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Mar 19, 2008 - Santiago

Pour ceux qui ont vu mon film sur le Guatemala, est-ce que vous vous souvenez de la partie qui explique le culte à Maximon? Bon vous ne l'avez peut-être pas vue je vais donc vous donner des explications. C'est un culte présent surtout chez les mayas dont les origines sont obscurs. Maximon c'est en fait une statue de bois qui a une tendance à apprécier le rhum, les cigares et bon tout ce qu'on aime bien en général. C'est un Dieu en marge du catholicisme. En entrant dans la petite pièce enfumée ou se trouve l'effigie divine, on commence par...

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Mar 13, 2008 - San Pedro (cours d'espagnol)

Nous y voici, nous y voilà! San Pedro de la Laguna. Inutile de dire que je suis au paradis!! La ville reste pas mal le même qu'avant même que des gens me reconnaissent dans la rue. Québécoise sa va bien?? C'est vraiment agréable. Nous avons choisi l'école d'espagnol La Cooperative Escuela, qui comme son nom l'indique est une coopérative. Des sous sont remis au moins bien nantis de San Pedro. Par exemple, avec mon enseignant Chino, nous sommes allés remettre un sac de provisions à une veuve en ville. Elle ne parle pas un mot d'espagnol,...

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Mar 12, 2008 - Vers le Lac Atitlan!!!!!!!!!!!

Houlala quel trajet! Pour se rendre jusque qu'ici je crois qu'on a pris 8 transports différents. On est partie de Coban à trois heures du matin vers Guatemala Ciudad qui me fait toujours autant peur. Puis, de la Ciudad à Antigua, ou nous sommes restées déjeuner. On a aussi pris une réservation de chambre pour la semaine sainte parce que c'est là que ça se passe. Puis, encore un autre bus vers Chimaltenengo. C'est super drôle parce il y toujours un crieur de bus qui hurle le nom de la ville ou le bus s'en va. Ça fait comme...

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Feb 18, 2008 - The wind and the spray!

After another long lie (I need to make up for those early mornings in school), I wandered down to the town for a brief look at the streets and a look at the lake. Sadly it was very cloudy over the lake, so I haven't yet got any of the shots of the fabulous volcanos surrounding it. Seduced by the cheapness of the ride (roughly about $3), I jumped into a little lancha to cross the lake to Santiago Atitlan, on the opposite side from Pana. I seemed to be the only tourist passenger, as all the others seemed to be small women hauling bundles...

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Feb 17, 2008 - Hairpin bends and Kamikazi drivers...

I nipped out for breakfast and was completely caught out when, for the first time ever, the shuttle bus I'd booked turned up early. Totally unheard of. This completely threw me, so much so that I didn't have time to remove any of the valuables (passport and credit card - eek!) from the rucksack before it was tossed on the roof. Cue fervant prayers that it didn`t fall off halfway to Lake Atitlan. The journey itself was fairly crazy; the driver had clearly graduated from the Kamikazi school of collectivo driving and the mountains we were...

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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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Dec 7, 2007 - Guatemala - Lago Atitilan

As we approached the end of our journey we decided to slow the pace and spent 7 days in the town of San Pedro on the shores of Lago Atitilan. This lake was described in the guidebook as the most beautiful in the world ... whoever wrote that has clearly never visited the South Island of New Zealand! San Pedro has been taken over by expat hippies from around the world, pushing the locals up the hill and away from the lake. A real shame which has destroyed much of the culture and beauty of the town. The area is famous for the coffee grown all...

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Nov 15, 2007 - Boating around Lago de Atitlan

So I've being hanging around lago de atitlan for a few days now. Yesterday I took a boat ride to a few places around the lake. Now my mate Darryl will tell you I'm the person you need to have your cameras out for when I'm boarding a boat. However so far no major problems with boats at all. No wobbles no near misses no falling off wharves nothing. Should I have said that before I take a fewe more boat trips today and tomorrow? Probably not. Also for those wondering how I`m going with the weird fish in the lake that do weird things to...

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Nov 13, 2007 - La Isla Verde

Well I left the bustling lakeside town of Panajachel, for a little bit of paradise. I took the boat to my next stop near the town of Santa Cruz on Lago de Atitlan. OK the place is beuatiful, but i nearly killed myself luggin my backpack up more steps. The hotel is located in a nice little gully on the side of a hill. Pîcture this, I wake up in the morning with the sun shining and beutiful views of the lake. Probably an ideal honeymoon location, but I'm the only one staying here right now, plus got it at a good price. Oh the bathroom is an...

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Nov 12, 2007 - Panajachel (updated)

Today I'm in Panajachel. Its a town on the edge of Lake Atitlan that is essentially a stop for visiting the towns around the lake. The lake has 2 towering volcanos either side, just to make it feel more dramatic. Its full of mayan craft and eager people trying to sell them to you. Much more akin to asia or european tourist hot spots like the Eiffel tower, or Pisa. The drive here was shockingly nauseous. I was nearly sick as the driver would break hard, accelerate fast for speed humps and yank the van around corners. I never felt unsafe,...

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Oct 11, 2007 - Thursday -- School, A Downpour, Crazy Drivers, & Lake Atitlan

Jueves/Thursday, 11 Octubre ~ Antigua y Lago Atitlan Did I say that the rainy season here is coming to a close? Well, God must have suddenly noticed that Guatemala hadn't met quota yet. It poured all night & hardly let up...just enough for us to get to school. I dropped a bag at the lavanderia on the way; it would be ready at noon. We had a great many farewells to say, and a lot more Spanish to cover. Monica finished with my past-tense irregular verbs and was determined to have me master the future-tense before I left her tutelage. At 11...

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Sep 14, 2007 - Guatemala (various)

The drivers here are akin to those in Mexico but on speed! Having said that the people are exceedingly friendly. I asked a tour guide who could not have welcomed us more into his country why a child (about 10) gave me the bird. For context in Mexico all children wave and seem excited by the entourage. The guide was horrified and apologised I rhink for all the population. Another man that overheard the conversation nearly died on the spot with embarrassment. The terrain is steep and colour abounds. Green in scenery spectacular in fashion. As...

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