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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Musings: Thoughts on Guatemala

I had no intention to go to Guatemala. It was not high on my travel wish list. But our nephew met a Guatemalan girl when he was in the Peace Corp there, fell in love, and the wedding took place last weekend on beautiful Lake Attitlan in Pontajachel, Guatemala.

It was clearly the most beautiful setting for a wedding I've ever seen, other than in a movie.
That's a volcano in the background.

The ceremony took place here, then, under a tent with magical lights and the lake and volcano in the background, we danced the night away while eating glorious food and drinking fabulous wine. What more could one ask for?

Prior to the wedding, the bride's family, who are a traditional Mayan family, hosted all the guests who had come from the United States for the wedding at their familial land.
Here are some of the Mayan neighbors who helped cook the delicious meal we were served.

This occurred on Thanksgiving Day and it will remain one of the most memorable Thanksgivings I've ever had. Despite language barriers, love flowed as freely as the sweet tea we were served between these two families of such different cultures. 

More tomorrow....



Charmaine Clancy said...

The setting is gorgeous and so are the happy couple!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

What a lovely place! Congratulations to your nephew and his new wife. :)

Yvonne's World of Poetry said...

What a spectacular place? congrats to your nephew and wife on their lovely wedding.
Many wonderful memories made I can tell.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It is a beautiful setting!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You look great in that first photo!

What a gorgeous setting for a wedding.

L.G.Smith said...

Wow, what a location. That view over the water is gorgeous. And what a cool Thanksgiving. I spent Christmas in Mexico one year, and it was really kind of cool to be in another country for the holiday. Makes you really assess what's important about the special day. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. what a great post - lovely to read about and see the two cultures matching up ... wonderful for your nephew and his new wife.

So pleased for everyone ... sounds a great wedding and that setting is glorious .. cheers Hilary

Karen Walker said...

Charmaine, thanks, yes, they both were beautiful
Elizabeth, thanks so much
Yvonne, yes, lovely memories were created
Alex, yup
Diane, thank you
L.G. It was the most unusual Thanksgiving ever and so special because of that!
Hilary, thank you for your kind words

LindaC said...

That looks just amazing. How awe-inspiring. So glad you had a wonderful time.

Jack said...

It looks very beautiful! What a nice way to spend Thanksgiving. And getting to meet so many new people. It looks like a very nice holiday.

Tracy Moore said...

Oh Karen, how lovely! It is like something out of a movie. What an experience this had to have been for you. I'm so happy that you got to be there. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. The background and people are beautiful!

LTM said...

What a lovely wedding location! And you're right--some of these central American countries you wouldn't think about visiting. But they're GORGEOUS! Glad you guys had fun. I love that image of love flowing like sweet tea... :D <3

Tonja said...

Wow. That's an amazing site for a wedding.

Arlee Bird said...

Such a unique Thanksgiving experience. Though I think it might be very interesting to visit Guatemala, it would probably take something like a wedding of someone very close to get me there. Glad you had such a nice time.

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Karen Walker said...

Linda, thank you
Jack, it was a magical day
Tracy, we need to talk!
LTM, i kinda like that image as well
Tonja, yup that's what I thought
Arlee Bird, thanks

Liz Fichera said...

That might be the prettiest wedding backdrop I've ever seen! How gorgeous!! And what a cool trip you must have had. :)

Claudia Moser said...

What an amazing place!

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

Oh wow. That looks incredible!