Joe's first 24 hours in Guatemala
It has officially begun, our relocation to Guatemala is now in full swing. Albeit slightly different than planned since Adrienne and Neva had to hang back due to a couple of broken bones. Nonetheless, we forged on and figured it’d be a good idea for Adilia and I to come down and begin making preparations to be fully settled in by the time the school year starts.
The travel down was for the most part smooth sailing; however, did encounter some hiccups that i’m sure seem non-trivial and almost a given when it comes to traveling international. The first surprise was that apparently there’s currently an embargo with Guatemala, so the airline wouldn’t allow me to check more than 2 bags per passenger. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge deal, since 2 bags per person are more than enough; however, I was also planning to check the car seat since there’s no fees associated with doing that. Instead, I was told at the counter that they couldn’t do it and to try to check it at the gate, which involved me lugging around a 48-pound bag that held the car seat. This in addition to pushing a stroller, with a backpack on me, and a small duffel. Oh and all the while managing a toddler and their ups and downs mood swings. Needless to say, I was fairly pooped already by the time we first sat in our seats.
The flight itself went well. I just kept feeding Adilia snacks and a healthy mixture of iPad shows and toys and books to keep her distracted from the fact that we’d be locked in a tin can for over 4 hours. Once we landed though, there was another little hurdle waiting for us. Our flight was delayed by about 30 min., which meant we were now getting into Guatemala city at the same time as 3 other flights. This more than overwhelms the airport facility and personnel, which meant huge lines for immigration. Luckily, I saw a group of people with wheelchairs and small children going around the masses and I quickly hoped on that bandwagon. Still, we ended up spending about an hour waiting in line. Which turned out to be okay since it gave Adilia a chance for a quick power nap in her stroller.
Once we were out of the airport, my parents were waiting for us with open arms and welcome gifts for Adilia (good move). We’re now staying at their condo while we get the lease finalized for our own place, which will be in the very same building. The building is located at the edge of the city limits, overlooking…well, from the picture at the top you can see exactly what it overlooks. The accommodations are more than amazing. The view is incredible. The overall pace of life here is a refreshing change.
I can’t wait for our family to be complete again and then truly start the adventure that will be the next year.
I’m off to drink a michelada (or two) now.