Antigua - Lago Atitlan

Trip Start Sep 19, 2004
Trip End Dec 18, 2004

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Thursday, December 16, 2004


this is the final entry i shall make -- at last on this trip. who knows what the future holds! the problem with travelling is, at least for me, that you go away with a few countries to visit but you come back with a list twice as long. it's a never-ending journey. a journey of 1,000 steps!

before i go all philosophical on you again, here is the update: i have spent the past few days in antigua and on lago atitlan. it was nice travelling with steffen, who loyally stuck with me and my moods. needless to say, local men left me alone while that 1.90m-man was walking next to me. the only disadvantage of him is that he snores--and all women know that any man who doesn't is almost worth a proposal. there are only two i know, so it's a tough life. yep, it's the truth.

from tuesday on, then, i started to travel by myself again, and since i am in a bit of a pre-europe solitary mood, i have not met anyone to protect little ol' me from the foul guatemalan men who seem to have smelt that i am on my own and have promptly started whistling, talking non-stop, latching on to me, lusting after me and generally being superbly annoying again. but in true trooper style, i shall survive.

antigua is a v nice gringotown, with lots of bars and shops (and language schools) set amidst vucanoes, mountains, colourful guatemalan markets with traditional dresses and everything else one might associate with the country. like the fab food, the spicy sauce and good cafe (a definite bonus after mexico). the lake, meanwhile, is even more stunning than i had prepared myself for.

as most of you are aware, i am a little jaded by now and can hardly get excited by anything i see. but the lake, as a final straw, did take my breath away again. surrounded by vulcanoes (which you can climb if you fee the need. needless to say, i didn't), the clear blue is so beautifull it makes you want to jump in. but then you remember the altitude, and the cold, and quickly what is left of the brain sets in and you think "hell no!". so no swimming, but nice walks and little climbs and superb boatrides in a tiny little town called pana-something-or-other, i can't remember the guatemalan names.

after two days there, i made my way back to antigua, where i plan to spend my last couple of days.

so i went to a coffee plant to learn all about my favourite drug on the planet. it was fab. i can now say i know a fair bit about the way coffe is grown, the way it is dried and roasted and the different aromas that it can have. i am still unsure whether i am gonna climb that vullcano later but since it's nice and sunny out, i might just loiter a little in the park and chill before i head to the airport tomorrow.

i am gonna be back in the UK saturday night. i shall be reunited with my own mobile monday at the latest. i hope to hear from you all soon, and who knows, i might even see some of you soon as well!!!
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