Hello Happy People! There’s a breeze here that thinks it’s doing more than it’s actually doing. I’m in a cafe sipping on another watermelon smoothie trying to stay cool.

Here are my latest discoveries:

1. I do not know how to properly cut a mango. (Above: the mess I made.)

2. When you smile at people, they don’t always smile back.

3. Smile anyway.

4. In Guatemala, the most popular (and cheapest) form of travel is the “chicken bus”. It’s the same school bus we rode as children, except it is tricked out.


There is no such thing as a “full” bus. The driver’s assistant forces you to sit 4 to a seat. If there isn’t room to sit, you stand in the aisle. I prefer the latter because -if you recall from childhood- there isn’t enough real estate for 4 people. But my timing is never right. I always become the 4th person. I press my back into the side of the seat (read: wall sit), which forces my legs into the aisle and in between the legs of the person standing. When the pain in my quads becomes too much, I squeeze the person’s legs with my inner thighs. I have nothing to hold on to! The bus ride is long. I distract myself by counting how many times the person’s mochilla (backpack) swings back and forth against the side of my head.

6. No one on the crowded bus complains. It’s an inspiring lesson in patience and acceptance.

Tip of the day: Learn how to properly cut a mango. I found this “how to cut a mango” tutorial. Game changer. When I get back to D.C., I’m gonna have a mango dinner party. Wanna come?


Angel · 04/24/2013 at 9:38 am

@Ginny. I’ll take your lemon juiced mango and raise you a lime juiced, picante mango. Guatemala has showed me a hundred ways to spice up a mango. I’ll share my tips when we talk…which needs to be as soon as I get back. I miss that giggle.

Angel · 04/24/2013 at 9:36 am

@Slomo. You had me at “Que”. Thank you for laughing at my tags. No one else ever does. You so special.

Angel · 04/24/2013 at 9:35 am

@Dena. Thank you for translating, boo. I feel your energy jumping off the page. Can’t wait to see you.

Angel · 04/24/2013 at 9:34 am

@FVR. I have no doubt your mom is an expert!

Angel · 04/24/2013 at 9:34 am

@Leah, Girl, no. That would be crazy.

Ginny · 04/23/2013 at 9:34 pm

If you haven’t had mango with fresh lemon juice on it…it will change your life. 😉

Slomo · 04/23/2013 at 8:54 pm

Que rico! A mi me llega mil ese ride de llegar a tu choz con munchies pa’ comernos unos manguitos. Tuanis, nos vemos pronto guapa. Tienes los mejores “tags” de todos. Eres los máximo!!!!!

Leah · 04/23/2013 at 11:53 am

Ok so please tell me that chickens are not on the bus also!!! 🙂 Love ya and see you soon.

Dena · 04/23/2013 at 10:34 am

Hola mamita! Si, yo quiero ir al mango fiesta! (translation: hello lil smokin mama. Yes, I want to go to your mango party…ok, that sounds weird!) I know you didn’t need the translation, but all the gringos who read your blog might need some help, i’m joking people! Angel, my love, I miss you! Hurry back and cut me some mango;-) Hugs~Dena

FVR · 04/22/2013 at 9:43 pm

Ok, I like this post b/c it includes the words “when I come back to DC.” 🙂 My mom was a MEAN mango cutter! And final random thought … Be careful where you swing your mochilla … MISS YOU COACH!

Angel · 04/22/2013 at 6:20 pm

@Nancy. I am too old to be butchering mangoes like this. You are, too! 🙂 Yes, brunch is a definite. You KNOW I miss you.

Nancy · 04/22/2013 at 5:50 pm

Yum! Love those mango tips. Mine always look like the picture on top! Me and my muscles are missing you. Waiting for you to come home and have brunch! xo Nancy

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