Christmas in Antigua
Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
32Trip End Jan 16, 2013
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In the evening the hostel served a "Christmas" dinner. It was really more like a Thanksgiving dinner but it was still pretty nice. After dinner all the people who had contributed gifts to the White Elephant game went to the bar. White Elephant for those who don't know what it is, (I certainly hadn't heard of it before) is a game a little like secret santa. However instead of picking a name you pick a number. Whoever has the number one goes first and picks a present and unwraps it. The person with the number 2 can then choose to either steal the present from number one or unwrap another present. This goes on until everyone has had a go. If your present gets stolen you are allowed to unwrap another present, if there are any left, or steal from someone else. A present can only be stolen 3 times. I ended up getting gifts stolen from me two times but I did end up with 12 beers at the end of it so I was pleased :-) We finished the evening off with a round of Yanev.
The Mayans never ate chocolate, they only drank it and it was only a special privilege given to royalty. One of the reason of this was because the cocoa bean was a fairly rare and expensive commodity. So much so that the bean was actually used as currency. Mayan numbers can be seen on Quetzales. The 100Q note is represented with a 1 and the symbol of a cocoa bean. This really confused me to begin with because a 100Q note on its side in my wallet looked like it was 10Q. haha.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing. In the evening a few of us went to dinner. Jim and I met up with some American guys who were with us in San Pedro and we went to set fireworks off in the street. Everyone else had been doing it so we thought why not join them. This was followed by a drink at Cafe No Se.
On the 27th I spent the day sorting out my travel plans for Semuc Champey and buying a few things. I purchased a really cool photo from a local photographer of some Guatemalan children and nicely painted Mayan calendar on cow skin that was produced in a Mayan village.
Antigua is a lovely city. Cobbled streets everywhere and a lot of churches. Some of which are in ruins, but Antigua is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site so they can't destroy them or let them go into any more disrepute than they already are.
I departed Antigua on the morning of the 28th for a 8 hour journey to Lanquin.