“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey.
Firstly, Happy New Year or, as they say here in Latin America, “Feliz Año Nuevo”. 2016 was another (equally) incredible and surprising year, as well as being a sad one.
During the first part of the year I was fortunate enough to explore more of my favourite continent, Latin America, taking in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica (Cost A Fortune!) and Panama. I also managed to squeeze in a return visit to Colombia and my beloved coffee finca – Hacienda Venecia. All of which you can read about in my previous posts.
Surprisingly, in the spring of 2016, Greenvale AP presented me with another work based project, which I enjoyed immensely, enabling me to save some money for a return visit to Latin America.
Sadly 2016 delivered a number of lows with the death of a work colleague and, as we all know, some celebrity legends. The events in Syria have also left a bitter taste – for all mankind.
I am currently back in Guatemala, Panajachel (Pana) to be precise, where I am ‘topping up’ my Spanish vocabulary for three weeks. I am staying with a lovely host. Magda and her family were so welcoming last year that no return visit would quite be the same without their hospitality.
New Years Eve was spent enjoying a traditional evening with ‘the family’ – lots of food and an incredible firework display, courtesy of Panajachel residents.
Later this month I will be ‘unleashed’ onto the unsuspecting citizens of wider Guatemala to explore more of this amazing country. The people here in ‘Pana’ are incredibly friendly and I hope this remains the case throughout the journey ahead.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Here’s to a prosperous and peaceful New Year.