Day 2: Welcome To Guatemala

Day 2: Welcome To Guatemala

The flight yesterday went well and we were all thankful to land safely in Guatemala City.

My first impression of Guatemala City was that it’s a very busy, active place with extreme contrasts of wealth and poverty. Right after getting off the plane, a little girl and her brother approached me at the airport. Holding her brother’s hand and looking up at me, she extended her palm. The way she looked at me hit me hard, and I couldn’t help but to reach into my pocket and give her a couple dollars.

Traffic in this busy city is very different than back home. The drivers make lots of sudden starts and stops, turn without warning and merge unexpectedly. I was glad to be a passenger and not driving!

At lunch (pictured) we met the three interpreters who will be traveling with us the entire trip: Minor, a teacher at a public university in Guatemala City; Dina, a full-time interpreter; and Jimmy, an electrical engineer. We had chicken and potatoes for dinner, pretty much the same food we eat back home, then settled in at our hotel. Accommodations were nice — a bit rustic, but comfortable.

We’re all looking forward to the trek up the mountain today. Our 10-person group, along with the translators, will be making the trip in four trucks and should arrive in Buena Vista by late-afternoon. I thought traffic in Guatemala City was pretty crazy, but I hear driving up these one-lane mountain roads is a whole different adventure. As of right now, it’s still undecided who’ll be taking the drivers’ seats — we may have to draw straws!

-Contributed by Great Lakes Energy lineworker, Adam B.

2018-07-10T10:39:16-05:00 November 5th, 2015|5 Comments


  1. Lori November 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the update! I hope the weather cooperates for you guys!

  2. Jacki November 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Glad to hear you all made it there safely.

  3. Jodi November 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    WOW! I was surprised to see my husband’s name at the bottom of this update. Thanks for the update and enjoy your experiences.

  4. Lori Cook November 6, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Pretty awesome to follow your journey. Stay safe and continue to write. Helps to know that you are all safe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Joan Kuhne November 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Wow thanks for keeping me in the loop….I knew about this trip but not when it was going to happen…Looks like you have your work cut out for you. God Bless all .

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