Marion Hatch Popenoe
I am finding pleasure to have time to write, again and
again, without undo pressure. A rare experience, time to
contact friends and enjoy the moment.
As for the Curry
Club, my reaction is probably that any get-together will be
far in the future so I just wait until it will be a reality
and then I will think about that. It is a discouraging
experience going through this with all the unknowns but
human adaptation always comes through with (usually) success
and persistence. I hope you are finding happiness in this
extended vacation, plenty to think about future plans and
unrealized challenges that can still be achieved.
LA, on a deserted golf course in a forest 50
miles north of New Orleans. An extreme form of social
distancing. So far, in 9
months, we've walked
750 miles. Met up with Margaret Hansen in Nashville in
July, to see
photos, click here. We've travelled around the South and
We have so far lost a
trip in April/May to Spain, Germany and Croatia, and another
in September to the Czech Republic and my mother's 96th in
I am here in Parramos. We implemented Google classroom
when we first heard that the government was suspending
classes and have continued to try to provide an
education to our students. Unfortunately, most of them
donít have internet in their homes so we are just
uploading homework assignments and materials with some
examples or explanations. The parents can buy internet
packets for their cell phones so their children can
download and upload their assignments on their tablets.
We therefore arenít able to provide virtual classroom
lessons and only focus on the major courses. It is
nonetheless a lot of work. Parents donít seem to
supervise their children as well as we do!
We received a $20,000 donation, half of which was to be
used to waive all tuition payments for the month of
April and the other half to do whatever we think will
help the community. We are using those funds to set up
a wifi internet system in the village so all of the kids
will have access to do their homework (similar to a
community wi-fi system in a park) and use the remaining
funds to buy bulk quantities of beans, rice and corn to
donate to families when things really get bad in late
May and June.
I am fine, happily installed in my apartamentito and loving
the peace & quiet of a people-free Semana Santa. I DO miss
the church bells announcing upcoming Masses but I can hear
more clearly the clock of the Santa Catalina arch when it
strikes every 15 mins.
I am in Antigua and feeling safer here than if I were to go
back to the Adirondacks. My June trip to Prague and Krakow
has been cancelled so depending on what happens with the
virus, I plan to settle in here.
RETURNED to upstate New York on
one of the US Embassy flights.
Hilda's mother Sarah's cruise was cancelled in Australia.
She made it to Mexico, and then crossed into Guatemala.
Both are in quarantine another few days, the Health
Department calls on Sarah every day.
||Michael Hopkins ...
||Antigua, with a
glass of wine in hand, he says.
Sylvia and Antonia in Antigua.
We are hunkered down in
San Pedro el Alto and consider ourselves fortunate to have
enough space around us to walk and exercise the dogs whilst
watching some frantic antics by mating grackles and wood
peckersÖÖ it could be much worse.
Antonia is learning
to bake and has a sour dough bubbling like a Macbeth
witches' brew and has produced an excellent banana bread and
some pita breads to be proud of.
Caoba farms are
doing a sterling job of delivering excellent veg, salads,
eggs and organic chicken and meats.
And I will probably
be ordering some gin from our very own British gin
distillery here in San Pedro el Alto. (See the next
post, just below)
Antigua, San Pedro las Huertas. I've temporarily
closed the chispa stove factory to help with the national
effort. However I'm increasing the Gin
production from home! I have a delicious new
floral, citrus forward London Dry gin which I'm selling at
Q200 a bottle with delivery. All bottles are cleaned with
90% pure alcohol beforehand!!
I know that Nathan would like to be on the golf course right
now but we are in complete "lock down" in Antigua and are
very impressed with the job that the President of Guatemala
is doing during this crisis.
Stay well, stay kind, stay loving and stay safe!
Nashville. I was on Unitedís last flight out of
Guatemala and endured my Mandated 15 days-isolation for
having been out of the country. Tennessee is now on
lock-down and Iím, of course, adhering to the guidelines.
Met up with Tomas & Lorraine in Neshville in July,
to see photos, click
I am in Antigua, in self quarantine since March 15
Trapped in Missisppi
I am in my beautiful home in Antigua, feeling grateful to be
... Q350 to TESS &
CompaŮŪa Para Cirugia
In Guatemala... didnít get on the flight to CA just before
things got worse. Felt a great need to be here to support my
70+ employees in any way I can (Cafe Condesa). Stay
safe. Stay home.
Jack in Antigua, Rae in D.C.
Jack and I got caught
in the middle of the pandemic crisis. I came to Washington,
DC, to receive our shipment but was unable to return to
Guatemala for our one-way flight to DC Mar. 31st. That
flight was cancelled, also, so I am in DC and Jack and
Machoman the CAT are in Antigua with an iffy new Delta
flight May 2nd.
In midst of talk of closing the Port of Baltimore, our
shipment thankfully did arrive (they are
moving back to D.C. from Antigua). Unpacking is an
excellent way to pass the time in lockdown!!! It may be
a good while yet. JACK
RETURNED TO WASHINGTON D.C., with his cat, on one of the
US Embassy flights.
We canít say for sure as we are stuck in the UK. We are in
London and will be here until it is possible to fly back. We
were visiting and it was not possible to get back. It looks
like it will peak here in about 10 days so that may indicate
a flattening of the curve...fingers crossed.
||Could not return
to Guatemala from Argentina, so is in Northern California in
her daughter's house.
Recuperating from eye surgery, still in California.
Vince & Stephanie in Antigua. We are safe staying at
home, cooking, trying out new recipes, doing some yoga,
reading, knitting and cleaning up.... lots of cleaning. Some
Miss our gatherings, big and small, with all our dear
friends. Please take care, we love you all.
garden in memory of
Bill & Liz Paddock
||San Marino, LA.
Ken & Winifred are "safer at home", their governor says.
Together with 60 students locked down in his school, whom
they are teaching online, as well as students in 14
countries on 4 continents. "Lost in a forest of a
closed down society", missing their house in Antigua.
"When do we return? Only our lord and master Dr. Trump
knows, as he says he's the smartest man alive."
garden in memory of
Bill & Liz Paddock
Suzanne and I have no definite plans for May - so if we
are "here" i.e. Antigua, then we'd love to sample some
Maria Elena Bendix de Seidl ... Q50
Pedro el Alto
Lorraine Duncan ... Q295
LA, on a deserted golf course in a forest 5
miles north of Abita Springs, LA. So far, in
9 months, we've
walked 750 miles. Met up with Margaret Hansen in
Nashville in July,
to see photos, click
have so far lost a trip in April/May to Spain, Germany and
Croatia, and another in September to the Czech Republic and
Tomas's mother's 96th in Germany.
Antigua, getting a "Thai Wow" home
delivery and missing an 6 April flight for 5-1/2 weeks to
South Africa. Planned and
lost an August trip to Michigan and a September trip
We had our first ZOOM cocktail party (with our
Manhattans and great THAI WOW boquitos) last
night, with our MI daughter and her husband. So much
fun we're doing it again tomorrow night.
Cernikovskys and the Masts are meeting regularly over Zoom.
Sonia and I are home in Toronto having taken the last
Canadian Government 'rescue' flight out of Guatemala on
Sunday March 29th. We are now in 14 days
to stay in Antigua rather than return to New York.
"We're all stir crazy. Would kill for a margarita in a
restaurant". Goes to La Bodegona at 7 a.m. when theer
are no lines, but "there is plenty of food". Gringos walking
the streets before 10 a.m.
Moved to a new house in San Pedro el Alto, with more space.
There are signs of life in Antigua, more people on the
streets, some traffic is back. Mentally, we all have
Covid fatigue and are being noticeably less careful, but
realize this is stupid because there are still many cases.
There might be some herd immunity operating, since Covid has
hit the younger population hard and more have it than the
Central Parque is still closed but Iím sure you have heard
that the airport seems to be on-track for opening in
SeptemberÖ.first for local flights and later for
international. There is still no decision on tourists
Gratefully enjoying the quiet life in Antigua right now,
feeling fortunate that we are not in the US or UK, places
where we usually spend a lot of time.
We got caught by the flareup in the Dallas area. We are
renting a house in Rowlett, TX but hungry for good food and
Tikka Masala delivers good Indian food. Delivery
restaurants making money and may change their business
models after this. His friend Jorge Jorge, with a
culinary school, delivers so much food, he may close the
school and keep delivering.
We, like Jim and Martha, had a ZOOM party last night with
out Supperclub group. Communications are marvelous.
Also meeting up with Tomas & Lorraine over Zoom.
Thomas Fouke ... Q220
In Ft. Lauderdale with his son. Just managed to return
from Cairo, a Nile cruise, with Aeroflot, via Moscow with a
30-hour layover. But now fine. Linda meanwhile back in
Marina Cabezas ... Q220
Thanks God I am at home in Antigua, although away from
the ones I love, since some of them are in Europe,
others in Mexico and El Salvador as well, but knowing
they are alright comforts my soul.
I am enjoying my home ...I have become full time
gardener and growing beautiful roses as well as orquids.
My time goes very quickly in between cooking, sewing and
spring cleaning !
We are well (so far) and sheltering at home in Antigua.
Antigua. Returned from a 26 day South American wine
trip on March 6. Temperature checked coming into Guatemala.
Over the course of our trip we spent time in 9 airports in
4 countries. Incredibly fortunate to be in good health.
Postponed April US medical trip to August.
In Virginia, near D.C.
We returned to the US on schedule March 2nd. Doing fine and
saving lots of money on restaurants, beauty shops, theater,
Will have a stash to use on the next Curry Club
Meeting up with Tomas & Lorraine over Zoom.
Antigua. It's not about the virus anymore, it's about
the food! People are going crazy, greedy and abusive.
Went to the Bodegona at 6:00 am today, the cars were all
the way to the corner of the park. Inside, people
grabbing everything like crazy! The same in la Torre
yesterday. Loooong lines outside to enter. If you are not
wearing a mask, they won't let you in.
Here, a serene tranquility has returned, no buses, taxis,
exhausts, gawking tourists, processions, screeching night
club parties, nothing but heavenly peace that I first
encountered in 1990, thirty years ago and that made me
decide to settle here.
Your families and the Curry
Aficionados are adrift, awaiting the return of leadership,
they need to be reminded that with every hardship also come
benefits that should not be overlooked even under the threat
of this ugly Virus. We'll have to learn to live side by
side, the Virus and us, for quite some time to come. In the
end us humans will come out better and wiser than ever, I am
sure of it. Cheers.
I am in Antigua sheltering in place. Of course with out
little condominium complex I am not alone or lonely although
we do practice safe distancing. Frankly with all the
suffering going on, I feel incredibly blessed to be in a
beautiful place with wonderful weather.
I finally left Guatemala on June 11th and flew to Newark
where a friend picked me up and drove me directly to a
little Hamlet in the Catskills called Hankins where I live
in an old school house. I have known for several years that
it was time for me to sell and it is currently a hot market
so I got it listed as fast as I could. I just got my first
"bite" but they don't want to sign untill it is inspected.
That is scheduled for the day after tomorrow and then we
will need to negotiate since it is an 1845 building and use
almost everything. Wish me luck. Martha
Cindy and I are in St Pete Florida drinking a glass of wine
after a Mexican take out dinner watching the news.
Gene and I are in Antigua, enjoying our home and a 4PM wine
time daily. Wish everyone good health during this trying
Guatemala. Most good restaurants are delivering.
Best Camille Cooking School.
Mike Foster ... Q220
Antigua, on their roof with a glass of wine, enjoying the
Dianne Carofino ... Q25
Litchfield, CT, they say they and family are fine, on
lockdown. Meeting up on
Zoom with Tomas & Lorraine.
George Carofino ... Q25
Litchfield, CT, they say they and family are fine, on
lockdown. Meeting up on Zoom with
Tomas & Lorraine.
Manhattan is my other home and thought I would hunker down
and wait it out here. Deliveries, Mercado curfews,
empty streets. Itís a strange time.
Locked down in Antigua, staying safe, and hoping the case
load of 50 here begins to go down soon.(now
with a similar size population has 3,300 cases.(Now
Guatemala's response has been effective. Stay well.
Steve Olson ... Q200
Taking it easy in Antigua. We came back from Northern
California (visiting new grandson) on March 8, shortly
before travel got weird.