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Kari Lyn

Kari Lyn


About Me
I retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I didn't want to keep ruining my hands and save them for my future as an artist. Osteoarthritis was beginning to make my work painful. I first went to Antigua Guatemala for three weeks with friends to study Spanish, and that lead to a second stay for three months to paint the colorful people and beautiful towns, especially Colonial Antigua. It is a World Heritage Site so draws thousands of tourists year-round. I never dreamed I would build a house, let alone in a foreign country, a house with gorgeous views from up high. And I had decided I was finished with intimate relationships and said I would never marry again. And here I am in Guatemala married to a MUCH younger man. We have a bed and breakfast business in this gorgeous house, and now I try not to say "NEVER." Better to say, "It seems unlikely." I will publish here my stories of encounters here over the past six years, unlikely and sometimes dumbfounding.
Where I’m From
Northern California, Sebastopol
Where I Live Now
Guatemala
Areas of Contribution
Guatemala

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"What is Hobbitenango?"   Many of my stories involve a place up the hill near us called Hobbitenango, and before I write about building my house here, I must explain what Hobbitenango is. “Tenango” is a Mayan suffix to many of the names of towns ... Read More
Here in Guatemala they call themselves Guatemaltecos (Guatemalteca for women) and not Guatemalans. But both are understood. When I came to live here it was a plan for two years, to put this young indigenous woman through her career program and then return to Californ... Read More
  I DO feel proud of building a house in Guatemala. I'm not going to get into the doing here, but lay the groundwork for WHY I did it. This is one of our views of the house and one of what we see out the windows.   First, wh... Read More

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