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The average annual rainfall in Antigua, Guatemala is 42 inches.

If you’re like me, Cadet Curran’s photos and the description of his hike had you wishing that you could join him at Finar El Pilar . Well, here's the next best thing!  Click on the videos below.  Imagine that you are trekking with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets in beautiful Antigua, Guatemala.
  Today we had a more relaxing start to our morning with being able to get up around 0800 if we wanted to. However, some of us woke up at 0700 took a shower and had a cup of coffee on the terrace of the hostel. We all had to be at El Comedor at 0900 for our breakfast which is owned by Violetta. This morning we had a traditional cereal for breakfast which was corn flakes with banana slices on top. In addition to the cereal Violetta had made us pan de dulces which means sweet bread. The breakfast was very delicious and healthy at the same time. After breakfast, we had some down time until our meeting with Professor Lennon at his house. The meeting was at 1145 and we talked about how…
  Today was the day that we headed out from Guatemala City to Antigua.  We all woke up around 7:30 AM and got ready for the day.  We showered, and then packed our belongings.  At 8:30, we sat down for “desayuno típico”, which is a typical Guatemalan breakfast that consisted of eggs, beans, tortillas, salsa, and plantains.  It was very delicious and everyone definitely seemed to enjoy it. After breakfast, we did one last look through the hostel to make sure that we were not forgetting anything, and then headed down to the parking lot where our bus and driver were waiting to take us to Antigua.  We loaded our stuff, said our goodbyes to the hostel staff, and headed to Antigua! The…
Today was our first full day in Guatemala City. We all woke up at seven so we could shower and get ready for breakfast. The showerheads here in the hostel are electric and you can see the wires hooked onto it. They warned us not to touch it because it will shock you. I got shocked because I wasn’t used to this type of shower. We were also told not to drink the tap water because we would get sick, so we had to use the filtered water provided for brushing our teeth. This was a culture shock because we are used to living in a developed country.  Experiencing this helps us understand the cultural norms here and gives us an appreciation for what we have back in the states. We were served…
As the ten cadets majoring in Emergency Management & Environmental Protection prepared for their humanitarian work in Guatemala, they were asked the same question over and over again, “What is the country of Guatemala like?”  You may be wondering the same thing. Although these ten cadets will be working and not sightseeing, I hope that these travel videos will provide students participating in the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program an idea of what the cadets may see as they travel from place to place.      
  Today was the day I have been waiting for since I joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy - finally getting to travel the world to help others. I woke up out of my own bed at 0530 for the last time until February 2nd. I woke up with a few different feelings. The first thing I was feeling was excitement, finally getting the chance to do something I have dreamed of doing for a long time. The second feeling I had was a feeling of nervousness. I have never traveled outside of the country, excluding Canada which is a five hour drive from my house. Finally, I felt sad, knowing that I wouldn't see my family and my girlfriend for another three weeks.  I got to the airport at 0800 for our…
Meet 1/C David Moore, an Emergency Management & Homeland Security major from Newbury (Plum Island), Massachusetts.  David attended Newbury Elementary School, Triton Middle School, and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School.  David explained that he is leaving North America for the first time.  “The only place I have ever traveled to besides the United States is Canada. “ Over the past four years, David has gathered hands-on experience in his field.   “As a 4/C cadet, I went to Eustis, Florida for two weeks working with Habitat for Humanity building houses for veterans in need.  I worked with the Wareham Police Department going into my 2/C to find out if a job in the…