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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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May 17, 2010 - Dolce Vita am Lake Atitlan...

16. Mai - Fortsetzung: Ankunft in Panajachel - Bezug des Hotels: Zimmer wieder schwer ok - mit tollem TV und jeder Menge Programme --> unser Spanisch verbessert sich dank Untertitel merklich... der Beweis: ... no juegos conmigo ... esta sudando ... der Rest wird bei Bedarf ausgepackt ;-) Am Abend gab's wieder ein Gruppen-Dinner mit musikalischer Untermalung von einer lokalen (?) Persoenlichkeit des Dorfs... hoechst fragwuerdiger Versuch uns das Geld aus der Tasche zu ziehen (gelang allerdings). Zuvor hatten wir die Main Street erkundet, die...

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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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Feb 7, 2010 - A Lake View Through New Eyes

First, I should point out the good news; I have purchased a new camera. There wasn’t much choice here, and I doubt the small rather dodgy shop I picked it up from has even heard of a warranty, and if they had I wouldn’t know because we were speaking different languages. Our communication only reached absolute synchronicity when we haggled over the price and I got him to throw in a memory card and spare battery. It certainly was no cheaper than UK high street prices and I could have got it much cheaper online, but with our transient...

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Operation Badger

Jan 24, 2010 - The Zip-Line

The day started early for us who awoke in time to see the morning sun light up Tolima’n and San Pedro Volcanos and highlight a light mist on Lake Atitla’n. The hotel provided a good breakfast with an abundance of fresh fruit. For those who were adventurous, we were introduced to Zip-lining. After a short bus ride to the Atitla’n Nature Reserve we were decked out in our Zip-line gear. We then walked for 30 minutes through a cloud forest between coffee trees, up and up across hanging bridges by the spider monkeys and a high waterfall. Then...

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Route of the Maya

Jan 23, 2010 - Atitlan

From Guatemala City we headed to Panajachel on Lake Atitilan. Heading north on the Pan-American Highway we entered Mayan land, an area where Mayan’s are the predominate people. As part of the tour, to become emmersed in the Mayans, we stopped at a brickyard run and manned by Mayans, so we could become aware of what a hardworking people they are. All work was being done by hand. The crew arrives soon after sunrise 6:30 to 7:00 and work till sunset 6:00. First they mix the clay with their feet, and then set about molding the bricks, tiles,...

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Route of the Maya

Jan 5, 2010 - Lake Atitlan

We went back to Antigua to do some laundry, then we went on a bus to Lake Atitlan for Christmas. It was a beautiful lake surrounded in volcanoes. We stayed in a hotel called Hotel Bambu, that was really nice. On Christmas day my family went kayaking to explore the lake. Hotel Bambu is in a small town called Santiago de Atitlan. We went around the town in a tuk tuk and it was cool. When we left Santiago de Atitlan, we took a boat tour to see some of the other villages on the lake.

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Jan 5, 2010 - Lake Atitlan

We took a three hour bus to Panajachel, which is on the side of Lake Atitlan. Then we got a boat to Santiago de Atitlan and went to our hotel, Hotel Bambu. Hotel Bambu is a nice hotel that has a pool and a small dock. On Christmas day my family went kayaking around the edges of the lake. We spotted some egrets. When we got back from our kayaking, we went to dinner in Santiago de Atitlan at another hotel and had a buffet turkey dinner with lots of other travellers. After spending a couple of days in Santiago de Atitlan, the next day we took...

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Jan 3, 2010 - Lake Atitlan

Three hours in a bus through windy mountain roads and we found ourselves in the lakeside town of Panajachel. Lake Atitlan is a beautiful lake surrounded by volcanoes. We spent the afternoon doing our Christmas shopping in the markets of Panajachel and then took a boat across the lake to Santiago de Atitlan, where we checked into our cushy hotel on the lakeside, Hotel Bambu, to spend Christmas. We spent Christmas day enjoying the peace in the beautiful gardens of Hotel Bambu, then went out for a kayak on the lake to check out the action on...

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Sep 8, 2009 - The magical Lake Atitlan

September 2, 2009,Wednesday,Massages at the Bela Spa, a relaxing day with some planning and laundry. September 3, 2009,Thursday,Market day to stock up for the Atitlan trip, an update the website day and Paid bills.. September 4, 2009,Friday-Left Antigua for Lake Atitlan-Camped at Hotel Vision Azul. We took John and Sharon out to breakfast at a beautiful garden restaurant next to their complex. It has been so nice to have hot showers, a large bed, and a beautiful home for recuperating from daily traveling and decision making. We then left...

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May 12, 2009 - Medical adventures in the Guatemalan highlands

During my medical training, I revered (and was taught to do so) the learned academic doctors. Those well-known doctors in high powered medical centers where research was abundant and sacred. Those who could easily drop the reference to any piece of medical information and casually throw out sentences like “we really only need to give him a single dose of IM dexamethasone as shown Slawoski et al, NEJM, may 15 1998”. Perhaps it was all a show, as I never checked on those to make sure they weren’t just blowing wind. Regardless, these were the...

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