Poco's great adventure 2009 - 2010 travel blog

check out the age of this building and the cobblestone streets

Elaine in front of the horse drawn carriage.

Fountain in central parque

The cathedral across from the park

Me chilling with all his "luggage" see my new backpack?

Elaine preparing lunch on the terrace of yellow house, see Merced in...

Monday, April 13, We awoke to another beautiful day, and ready to head on to Antigua. We crossed the lake in the water taxi, and had a quick bite to eat, before jumping on the 8 am bus to Guatemala City. There was no air conditioning on the bus, but with all the windows open, it did provide a bit of a breeze. The bus driver took great delight in honking his horn on the 5-hour journey to the city. It seemed every time he passed someone, we heard beep. At times the scenery looked very much like Ashcroft to Cache Creek, other than the palm trees that dotted the countryside. After a short wait at the bus station, we caught our shuttle to Antigua. Two couples that had been on the bus from Rio Dulce joined us. We recognized them from the Tijax, only they didn’t stay in a cabin, these two couples from America live on their boats fulltime. After being dropped off in the centre of Antigua, by the park, we were approached by two very friendly tourist representatives who gave us a great deal of information. A taxi to us to yellow house or casa Amarilla. It was as lovely as Fiona had said it was and we decided to spend two nights here to start with. We were ready to relax and come up with a game plan until Cory and Elaine are ready to start Spanish Language School. This is quite an amazing little city, with a population of 45,000. There are many choices for language schools, and Cory and Elaine checked a couple of them out. They are currently making a decision on whether they will do a home stay, or continue to stay in a hostel. Since arriving here, they have gone into relaxation mode, and have been enjoying yellow house, and meeting and chatting with the other guests. Breakfast is included in the modest price of $20 US a day, and I know they were surprised the first day to find scrambled eggs, bread, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango and papaya, as well as oatmeal. Yellow house also has a kitchen, so they are now getting in the routine of going to the market, to get fixings for lunch, and have started doing some cooking. Daily they go for a little walk and check out different areas. Their legs are getting a fairly good workout on the cobblestone streets. From their room, they have a view of La Merced church. They haven’t been inside yet, but are looking forward to it. As well as language schools, there are a number of travel agencies that offer many different excursions. They are still deciding which of these they will do. Some of the options they are considering are, a trip up a volcano, a day at the beach in Montericco, a day trip to Copan, Honduras, or a trip to Chichicastanengo. One that they have decided on, but want to have some Spanish under their belt first is, a place called Semuc Champey. You will just have to keep checking the blog, to wait for that entry. The only clue I will give you, is I will get to go swimming again. The city was returning to normal after the busy week of Semana Santa. Just about everywhere we looked the banners were still hanging, you will notice from one of the photos, you can still see the flower petals left over amidst the cobblestone streets. I think Cory and Elaine are still getting over their disappointment of missing it, but what with food poisoning, and missed boats, and buses stuff happens. It is what it is, and it is still all-good. Wednesday, April 15 was Cory’s birthday, so after going to the market and getting some food; they headed off to Monoloco club for a few drinks. Tonight was 2 for 1 Cuba libras. They had 6 drinks all-together and an order of buffalo wings for Q121.50 or $15 US. Their server a young girl from Winnipeg seemed happy to be talking with some Canadians. Turns out she went to Lester B Pearson college, a school on Vancouver Island with 200 students representing 100 countries. She is here in Guatemala, working on a project with some of her schoolmates. It is a volunteer project she does by day, and works at Monoloco at night to pay the bills. She told us her fully furnished apartment is Q 1500 a month, or about $224.00 Canadian We are all healthy and happy. Will continue to update you on our excursions, but know that starting Monday I will just be chilling, while they go off and study Spanish. I think it is another important job they took on when they agreed to accompany me on this trip. Lucky for them Germany, France and Russia are not on the agenda, or there would be a lot more language classes.

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