Thursday, December 20, 2007

Guatemala Trip

One of the most exciting trips we have taken was to Guatemala this past October. It was the trip that would end with the third member of our family, Harold, returning home with us.

Overall the trip to Guatemala City went wonderfully, better than we ever expected. Harold seemed to get used to us quickly, travel went smoothly, paperwork and meetings went flawlessly.

Guatemala is a beautiful country. I would recommend vacationing there to anyone. The US dollar goes a long way. We were able to stay at a 4 star hotel for $70 per night, we called for room service often and ordered things like steak and shrimp for about $12 per meal. One day we took a guided tour of Antigua, about a 40 mile trip outside of Guatemala City. We had our own tour guide, a driver, we were gone from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and it only cost $120.

Rewinding a little, one of the hardest parts of the entire adoption process was when the foster mom met with us to give us Harold. We had an interpreter with us and she said that she had been crying since 5 a.m.and that she felt like he was her own child. It was very hard on her to give him up, we were so happy, meanwhile her heart was breaking. It's good to know that Harold was in such a loving home for his first 9 months.

Enjoy the video. -- AnnMarie


Anonymous said...

LOVED the video! He is a cutie. Have a great trip to the lower 48 this Christmas.

Harmony said...

Sounds like an awesome trip - and what a great souvenier! Hehehe...

Melissa said...

This was sweet to see!