Breakfast

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in Guatemala City | 0 comments

The apartment hotel where we are temporarily staying has been quite nice. The staff have all been very friendly and helpful. Besides the staff, one of the nicest perks of staying here is that breakfast is included each morning. It has been in the low 60s when we head down to eat and that makes for a throughly enjoyable breakfast.

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DiploTot has become a big fan of the swing that they have in this playground area and she typically gets a morning swing, as well as one or two more later in the day.

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DiploDog At Summer Camp Update

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Moving | 0 comments

Looks like DiploDog is having quite the time out at Country Dogs. We somehow missed this photo of her on their Facebook page from a few days back, but a text update I got about her matches the photo quite well:

“She’s filthy. That usually means a dog’s having a good time. She’s eating well. My farmhand just said she’s lying in the shade down by the pond, chewing on a stick.”

This was the commentary on the Country Dogs Facebook page:

“DC/NoVa: When she’s not fetching sticks from the pond, Maggie is perfecting her yodeling.”

We’re really looking forward to getting her down here and are so pleased that we found this option for her while we are getting settled in.

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Grocery Shopping

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Guatemala City | 0 comments

We’re still getting the paperwork processed in order for us to be able to drive the car we bought, so in the meantime, a local staff member from the embassy was able to come to our hotel to drive us to get groceries on Friday afternoon. It is going to be an interesting experience starting to drive here, given the amount of traffic and the way the streets are organized, so for the time being, I’m in no hurry to start that stressful process.

The driver (who has been working at the embassy for 15 years) took us to Paiz, one of the major grocery store chains here in the city that is actually owned by Walmart. This particular location was in a mall, so we entered an underground parking garage, where our driver then dropped us off by the elevators.

There are quite a few American products available here in Guatemala City so pushing our cart up and down the aisles was not a completely unfamiliar experience. One thing that immediately jumped out at me was the number of in-store representatives from the various food brands that were stationed near their respective products to offer samples and answer questions. This was a pretty effective marketing technique as we ended up selecting some of our items, like canned tuna and yogurt, simply because there was a helpful representative there.

Once some more of DiploMom’s paperwork gets processed, we’ll have cards that will allow us to not have to pay sales tax on things like groceries, home Internet service, cell phones, etc. The clerk at Paiz asked us if we the card, but unfortunately, not yet. It would have saved us about $10, which isn’t bad, especially considering how that will add up over the course of two years.

It is especially fun being out with DiploTot, who is continuing her charm offensive here in Guatemala. The people here are very friendly and love children, so there was no shortage of interactions for her as we cruised the aisles.

We had a wonderful dinner at the high-rise apartment of DiploMom’s social sponsor, who has been here with her family since October. The views were stunning, so next time we are over there I am going to make sure I have my camera. We’re off later today to explore the Oakland Mall that is a couple of blocks away.

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Arrival in Guatemala City

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in Guatemala City, Moving | 1 comment

We arrived in Guatemala City on Wednesday and are thrilled to finally be here. We were greeted by DiploMom’s office sponsor at the gate and we were then escorted through the airport to a waiting area where we could sit down while all our luggage was retrieved and loaded and our passports processed.

From there we were able to get right into a van and were driven to our hotel. After getting into our room, we hit the ground running and were able to go visit several properties with a realtor that DiploMom had been corresponding with prior to our arrival, as our plan is to get into a house as soon as possible.

It made for a hectic, yet very productive day. DiploTot was an absolute champ throughout all of this, especially considering that she didn’t get much nap time in. She snoozed before we took off for about 45 minutes and then was able to grab a cat nap in her car seat on our way to see the first property. She is taking the changes in stride and is enjoying crawling all over our room.

We were exhausted by the end of the day and quite hungry by the time we got DiploTot down. It wasn’t very cultural, but we were starving and it was already dark, so we simply ordered a Domino’s pizza for delivery, along with 6 bottles of water to get us through until we get to the store later today. Pizza never tasted so good.

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An Early Birthday

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Moving | 0 comments

DiploTot will be turning one next month, but since we came through Houston, we had her birthday party a bit early. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to Gymboree to help us celebrate. We’ll be ready with a piñata for the official one year mark in Guatemala. 🙂

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