The first time I travelled to Lake Atitlan I was not quite 20-years-old. It was 1973, and up to then, my experience of travel was visiting my grandparents in the prairies of Canada. I was trying to get over a broken heart—an experience that inspired a certain boldness.
Phoenix’s perpetual sunshine might tempt you to spend all your free time sipping frozen beverages next to a swimming pool. Don’t give in. Exploring the Sonoran Desert’s horizons will broaden yours.
Fly into Guatemala City. The airport’s clean, modern, easy to navigate. Don’t change your money there if you can help it. The kiosks here give the worst exchange rate in the country. Bring US dollars to change, or use your ATM card to get cash.
A word on safety here: Follow basic precautions. Lock up your possessions when you leave your hotel room, keep your passport in a hotel safe, and don’t display flashy, expensive gear. Don’t walk alone at night or loiter in remote areas in daytime without a guide.
Getting to the Lake
Host BeverlyJ Public Relations brought together a host of actors, directors, producers, musicians and publicists who came to support the charities in their efforts to stop the heartbreaking annual slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Sea Shepherd's California Chapter was on hand to meet and greet guests, and to relay information regarding the dolphin crisis.
Summertime will have traction as a desirable time of year in ads and commercials for forever, and with good reason. It's portrayed as a fairly relaxing time when we're able to lounge about in shorts and tanks and do some serious lolling.
Can you imagine how many boxes it'll take the Exploratorium to move into its new home on Pier 15? While they unpack, settle in and get ready for opening day on April 17th, there are a number of other Bay Area museums worth checking out.
Hot on the scent of the indigenous maras pepper, SF food critic Patricia Unterman got an authentic taste of the cuisine and culture of southeastern Turkey. Her adventure took her through city bazaars to the countryside, tasting everything she could get her hands on along the way. Her full story can be found in the February Eat+Drink Issue of 7x7, but you can get a taste of the journey in the slideshow above.