know if you need school supplies or things you can't find locally. The US Post Office delivers to Guatemala, although who knows how long it takes!)

    -Elizabeth Hamrick