Day 10: Last Full Day in Guatemala
Oh, good morning, Antigua. I woke up to the sound of stray dogs barking. It’s so foreign to wake up in a historic, elegant building. Such a stark contrast to the modern, millennial-esque hotel we stayed at the night before. Complimentary breakfast was available, but we just had fruits and coffee. Apparently, nothing on the menu was vegan. We decided to go to Acai by Juanjo y Elena, and I was delighted to take Instagrammable photos. Yes, I am that tourist. The streets were pretty empty (my assumption is that everyone is at one of the many churches in the area).
Had the Buddha bowl with quinoa, kale, avocado, cucumber, carrot, tomato, onion drizzled with coriander sauce. I love how such a simple, easy-to-prepare meal can be so healthy and so gratifying at the same time. $6.50
Even though I had my dose of caffeine for the day, I was craving an iced drink as the sun started warming the streets. Grabbed an iced chai latte with soy milk at Unión Café Antigua. Definitely hit the spot! $3.25
At the last minute, I decided to go to ChocoMuseo to learn about how chocolate is made! In an extensive two-hour class, I learned about the origins of chocolate and its various iterations, the production process, and had some hands-on lessons in making chocolate from cocoa beans. It was sooooooo worth it.
The only downside was this took place during lunchtime and I was starving. Afterward, I went to check out Sat Nam (popular vegan joint in Antigua; it was closed). Went to ol' reliable Samsara where I grabbed some guacamole to go. $3.37
Once in the car on the way back to Guate, I felt soooooo sick from all of the chocolate I had within the span of a few hours. Not only did we consume hot chocolate and cocoa tea and chocolate liqueur, we also made our own take-home chocolate bars. But we had to consume it asap since it started melting once we hit the road. Real talk: I am not a chocolate aficionado.
Feeling all sorts of funky from the chocolate overload, Bæ went to the corner store to get me a bottle of 7-Up. I laid in bed to feel better, and eventually I did. $0.78
Ahhhh, we had a splendid Guatemalan dinner with some food we’ve grown to love (freshly made tortillas, frijoles volteados), but also some new treats. The first was a hierba mora soup that was all sorts of healthy. It reminded me of a bittermelon soup that my mom would make. With some peppers, it gave the soup a nice kick to it. Next up was a fried empanada with black bean filling. It was sweet and decadent. Totes delish. Guatemala, I will miss your oh-so-vegan-friendly fare. $0
Daily Total: $13.90