Sep 03, 2006
Sep 30, 2006
. It was just one of those days. Even in paradise it can't always be fun and games!
Tonight I had dinner with the 3 new guests and Natalia & Jack. Two were a young couple from France who spoke Yiddish, and the other a Columbian woman of about 50, whom I believe to be one of the most magnificent, well-traveled, well-respected, admirable woman I have ever met. She has a doctorate's degree in socio-anthropology and has traveled almost every part of the world. The conversations, some deep, others for laughs, that we all shared, is something I don't think I could ever forget. To travel and to meet new people from all around the world, laugh we each other, share a meal with each other, discuss ideas, your governments, your culture, it's not something everyone has the chance to experience. I feel very lucky to be here.
Well, I never made it to San Pedro La LaGuna and the private beach of Reserva Natural Atitlan, and instead ran around the town of Panajachel like a mad woman looking for a travel agency that would give me the best deal on a bus ticket back to Guatemala City, as well as a second ticket from Guatemala City to Coban (heading to El Retiro in Lanquin, Coban). Then, after finding the best deal, I looked into my wallet and realized I didn't have enough money for the tickets! Argh. So, once again, I went back to the boat dock to catch a boat to Santa Cruz to my hostel in Isla Verde to get more money, then had to wait another hour or so for another boat to bring me back to Pana. While in Pana I decided to do a bit of shopping. I shopped for a while, stopped at a tienda for a cold Gallo, then began to head back to the boat docks when it suddenly began to pour down rain. So, I sat in the tienda, drank a few more Gallos, and watched a festival in the street, in the rain, with my camera, and my Gallos, thinking of San Pedro La Laguna