Central America 2011 travel blog

Funny fringy (poisonous) palm tree at one of our stops on the...

Ruins of a church destroyed by an earthquake

Detail shot of the church ruins

Love the colorful places in colonial towns like Antigua.

Cross on the hill above town

La Merced Church

Clock Bridge between cloistered buildings

These are the floats they carry through the streets for Easter

I love all the iron work here

Church on the main square in Antigua

More of the main square

This puppy named "Cisco" was too cute.

The oldest university in Central America

Church of Hermano Pedro (patron saint of the city) on the left,...

More streets of Antigua

We had a long drive & quicker than usual border crossing heading from Honduras back to Guatemala and on to Antigua.

As we've had loads of time by now to have some idea who in our group is most widely traveled, we set out to put numbers to anyone who was interested. For myself, I use the list on the application for Travelers' Century club to track my number, so that's what we used for everyone else. The main difference is that rather than simply dividing by political countries, they also divide things culturally. As an example, Easter Island has nothing in common culturally with Chile, so they're counted separately. One caveat - it doesn't count if you didn't leave the airport. (My usual measure is having a meal & doing something else.) By this list my count is 84 out of 321. Mike's count was 28, Guy's 65, Pete's 91, Tom's 98, and Dick blew the field away with 105.

When we got to Antigua and got checked into our lovely & well-located hotel (Hotel Posada Del Hermano), we had about an hour to get money, and lunch before our city tour of Antigua.

We all headed out to either exchange money or use ATMs since we had only exchanged a little money at the border. After getting our money squared away, we only had 30 minutes left to eat, and none of the places we saw on the square looked like they'd work. Just as Mike & Guy had said that we needed fast food, and that we really should give Pollo Campero (we've seen them just about everywhere) a try before we left, I spotted one and did a silly little celebratory dance across the street. Pollo Campero was fast, good and filled us, but it's not as good as KFC at home. At least we can say we've tried it.

Had our city tour and saw loads of churches/convents which were destroyed by a huge earthquake in the 1700's, but they've never been restored, because funds weren't available.

Dinner was at La Fonda de la Calle Real with Tom & Dick joining our usual group of 4. Fantastic food. Plus John and Julia had beaten us there, and Pete, Lou, Bob & Gilda were a few tables away from ours. Lou is very emphatic that we'll grow old waiting for our food if we have more than 6 people at a table. It seems they don't cope well with larger parties most places.

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