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An Unexpected Morning in Guatemala

I'm wearing a stranger's clothes. I'm sitting on a terrace with a view of the lake, morning clouds still covering the mountain tops, listening to the sounds of birds and boats in leggings and a too-large button-down shirt borrowed from a girl I met less than 24 hours ago in a different city.

I obviously didn't expect to be here. I went to Antigua just for the day, to take a cooking class and wander the markets on my one weekend on this work trip to Guatemala. The other two students in my cooking class happened to be women around my age who work for an international NGO. They were traveling onward to Lake Atitlan and over the course of an hour of cooking (and drinking unlimited wine), they convinced me to join them. Everything seemed to fall into place - they had an open seat in their shuttle, space in their hotel room, and extra pajamas to lend me.

And that's how I came to be here. One of the things I love about travel is that Travel Mary is so much more flexible …

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