Trip to Guatemala - June 1997
Viaje a Guatemala- el Junio de 1997

I (Mike Baird) visited Guatemala for the second time with my daughter Sandy from 09 June 1997 to 21 June 1997. The center of our trip was once again the great Spanish language school "Casa de Espanol Xelaju" in Quetzaltenango - known as CEX. The staff and programs there are outstanding. Visit their web pages to see what they have to offer. The school has a very strong community service focus. See (new url 1998)  (old url is ) for CEX registration and program information. Juan Carlos Aguilar was the Web Master there.  See for a school newsletter, with good past information on the community they serve.

Contact info: Casa Xelaju  see 
E-mail: (USA) 
E-mail: (In Guatemala)

Accompanying us on our voyage was Heidi Dauberman Aguilar, the very special and dedicated coordinator of the La Pedrera project, and the talented child I sponsor, Ana Fabiola Sutuj Aguilar (15). We visited Quetzaltenango, Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Santiago Atitlan, San Lucas, Tecpan, Antigua, Tikal and Guatemala City.

12/01 Contribute to Ana Fabiola Sutuj Aguilar's Education Account 

The following thumbnail photos are all from our trip. Click on any one to view a much larger version. All the photos together are about 8MB. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Feel free to use them as you wish. Sorry, they are only in alphabetical order by photo name, but the names are pretty self describing.

Mike Baird

L-R [Father] Ismael Sutuj LÚpez, [Mother]
Gumercinda Aguilar, [my daughter] Sandy Baird, [sponsored child]
 Ana (Fabiola) Sutuj Aguilar
Not shown, horse "Bernalda"



guatemala_scene_art.jpg (29189 bytes)
courtesy of Casa Guatemala 

In 1998, another visitor to Guatemala and CEX, Alpha Marguerite Schram, sent me her web site address (dead 2002) , describing her visit.  You may want to check it out -- it is very pretty and informative, in English and Spanish.

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