the first page in guatemala travel journal no. 1… made today while packing.
since i’m going to be in guatemala i may as well go see what all the fuss is about here at lago de atitlán. right? so for 3 nights i’m hitting the highway and leaving antigua for the remote outpost of the deepest lake in central america. the blue caldera is nestled in between three volcanoes, the highest of which is over 11k feet. many villages ring the lake in which mayan culture is vividly alive. aldous huxley, in his mid-1930’s travel guide, once wrote of atitlán…
lake como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but atitlán is como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.”
you may, like i, enjoy PARADISE LOST, an essay beautifully written by joyce maynard for the NYtimes. it’s a story of her relationship with the lake, her house, and the people who live nearby. not a travel article, more of a personal odyssey. you may recall joyce from her long-ago affair with j.d. salinger.
p.s. if you are subscribed to my blog via email it’s come to my attention that you don’t see any of my featured images. nothing to be done about it at present, but you may wish to zip over to the blog occasionally and see those images. they’re the images that come up in the grid (on computer) or individually (on mobile devices). the featured image for this post for example, is a vintage map of the lake.
see you soon.