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I had my first visitor in Honduras! My lovely sister came to visit me, and it was nice to be a tourist again for a week. I ended up visiting places I didn’t even know existed and learning a lot both about myself and this little town I now call my home. It is hard to believe that it has now been a year since I quit my job, and I have been away from Portland, OR traveling and living abroad for that long. I hope others will come to visit me too!

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The drive from San Pedro Sula to Copán Ruinas.

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The Mayan Ruins.

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Waiting for our bus to the Hot Springs.

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The Spiritual Baths at the hot springs.

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Met a new friend at the hot springs!

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Our good luck charm to start the day off right before we hiked around Copán to all the Mayan sites.

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The first stop on an all day trek circling Copán and visiting the sacred check points of the ancient Mayan city.

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Notorious for my problems with customs, this is before I almost got sent to Mexico and after a delicious breakfast in Guatemala. Turns out at the airport they stamped my passport but didn’t say how many days I could stay, and I almost got deported even though it was an error on their part and not my fault. Just my luck. Good thing our guide was able to work his magic, or I might have been coming back to the United States sooner than I expected.

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Yoga and meditation spot at San Lucas.

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Walking up switchbacks to get an amazing view of the city.

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Our guide’s little helper hanging out in the tree.

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From the top of the mountain.

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Walking through cornfields to return to the city.

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At Rastrojón, a newly excavated Mayan site. Incredible this sculpture is still intact.

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Horseback ride in the night.

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My sister and I having a relaxing late breakfast at Café San Rafael.

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My sister was rather popular with the kids at Casita Copán! It was so special to introduce her to all the important people in my life here, and we spent a whole day just hanging out with my Copán friends and family. It made me realize how far my Spanish has come as I was actually able to translate between English and Spanish for a whole day.

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I love the flowers here…I try to mirror my accesssories after them…the brighter and more colorful the better.

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The Parque de Aves is home to various plants and the endangered Scarlet Macaws amongst other birds.

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These birds move fast when they know what they want…ate the buttons off my shirt in only a couple of minutes.

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Yes, Mayans liked to dance too…

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Mayans used to play a ball game in this arena…the winner’s award was to be offered as a sacrifice to the gods…losing is looking pretty good right now.

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Watching the sunset in Copán Ruinas.

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My travel buddy, alma gemela, personal trainer, dance partner, and fellow dreamer…not quite sure how we lived in the same city in Oregon for four years and never met, but it was only a matter of time…glad it was in Copán.

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Mano de la tierra.

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Hitching a ride.

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Saying good-bye is the hardest part; I keep meeting amazing people here.

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Chilling out at the hot springs.

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The bridge to get to them…

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One of the many colorful streets of Antigua, Guatemala.

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Making smores with some volcano steam…

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Sunset on a volcano.

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A long, dirty hike…

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