The produce here is much fresher, tastier, and better quality, although the selection is limited to what's in season. The meat varies a lot in quality but is fresher as well. Why? Because they have a giant market 3x a week where farmers sell their products directly to the consumer. In addition, customers are better educated about what good produce looks like - it might have blemishes, but what actually matters is flavor. #fieldfresh#outdoormarket#antiguaguatemala#farmertoconsumer#beyondthegrocerystore
Benefit of typically living in remote areas: pretty nature scenes. Disadvantage of living in remote areas: have to travel to Guatemala if I want to buy fancy coffee. 😉
Seriously, though, I'm loving the espresso and the coffee art here.
"The truth is that you don't need to carry the heaviest pack, have the best outdoor skills, or do all the planning in order to be a good adventure buddy." - 8 Tips for Being an Outdoor Beginner and a Good Adventure Buddy.
I published another blog! Although this one is geared towards those who are just getting started in a sport, it's got advice relevant to anyone who is a member of an outdoor recreation community. Check out the link in my Instagram bio or head over to www.northwoodsediting.com/blog#outdoorsisforeveryone#unglamorousadventurer#teamspirit#bringextrasnacks
We went to the ruins of a convent here in Antigua and learned a lot from an awesome tour guide. My favorite thing was that he sang for us to demonstrate the acoustics of an underground chamber. Although the original reason for its existence is uncertain, it may have been built precisely to amplify singing and broadcast the sound throughout the convent. #conventocapuchinas#antiguaguatemala#ruinasdeguatemala
"Even potentially sketchy activities can be extremely safe if you're learning from someone who has excellent skills and great risk management. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for people to have bad experiences with dangerous activities due to a lack of proper mentorship." - from How to Find a Great Mentor
I started an outdoors-themed blog! It's not very glamorous but I hope some people find it useful. Check out the link in my bio.
Bought mysterious fruit from a kindly Guatemalan street vendor who was deeply amused by my curiosity and excitement.
Turns out they're called nisperos, they grow in nearby San Juan del Obispo, and they're delicious.
Went to the printing press and old book museum in Antigua, and it was awesome. This title page translates roughly to "Brief Description of the Noble City of Santiago de Los Caballeros of Guatemala and Punctual Notice of Its Lamentable Ruin Caused by a Violent Earthquake on the 29th Day of July in the Year 1773, written by the R.P. Lector of Theology, Friar Felipe Cadena, doctor in the same topic at the Royal University of San Carlos, Examiner of the Synod of the Archbishop, and Secretary of this Province of Preachers. Printed with permission of the Superior in the Office of Don Antonio Sanchez Cubillas in the 'Pueblo de Mixco in the home' that's referenced in 'The Community of Santo Domingo' in the year 1774." I'd say the author exceeded the limits of a "brief description" with the title page alone, but I suppose standards have changed in the past few centuries.
Beautiful plants, flowers, and fruit trees are everywhere here in Guatemala, and I even saw a real live coffee tree for the first time in my life! I love northern climates and snowy winters but damn these gentle mornings are nice. #gentleclimate#travelingblowsmymind#somuchtoexperience