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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 30, 2008 - Martin's Tatoo

Ok, I figured that I had to have a "grabber" title in order to get you to read this post. Most of you know that we are already home so I have to spruce this up a bit to keep it from being too stale! Since I have not taken complete leave of my senses, the tatoo is henna. Even though Martin had it touched up before we left, it faded very quickly. I suspect that when he is 18, buys his motorcycle and lets his hair grow, he will get something more permanent. On the one hand, I think that maybe the popular culture will have moved on by then,...

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Jun 30, 2008 - San Cristobal-Panajachel, Guatemala

Am now in a place called Panacajachel in Guatemala. Crossed the border from Mexico yesterday to get to this really beautiful lake, off on a lake tour tomorrow Had a really long day yesterday in terms of travel. 12 hours in total as follows, coach, collectivo van, chicken bus, taxi, border crossing, tuc tuc van, chicken bus, coach, chicken bus to finish. Really hectic but an unforgettable day Off down to Antigua in a couple of days and then off to Honduras and Nicaragua with a new group. Going to a market along the way and then a live...

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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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Jun 25, 2008 - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

We took a two hour mini bus through the winding hills up to the stunning mountain lake called Lago Atitlan. It is a candidate for one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World"...it got my vote! What was meant to be just a couple days at the lake turned into a week! I got completely sucked in by the beauty and transquility of this magical area. I did yoga every morning and meditated with the sunset every day in a place called Las Pyramides (a pyramid shaped building). We ate wonderful organic foods at restaurants right by the lake and...

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Jun 24, 2008 - On the road to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan is at about 5100 foot elevation. This road takes one up mountains considerably higher than the lake and allows some breath-taking views. I basically stayed at the largest pueblo on the lake, Panajachel, which has a good size expatriate population and tourism is a big part of its economy. There were a lot of locales who spoke good English, many of whom had lived in the states. Crossing the border into Guatemala was quite simple. However, one of those unexpected occurrences came up. The lazer printer used to print the entry form...

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Jun 16, 2008 - Lago de Atitlan and Chichicastenango

This weekend was amazing! I figured I´d break this entry up into two parts: first is Lago de Atitlan and the second is Chichicastenango Lago de Atitlan/Panajachel Saturday morning we caught a bus to Panajachel about 8:30 in the morning. It was about a 2 hour drive from Antigua, but it was really uncomfortable. Luckily Tessa brought her iPod so we were able to at least listen to some music while we sat there. The people behind us and next to us were from China and Russia and it was really cool to hang out with them at first. Later though,...

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Jun 16, 2008 - Antigua to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan

Our last day in Antigua was very tranquil. It was a very beautiful day that we spent leisurely just ambling around the town. I was able to go with Martin to his McDonalds and was pleasantly surprised. It has to be the most beautiful Mickey D´s you ever saw--of course that is a low bar to jump! It has beautiful gardens, fountains, statues and even topiary. Of course, they blow it a little with a statue of Ronald McDonald in the gardens, but overall not bad. For our last night, we ate out instead of with the family. It was a lovely restaurant...

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May 26, 2008 - Flashbacks

I first went to Guatemala in December of 2006 and rung in the New Year salsa dancing the night away with several short, drunk Mayans and a group of friends from school (I also learned to jitterbug this night..that's for you grandma!) In my first few months at college I felt out of place. I had moved to a new city and knew absolutely no one so, I was trying to find a niche and I joined Christian Campus House. I laugh at this now because anyone who knows me well enough knows this is absolutely the wrong group for me to join (I am thinking of...

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May 8, 2008 - Guatemala

Today was a pretty manic day! It was an early start as we had to leave before breakfast so we were up at 615am to finish packing (such a hassle packing and re-packing 3 months of stuff every other night!) Then we jumped in 4 taxis to go to the bus station and our coach left at 845. After about an hour on the coach we arrived at the Mexican migration offices. Here we got off the coach and collected our bags while our tour leader collected all our passports and Mexican tourist cards so we could get an exit stamp to leave Mexico. We then all...

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Apr 10, 2008 - San Pedro

Bon d'accord, cela fait longtemps que je n'ai pas donné de mes nouvelles sur mon blog, vous m'excuserer. Je n'ai pas encore réussi à formuler quelque chose pour expliquer tout les événements de la Semaine Sainte mais bientôt cela viendra. Vous pourrez ainsi savoir l'incroyable histoire du vol de mes cartes de crédit et bien plus encore. Je suis donc à San Pedro depuis le 27 mars. André-Anne ma meilleure amie avec qui je partageais mes fabuleuses aventures est partie ce même jour. Je suis donc maintenant toute seule mais vraiment bien...

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