Nothing about this part of the trip was done prettily, but it was definitely simple. The middle of my trip was more relaxing…and tanning. The morning after we got back to the city after all our shopping we drove about five hours out to Rio Dulce to stay at a little ranch (stopping for ice cream on the way there and back of course) We slept on hammocks our entire stay, and I even learned how to hang them up. Good thing because my aunt bought me a really nice one that I intend to use here at home. I got a picture of the chicken that went into the caldo that we ate before the woman we stayed with cooked it. The soup was delicious and so were the corn tortillas and tamales that she made us. I’m still missing all the good food I enjoyed in Guatemala! I did a little horseback riding, which is not my fave, so I stayed on my feet as much as possible. Everyday we would hike down to the river and bathe in our swimsuits, have a little lunch and even fit in a little hammock nap.
When we left the ranch we were hot all our clothes were disgusting, we were definitely roughing it, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I had to go visit my little castle before getting back to the city, so we took a little detour to Lake Izabal. When my mom was a kid her father was the caretaker for The Castillo de San Felipe and it was basically her playground. So my sister and I have been going there since we were kids, I’ve seen it so many times, but it never gets old…it has gotten smaller tho ;) My mom and her sisters are still great about giving the full tour every time, and I love hearing their little stories. On our way out I discovered the most delicious coconut bread ever! We bought six rolls for the drive home…I devoured three of them and then had to remind myself to share. I still wish we would have bought more!
We made it back to the city, dumped all our dirty clothes, repacked for the beach and got back in the car for another two hours. I went to sleep shortly after arriving, happy to sleep in a real bed again. I was up super early and ready to jump in the ocean the next morning. I threw on my bikini and my new pants from Chichi and met everyone outside for breakfast. That’s my little cousin bikini posing next to me, too cute! While we were hanging out in the pool I noticed the coconuts…coconut water was exactly what I needed. This little boy couldn’t have been more than 12 and he crawled up the tree with a machete tied to his waist to chop them down, it was so cool! We had ceviche poolside for lunch, I lost track of how many mangos I ate, we played so much rummikub, and one night all the girls stayed up dancing til 3 in the morning. I fell in love with a lot of new music in those two days.