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Jul 29, 2010 - Antigua - Guatemala
July 28, 2010 I am finally in Antigua and in the four months I spent in Mexico I never saw a more touristier (sic) place. Even San Miguel de Allende. When I arrived at the border I knew there was going to be trouble. I lost my temporary importation documents (TID) for Electra. I first went to immigration and got my exit stamp on my passport then I went to customs to explain my situation. I could have left the country right there and then but I needed to hand in my TID and in turn coincide the TID to the serial numbers on the bike and then...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2010 - Guatemala - Flores, Tikal, Lanquin, Antigua & Lake Atitlan
After Fleeing Tropical Storm Alex we were relieved to arrive in Flores at the Los Amigos hostel were the vibe was excellent. We quickly settled into a few beers and the worries we had earlier were exchanged for many laughs through the night with the different travelers staying there. Los Amigos definitely attracted a great crowd. The food was also amazing and cheap...just what we needed! Flores is on a beautiful lake however the main attraction is the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal an hour away. We were talked into the 04:30 departure and it...Jump to full entry
Jul 4, 2010 - Galapagos: Isabella
Our boat trip to Isabella was a two stage journey. The first a boat at 7am from San Cristobal back to Santa Cruz (two hours) then a second boat to Isabella (another two hours)after a four hour break. Yes, I did take the Mareol sea sickness tablet!Good job too as both crossings were rough although the early boat less so. We had a four hour stop over in Santa Cruz so I was able to phone you Julian, for your birthday. As we were approaching the port the water was quite shallow and very clear and we saw Rays gliding beneath the surface. On...Jump to full entry
Jun 28, 2010 - Galapagos: San Cristobal
Our trip over to the next island, San Cristobal was an arduous two hour speed boat crossing. Our bags were inspected to ensure we were not carrying any fresh fruit or seeds from one island to another and then we boarded.The boat was small (took 16 people) and this is open sea! As soon as we got out of the bay the boat started pitching and weaving, I´d woken with a dodgy stomach anyway so of course I got sea sick. We´d bought sea sickness tablets called Mareol when we were in Quito, but of course I hadn´t taken it. So, I moved to the back of...Jump to full entry
Jun 18, 2010 - Antigua
The shuttle bus from San Cristobal to Antigua was interesting to say the least. We were driven to the Guatemalan border where the driver parked in a market, so we had to carry all our stuff through the market to immigration. After getting our stamp we had to get on another minibus on the Guatemalan side that would take us to Antigua. However for some reason the driver stopped halfway, waited at a petrol station for an hour for his mate to turn up, and then put half of us on his mate's bus. Our third bus was quite a treat. We had an American...Jump to full entry
Jun 17, 2010 - Catamaran Island : Rio Dulce
Arrived in Rio Dulce after a 5 and a half hour bus ride on the Litegua line. An air conditioned bus! Amazing! I got a shuttle from Antigua to the Litegua bus station in Guatemala City and the shuttle driver went into major protection mode. Escorted me into the bus station and told me to stay inside the office until the bus was ready to go! I was more nervous about leaving my bag in the bus hold, but got a check in baggage ticket so had to put my trust in the system...and of course it was ok! I watched nervously as people departed at various...Jump to full entry
Today was my last day at the school project. The project leader took me to help deliver some new beds to a family whose home had been completely destroyed by a landslide during tropical storm Agatha.In the first photo you can just see the remnants of the tin roof lying in the mud on the right hand side. The house was of the bamboo fence type and completely swept away. The family had been taken in by another family and we were delivering new beds that had been bought for them by the project. The daughter of the family attends the project...Jump to full entry
Jun 12, 2010 - New York City....7219kms / 4511 miles
Savanna to Charlston - 207kms Another couch surfing destination and possibly the most interesting one yet, David, my host seemed to be at ease with the constant flow of relative strangers coming in and out of his house....just leave the key under the bush, O.K!! Seeing as my host was at work I decide to go and explore downtown Charlston in the afternoon, it nearly all came to a tragic ending when, whilst riding my motorbike, my map flew up into my face, anyway, I did make it and listened to some good music in the park so it was all worth it...Jump to full entry
Jun 6, 2010 - Antigua!
Antigua journal. 05-06 de junio, 2010. Saturday: I got up at the usual 5:30am and gave a thought to going to see Traci and Jake off then realized that I didn’t know where they were leaving from so I took a shower and packed up. I had paid the bill on Friday evening, so I was ready to roll out of San Pedro. I considered looking for a Tuc Tuc to take me and my bags to the dock but by the time I was out to a place to find a Tuc Tuc I was almost there. Plus it was mostly pavement or brick road so the suitcase wheeled just fine. After purchasing...Jump to full entry
Jun 6, 2010 - Tikal National Park
Well here I am in Tikal Park, doing it the posh way. I flew from Guatemala City (Tag hanger) rather than taking the the 8/9 hour bus journey. I was picked up from home at 4.15am in a shuttle for the airport and arrived for the flight at 6.30am. The plane was a propeller job taking 33 passengers, but it wasn't full. The flight was about an hour to Flores and then an hour and a half bus journey to Tikal Park itself. I thought a few others had booked the same trip as me but when we turned up, I was the only one being picked up for this...Jump to full entry
Jun 3, 2010 - My 1 month anniversary!!
25/05/10 New Orleans to Mobile 292kms I felt sorry to say goodbye to new Orleans, it really is a great city. Mobile has the feeling of a town where everyhting is just about to open, like people stretching after their mid afternoon siesta. I spoke to a few locals who assured me that this was actually the general feel of Mobile, interesting. In comparison to Europe, the U.S still has lots of land available which menas that there are still smaller places trying to put their mark on the map. Mobile was a motel stop for me, so I found a nice...Jump to full entry
May 29, 2010 - Mi Proyecto!
I am volunteering for 4 weeks (2 already done) at this small school in a pueblo at the foot of Volcan Agua. I get a bus each morning at 7.20 and it costs me 3.50 quetzales each way. The buses have amazing capacity! Like "how many people can you fit into a mini?" type of capacity. I am usually very squished and either sitting on a wooden box in between seats or crushed by some very plump person. It is only a 15 minute ride though so it's ok, despite wheel squealing corner taking. We drove back the other day in the rain and there were no...Jump to full entry