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May 17, 2005 - Lake Atitlan

Yeah, its great to finally have the web site up to date, and get some more pics up there! We still have a few things to add to a couple of entries, but the basics are there. We loved Antigua - the colourful buildings, cobblestone streets, old crumbling 16th century churches, great cheap food (and booze) etc. We are now in Panajachel on the shore of Lake Atitlan, 3 hours to the west of Antigua. Good bus trip this morning, and we have been relaxing after finding some really good digs, and will take a boat ride in the morning around the lake...

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May 15, 2005 - Chichicastenango Markets

A 7am crowded minibus to Chichicastenango for the colourful markets - safely arriving at 9:30am after a fairly hairy journey up and down mountainsides contesting with oncoming trucks and chicken buses. A colourful scene of market stalls lining streets as far as the eye could see, plus the usual market hussle and bussle met us on our arrival. Disembarked with the instructions to be back at the bus by 1:50pm, then joined the fray. Where to start..... just followed our noses, haggled for any purchases and generally enjoyed the scene. 'Chichi'...

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May 10, 2005 - Panajachel and Lake Atitlan

Okay so to sum up Antigua. It's a pretty little place; a colonial town that is struggling with itself because it is such a tour place the modren world in coming through a colonial shell. It's really beautiful and I think it will remain that way because there are restictions on the building and what not for new developers and investors. I spent my last night in the area at a place called The Earth Lodge which was really great, really quiet and very friendly. They have limited accomidations and it's outside of Antigua so you basically call...

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Newman's Journey

Apr 23, 2005 - Chichi et toutes ses couleurs

Le celebre marche de Chichicastenango... beaucoup plus touristique que San Francisco Al Alto mais tres sympas pour apprecier les tissus brodes a la main des differentes communautes indigenes qui viennent vendre ici leurs productions artisanales pour me regaler a prendre des photos, assister a des processions religieuses ou se melangent le catholicisme et les croyances indigenes et pour craquer (j'avoue) sur une jupe et quelques foulards (entre autres !!!) Derriere ces etalages de couleurs, c'est curieux de decouvrir comme un arriere scene,...

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Lenalatina 2005

Apr 11, 2005 - At least it wasn't malaria.....

Friday 08.04.05 My lower back was in curiously acute agony in the morning, made worse by my commitment to travel to Antigua Guatemala. It was a journey by way of boat, tuk-tuk and two Chicken Bus rides (which are not the most accomodating of beasts at the best of times), and when i finally alighted at five in the afternoon, i could barely walk. Antigua's name stems from being the capital of Guatemala for over 200 years, but after several serious earthquakes destroyed large parts of the town in the 1770s, the capital was moved to a valley...

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Apr 8, 2005 - El Lago de Atitlan

This is my second day at Lake Atitlan, and it's absolutely paridise. My apologies to those of you whom I haven't responded to yet (via email). Stanford webmail blows, and the serves have been down all day. I bet Cal students don't have these problems. Eric and I are staying at this unbelievable hotel residing on a sheer cliff over the lake (called Casa Del Mundo). To say it's beautiful doesn't do it justice. We just finished climbing one of the volcano's over here (San Pedro), and are headed back to do some relaxing & cliff jumping for the...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Panajachel, GUATEMALA

We arrived in Panajachel April 1st and are taking immersion Spanish lessons all week. We're staying in a hotel with a pool for the kids as the family situation was too difficult a transition. The lake is beautiful, truly a unique spot and our side trips have been very interesting and fun. All is well............

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Mar 6, 2005 - Chichicastenango

I was going to take the scenic route back to Antigua, but the tummy bug I picked up on Friday put paid to that. A tummy bug is easy enough to deal with- you simply stop eating until it goes away. But the scenic route would have meant at least two straight days on facility-free buses and trucks, ergo I wouldn't have wanted to risk eating until Tuesday, a little longer than I fancied. So I headed down to Chichicastenango (it's OK, everyone calls it Chichi) which was a mere seven hours and three buses away and has a really good Sunday market,...

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Ruth on the road

Feb 25, 2005 - San Pedro La Laguna

Everyone told me how beautiful San Pedro, on the edge of Lake Atitlan, was and I was going to spend a week here, polishing up my Spanish. But I changed my mind a couple of days ago and now I´m here I´m not regretting it. It´s is a dusty little town full of language schools and grungy gringos looking like refugees from Glastonbury, selling bead necklaces, tie-dyed clothing and running multicoloured vegetarian restaurants. There's a weekend-long party going on just along the coast of the lake, which pretty much completes the hippy festival...

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Ruth on the road

Nov 29, 2004 - Day trip to Lago de Atitlan

Today we took a day trip out to Lago de Atitlan. We booked a shuttle, but got off early in a small town called Solola. Krista had always wanted to stop there, so this time we did. We wandered the market a little, then caught a chicken bus to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The bus ride was fantastic! We were crammed in tight with many indigenous people in their beautiful clothes. We weren't on the bus for long though because we hopped off where the views were good then walked about 3-4mi downhill to get to Panajachel. We wandered...

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Nov 27, 2004 - Guatemala - Lago Atitilan

Travelled over to Lake Atitilan for the weekend for a break from the studying. Relaxing place in the mountains (er Volcanoes). We stayed at San Marcos de Laguna which was meant to be for meditation...shame about the strange music!!! The boat journey was better than anything in Alton Towers!

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Nov 11, 2004 - Chichicastenango

Donderdag marktdag. Op naar Chichicastengo een uurtje ten noorden van Panajachel gelegen, waar één van de beroemdste Maya markten in Centraal Amerika plaatsvindt. Alles speelt zich af rond het centrale marktplein dat in plaats van een open vlakte omgetoverd wordt in een wirwar van overdekte steegjes met kraampjes en stalletjes waar je alles kan kopen van bananen over granen, gebruiksvoorwerpen allerhande en zelfs offergaves. Ook hier weer houdt men immers vast aan oude Maya rites (ook Shamanism geheten), alleen mengt men ze met katholieke...

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