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Oct 7, 2007 - Arrival in Guatemala

Sunday/Domingo, 7 de Octubre, 2007 ~ SFO a GUA It was surprisingly balmy as we exited through the jetway....and into the fabulous, newly built airport terminal. We both admired all the modern accoutrements. What a change from the arrival the kids & I had in February - full of dust, plastic sheeting, and much construction noise & debris. Now there were fancy shops, a restaurant, and lovely décor. Wow! Quite impressive. The wall posters announced "El mejor aeropuerto en Centro America". No doubt! We passed the customs booths and proceeded to...

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Aug 16, 2007 - I arrive Sunday, August 12

Finally, Yehudit drives me to the airport Sunday afternoon and off I go. I am really terrified flying, so I take my meds - a little Ambien. Only 15 mg. I think. Next thing I know, all the attendants are calling me at the first destination, Atlanta, trying to wake me. I stumble down the aisle and off the plane, and they insist on calling for a wheelchair and wheeling me to my transfer. It was probably fun, but who can remember? I arrive in Antigua (Guatemala, not the island) late, and somehow get to bed at the host family's house.

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Guatemala 2007

Jun 22, 2007 - Enjoying Guatemala

Hi Guys, Still in Antigua, Guatemala. Last day of spanish school. Need to now revise and practise. The place is a small town and very touristy but local people are just so friendly. We all stand out of course but we dont get hassled all the time and people like to chat to us and practise their english. So we talk in spanish and the locals respond in English!!! I amn considering staying longer but have my surf lessons in Costa rica. I ahve already changed the date twice and they are ok aboiut it but need a week notice. This is the only item...

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Apr 23, 2007 - Gutamala Volcan Pacaya and Lago Atitlan

Hello all, H and I reunited in Antigua and headed up Volcano Pacaya the next day. This place is insanely dangerous. In England you'd be kept about a mile away behind a large heat proof screen but not in Guatamala. Our guide took us up a crumbling black lava flow from 3rd August last year that snakes its way down the side of the volcano. After staggering and slipping our way up for 2 hours we finally reached our destination a little way down from the crater. Molten rock was spewing out and pouring down the side. Hot air was pumping out of...

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Mar 4, 2007 - At the Atitilan Lakes

What a glorious, tranquil, breathtaking place the Atitlan Lake area is. I kept referring to the villages I went to as islands, well in fact there are no islands here at all. But because you feel like your surrounded by water due to the vastness of the Lake, it really feels like every place you go to is an island of its own. We boys started our trip at Santa Cruz, referred to us by some friends and rightly so. As with all the villages you have this amazing view of the lake which was no different here on by having it at your door step. But it...

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Mikey's World Trip

Mar 1, 2007 - Going to Guatemala

Coming to Guatemala was never on the radar until only a few days ago. It's hard to escape the hype when you meet so many fellow backpackers who keep raving on about the nicest people there, it's diverse beautiful landscape and it's cheap food and accommodation. So John, Andy and I jumped on a bus and made the 16hr trip down to the Guatemalan border. Now as trips go, how is this for a little bit, or actually a lot of luck. As we reached the border we found out that there are no connecting buses to Antigua, instead we have to go to the...

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Mikey's World Trip

Feb 19, 2007 - Jesus in a cardigan

Our last entry! Oh how we will miss Juan and Rosalita... We had a lovely day in Antigua, the highlights of which were a salsa lesson from Antigua's least macho salsa dance champion, and the discovery of a street of wrought-iron workshops (Rosalita gets bizarrely excited when visiting hardware shops around the world...). We watched the sunset from the Sky Bar and meandered into several expensive shops full of beautiful things we couldn't afford. Sounds girly but Rosalita insists that it just about makes up for the 4 months of trekking in...

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Jan 25, 2007 - GUATEMALA - Panajchel & goodbye Guatemala :o(

was so sad to leave san pedro!..had such a good 2 weeks there and met so many cool people..i could've stayed a lot lot longer but was time to move on and am so excited about seeing my friends in mexico that i didn't mind leaving too much... ..i won't really miss my school or studying spanish as had enough of it for now - but will take it up again for a few more lessons later on maybe in costa rica...i think am improving slowly but it's just so hard to practice conversations as everyone you meet speaks english!..i know more than enough to...

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Travelling Amy

Jan 14, 2007 - Paradies Lago Atitlan

A. v. Humbold hat gesagt: 'Dies ist der schoenste See der Welt'. Lonely PLanet schreibt: 'Die atemberaubenste Gegend in Central Amerika'. Als ich zum ersten Mal den See sehe, denke ich: wow, die haben ja noch untertrieben! Sofort steht fuer mich fest das ich hier so lange wie moeglich bleibe. Der See ist umgeben von 3500 Meter hohen Vulkanen, das Wasser ist klar und ideal zum schwimmen, die Sonnenuntergaenge dramatisch. Ich finde liebe und wertvolle Freunde und bin mir sicher das ich eines Tages zurueck kommen werde.

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Patrick on the road

Jan 14, 2007 - Antigua: A weekend in Gringoville

Summary: - Trip to Antigua, old colonial town - Celebrating Elizabeths birthday with a nice juicy steak..yum yum - Saying goodbye to las chicas - The freezing drunk in Xela Saturday Elizabeth, Em, Shannon, Mary, Maureen and I headed off to Antigua, a beautiful colonial town with cobbled streets, ancient buildings and tons of tourists hence it’s adopted name ‘Gringoville’. The day didn’t start off exceptionally well as we ended up missing our connecting stop but luckily the next town had buses to Antigua. This was one of the places on my...

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EZ Duz it!

Nov 13, 2006 - San Pedro La Laguna

Buenas Tardes Amigos! (Good afternoon friends, for those who are not spanishly inclined!!!) James and I have moved on again! After getting up early for the last two weekes it feels we decided we needed some laying in time. We heard about San Pedro on the lake, where life's chilled and unrushed so 10 hrs and 5 chicken buses later we arrived in the really small and sedate town! To give an example of chicken bus numbers we were a 16 seater minivan with 24 other people!!! Try it sometime its fun!!! Anyway we arrived and it is as peacful as...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango is a small village town about an hour from Panajachel. We took a shuttle bus through the valley on very twisty roads and were amazed with the organized chaos when we arrived. Each week on Sundays and Thursdays, stalls are erected by people from surrounding villages and artisans. The area between the two churches book ending town are filled with white tarps covering the stalls for tourist artisan goods and local needs. We enjoyed touring around the stalls, consistently reminded that people had a special price just for us....

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