hello steadfast armchair travelers & friends!
girl reporter has come home to roost. i returned home on sunday – a direct flight from guatemala city. i was starting to doubt i would catch my plane because when my driver arrived the grill to his truck was being held on by t-a-p-e. it had come loose that morning and he patched it as best he could, but we drove slowly over the bumps lest it fall off. i should have known it would be smooth sailing with dahr at the wheel. he’d given syd, mary, and i a tour of some villages 10 days earlier and shown us a great time.
if you make this trek south to central america do yourself a favor and book a direct flight. you’ll be glad you did!
by midday, i’d bid farewell to casa blanca, was walking up the steps of moss cottage and the cat posse were throwing themselves into my arms.
i just finished leaving a review at airbnb so i’m ready to share the link to casa blanca with you. i did have a few misgivings, but it was a lovely old house and i’d choose the exact same one again if i were doing it over. some owners make better property managers than others, which is why i like to provide honest reviews. especially if all the previous ones made no mention of things i think need attention. accurate reviews are how i base my decisions on where i’ll stay.
my house on the shores of lago de atitlan was perfection in every way possible and that review/link is HERE. next time i’m in guatemala i’ll stay much longer at the lake. it was magical. the solitude, the water, the nearness of the volcanoes, the lake breeze, the sky. the swimming. an unforgettable combination that i’ve planted in my mind for safe keeping.
i took 3 sketchbooks with me to guatemala. i had intended to keep 2, but after a few days i thought better of it and settled on the one on the right – the bigger of the 2. i tore out the pages in the long skinny sketchbook and attached them to my new main squeeze. that worked out well.
i also brought along this notebook for trying out things, keeping notes, and carrying with me when i was out and about. i love these notebooks and am more free to take risks, try things, and not worry about “ruining” the good watercolor paper in the other sketchbook. these notebooks are only a few bucks and i highly recommend them. (eco-qua fabriano)
for the most part i found i couldn’t paint on location because the paint took forever to dry in the humidity. the weather in the highlands is wonderful, but 60 degrees in antigua did not feel cold like it would in LA. my california peeps know of what i speak, the rest of you may be rolling your eyes. go ahead. you’re allowed.
i did a lot of drawing on location, but painted once i was home.
more sketchbook pages coming soon! i only have 2 more sketches (from photos) to add and i’m happy to report the guatemala travel journal is complete. much more compact than my sweden travel journal. but sometimes a simple sketchbook (or 2) is less fussy and just easier. there are so many ways to document travel. whichever one you’ll enjoy and finish is the right one at the time.
bear hugs & air kisses for the comments while i was off galavanting. they’re so fun to read after a day of exploring.
that’s all for now from moss cottage. where all the women are strong, all the cats are good lookin’, and all the ideas are above average. xo