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Jun 1, 2010 - San Pedro #4

San Pedro La Laguna journal. 30-31 de Mayo, 2010. Sunday: Wow! So all that rain the last two days was tropical storm Agatha. We didn’t know it until Sunday when we were looking for news on the volcano situation. Pretty crazy having all these natural disasters happening at the same time – and with volcanic eruptions in Equador and Costa Rica to boot. The rain was a bad thing for the volcano situation because it made the ash into a cement-like mush; but a good thing because it washed off the ash from all the coffee crops. According to the...

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May 29, 2010 - San Pedro #3

27-29 de Mayo, 2010. Here are some earlier items that I neglected to mention in previous posts. Monday night we ate dinner at La Jardin, a French restaurant where you sit on cushions in front of a low table, with the table area being open all around with a roof held up by four posts. Traci and I were seated on one side of the table and while we waited for Jake a dog came and sat on Jake’s side as well as you please. He looked like he had joined us and was waiting for the waitress to bring him a drink. Jake shooed him away when he arrived....

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May 26, 2010 - San Pedro #2

It’s hard to be immersed in Spanish when other students speak English but I have met some great people and we have been hanging out after class. But I think I am progressing after 2 days here. It’s easy to acclimate to the town and the routine. I really like it but it’s hard to believe that it’s already Wednesday. Traci, my housemate, has been here already for 2 weeks with plans to move on to another part of the country either next week or the week after. She plans to learn Spanish while traveling to various parts of the country for several...

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May 24, 2010 - Made it to San Pedro La Laguna

Hola familia y amigos! Yo llego en San Pedro La Laguna los cincos y media del tarde 5/23/10. Although it was not without some challenge. Left Tampa for Atlanta on time at 7:30am for Atlanta and arrived a bit early. I had a long trip to make the connection and thought it would be no problem until the plane stopped on the tarmac for 15 minutes waiting for traffic to clear. It finally deplaned at 9:30am and made a made dash from terminal A --> B --> C --> D --> E to make my 9:50am flight. Not only did I make it but when I got to my seat I had...

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Mar 8, 2010 - San Pedro on Lake Atitlan

Before leaving Chichi we wander thru now empty, once busy market streets...amazing the change from stick stalls and crowds to narrow open town center, even 1/2 clean/swept up. Head for Panajachel & Lake Atitlan lv at 8:45 on bus just half a block from Hotel. Travel all thru mtns...bus to Los Enquentas 1st, then another to Solola and another to Panajachel where we hike to a friend of Mike's in MI but the restaurant is not open and when we knocked it was clear we came on not a good day...he said they would be open next time we are thru...

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Apr 20, 2009 - San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan

After our brief time In Panajachel, we headed off across the Lake to San Pedro La Laguna, where we had booked our next hotel. Now of course, we're not on the group tour and are travelling independently, so first there was a bit of a walk with our luggage down to the lake shore and the waiting boats. There plenty of people were keen enough to get us on a boat to San Pedro, so it wasn't a problem. The only issue was the price - which we agreed before we got on, but then they upped once we were on, with our bags loaded - but that's Guatemala...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Guatemala: San Pedro

Updates are a little slow but better than never I guess! We left Semuc on April 8 to head to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful and enormous lake in Guatemala surrounded by volcanoes, to a small town with lots of hippies and long term travelers called San Pedro. We were hoping to arrive in time for one of San Pedro´s full moon parties, unfortunately when we got there we found it was being held in another village on the lake so didn’t make it. Deciding we needed some luxury (i.e. king bed and cable) we booked a nice place on the lake run by two...

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Nov 15, 2008 - Settling In

The last couple of days have been great as I have really started to settle in to San Pedro. After waking up pain free I made my way to the spanish school and met some of the staff who were all very nice, and a short time later someone from the family I am staying with came to pick me up. I was asked if I wanted to start my spanish lessons today or tomorrow, and after much deliberation I arranged to come back at 2pm for my first lesson and I was off to see my new room and meet my Guatemalan family. About five minutes and a very steep hill...

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Nov 6, 2008 - San Pedro de Laguna

November 6th, 2008 I got up bright and early to catch my shuttle from Xela to Panajachel. Once I got to Pana, I asked to be dropped off at the public launcha...except I was dropped off at the private one. So, I didn't want to pay for a private boat, so I slowly walked to the public one, asking everyother person if I was headed the right direction. I got into a bit of trouble. This old, scrawly, cowboy (he had a cowboy hat on) decided to follow me and then escort me there. I told him that I was perfectly fine and I could get there on my...

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Leslie's Trip South

Oct 1, 2008 - San Pedro - one heck of a trek!

September 28 - October 01 It was a really rough arrival to San Pedro - it required a long trek by shuttle bus through many windy unpaved mountain roads and an overoccupied water taxi in the pouring rain. (It's always positive talk all the time, so time for some honesty. It's times like these that the journey gets tough and all you want is your comfy bed and HBO. I don't care what any hard core backpacker says, it's true!) San Pedro is a popular backpacking town as it´s still really cheap. Soaking wet from head to toe we quickly landed a...

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Jun 27, 2008 - Lake Atitlan

Three hours on the bus brought us to Lake Atitlan in the Highlands. Surrounded by volcanos the lake has a dramatic setting with the light changing constantly across the water. Spent a night in Panajachel. Little of merit there and it was extremely busy due to it being a long holiday weekend in Guatemala. Took a small boat acros the lake to San Pedro which was much more to our liking. The town was several days into a fiesta and the atmosphere was excellent. The population is predominantly Mayan with most of the women (and some of the men)...

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Jan 6, 2008 - A couple of days at Lake Atitlan

Elma and I spent the first day in San Marcos and San Pedro, swimming, hiking, touring about, eating good food and taking a traditional sauna. The next day, she had to head home for some business, and I continued to keep a similarly relaxing pace - with only two tasks on my plate: sign up for the sunrise climb of Volcan San Pedro for the next day, and move to San Pedro, the town, for that crack of dawn start. After the volcano hike on day three, I took a boat back to Panajachel, where I visited the man who sewed three shirts I have at home...

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