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Guatemalan Gateway

Harris Whitbeck's home on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, is a respite from covering war and strife for CNN

The sun sets quickly in Guatemala. I notice this as I wait for CNN correspondent Harris Whitbeck at his home on Lake Atitlán. Never one to sentimentalize, Aldous Huxleycalled Atitlán, with its three sentinel volcanoes and a dozen or so Maya villages scattered along the shores, “the most beautiful lake in the world.” The view to the west is over the rest of the quaint settlement of Santa Catarina Palopó, home to the exclusive lakeside residences of many of Guatemala’s well-to-do, with Anglo names like Smith, Bickford, and Whitbeck.

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