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Guatemala Trip-Day 2

After our extremely long travel day, we awoke to an overcast sky and rain. In terms of hiking and adventuring that’s never really what you want to see. However, after a day of incredibly long flight times, driving conditions that would make the most seasoned American driver frightened, and a boat trip it was nice to see that this day would be meant for relaxation.

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The Laguna Lodge is breathtaking, not only for its amazing views of the vast lake but in its architecture. Having done remodeling I’ve always been incredibly impressed with anything stone or brick related. The whole resort is laid with beautiful stonework. You honestly feel like you’ve stepped away to another time period. But don’t worry! There’s still an incredible number of things to do, even on a rainy day.

The morning started off with one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. It was the usual Latin America fare: plantains, beans, and eggs. It’s probably a rare thing to brag about coffee but this was hands down the best coffee I’ve ever had. I forced myself to drink black coffee a long time ago and have since come to enjoy the bitterness. My wife, on the other hand, is an avid Starbucks coffee drinker. Every morning it’s a venti iced coffee with three pumps of vanilla, cream, and cinnamon swirled in. When you are this remote there’s no such thing as an iced coffee. This coffee was so good my wife could drink it black.

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The rest of the day was spent in the upstairs part of the lodge. In this room sat board games and a vast DVD collection. This was late last year but they already had movies like Girl On A Train. Having just read the book on my flight I was excited to watch this one. We sat and watched movies and looked out of the windowless room. The thatch hung down in view and the boat taxis went back and forth across the lake. The mountain on the other side was barely visible. It was a beautiful view. It was the kind of view that most people probably take for granted. Instead of cursing the weather for a day inside I enjoyed how calm everything was.

The rest of the day was spent getting a massage in a beautiful open room. The stone was cold against my feet and the rain just barely trickled down. My wife and I usually travel for the adventure side of things. Like, where can we rock climb, what hikes are around, or any other outdoor activity? However, I thought I could get used to this lowkey travel.

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