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Jan 13, 2012 - Antigua, Guatemala

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...

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Central America 2011

Dec 27, 2011 - Guatemala by the numbers~

Well the second full day in Antigua. The longer I stay the more I like it! I have a few thoughts on numbers here in Guatemala; 1 Guatemalan tour leader 1 British couple 1 New Zealand couple 2 Aussie girls 2 Aussie couples 1 Lone Canadian-trying to keep up a good Canadian appearance 1 group of travellers on an adventure of a lifetime seen on a tshirt today~'YOLO'~you only live once 0-- the number of times I will ever enter Taco Bell from now on! 1--US dollar = 7.70 Guatemalan quetzales-good to know quickly to pay for things 2--days and you...

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Christmas 2011

Dec 26, 2011 - Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua... After a multiple hour sleep---I think around 9 hours I woke up to the sounds of motorcycles roaring by...I lay there thinking how is this possible when I am at the back of the Posada Los Bucaros??? Then I remembered that there are 2 open courtyards and one small one-I am by the small one with the fountain-so thus the noise, but hey who can complain when I walk out to the 2nd courtyard and get fresh coffee and a great start to a wonderful morning. I made my way to Old Town Outfitters for my Volcano hike...they weren't open, yet(my...

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Christmas 2011

Sep 14, 2011 - Antigua, the Colonial City

Today we got to Antigua. In Spanish colonial times, pretty much all of what we now think of as Central America was ¨Guatemala,¨ with Antigua as the capital. The capital was moved to Guatemala City in the 1700s after a super destructive earthquake, and Antigua was stripped of its colonial finery and pretty much abandoned until about 50 years ago, when tourism revived it. As such, everything that wasn´t nailed down was moved to GC but the ruins and architecture remain. Antigua now has many museums, art galleries and nightclubs to feed the...

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Sep 10, 2011 - Finally arriving in Guatemala

After 3 flights and 2 yellow Valium I finally arrived in Guatemala city, walked out of airport into hot clammy heat and the wee guy was waiting with a bit cardboard with my name on it..thank god!!! The drive was about an hour, i attempted some basic spanish as the guy had no english but wasnt really happening so just sat and took in the view, during that time we went through the city surrounded on both sides by mountains,loads of people on the side of the street selling just about everything you could imagine. The roads were crazy with...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Adios Xela, Hola Atitlan

On Thursday we went to a great market in Chichicastenango, or chichi for short. It was a fun experience and a very colorful place. However, on the way there one of the most frightening things in our life occurred. We were riding in a chicken bus down a four lane highway when we came across a lot of debris on our side of the highway so our driver moved over to the opposite lanes. After a couple of minutes in the other lane, a second chicken bus comes rushing around the curve, and the driver slams on the breaks,stopping with only about 5 feet...

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Aug 29, 2011 - In Xela

We arrived in Xela on saturday after a 4 hour nauseating, high speed ride around the guatemalen hills. On sunday we picked our spanish school, El Portal, and enrolled in a week of classes. The school was nice enough and the teacher seemed great but what really convinced us to pick this particular school was that they are a non-profit organization and our money goes towards education scholarships for poor children of single mothers here in xela. We had our first day of spanish class this morning(5 hours) and are excited to learn so we dont...

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Aug 26, 2011 - Arrived in Guatemala!!!!!

Hola mis amigos! We have safely arrived in Guatemala and enjoying our time in Antigua. Our first night, our hotel was located above a club, where there was also construction on the roof beginning VERY early in the morning. Let´s just say it wasn´t the relaxing first night in guatemala that we hoped for. The second and third night we were in a much better hostal for 6$ a night. We have been exploring antigua, which is an amazing (but touristy) colonial town. Lots of ruins, and surpisingly lots of american and european food including pizza....

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Jul 22, 2011 - Cobbled streets and arches.

Antigua 22/07/11 Cobbled streets and arches. Antigua is the tourism show piece of Guatemala, according to the bible (‘Lonely Planet’) and it isn’t hard to see why. It has a very colonial feel to it. All the roads are set out in a grid and amongst the new concrete buildings are the old Spanish stone built ones. There are a few that have been restored, or didn’t get knocked down by earthquakes. Most of these were the town council buildings or the churches. There are plenty of relics that are about, tumbled down archways and walls of...

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3rd Gap Year

Jul 16, 2011 - Antigua

Bonjour a tous! Nous revoila a Antigua pour encore deux jours! Avant d;aller au Lac Atitlan, nous avons sejourner deux jours dans cette petites villes coloniales! Ici, cest plutot touristique mais tres charmant a la fois! Les rues sont paves de petites pierres, les maison et commerces peintures de couleurs pastels! A notre arrive, nous avons marche a travers les petites rues afin dexplorer la ville! On sest permis une soire dans un bar vraiment le fun!!! Mick est reste avec d;autres gars de notre groupe dans le bar pendant que moi et...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Antigua

Well, I ended up travelling back up to Antigua and ended my second GAP tour through Central America. Antigua is sure a nice place to hang out as the locals are really friendly here and there is quite a bit to do. There are a few activities like Volcano hiking, there are many many Spanish schools, and there is a sizeable market area for those that like to shop. Today I start the third GAP tour called the Volcano Trail tour and it is by far the most popular GAP tour through Central America as it always fills up. I have a full 15 people on...

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Jun 29, 2011 - Antigua

Well we got to Antigua yesterday and it took quite a bit longer than originally expected as there had been a landslide on the road going to Guatemala City which we needed to get through in order to get to Antigua. It all worked out in the end though and I was quite happy that we had opted for a private van instead of the chicken bus. The chicken buses are often quite full, have no air (are basically just school buses that have been converted to regular buses). In case I hadn't mentioned it before, we call them chicken buses because the...

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