Guatemala: Day 13

Trip Start Nov 07, 2008
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Trip End Nov 30, 2008


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Flag of Guatemala  , Sacatepéquez,
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ok, new lesson learned on Brian and Marisha´s travel adventures. Do not try and fit 3 weeks travel into 2. The 1 week in Mexico did not count for us due the sedintary nature of it all. Vacation yes, travel, no. So, to us, Guatemala and El Salvador was the usual trip. Planned the exact way we usually do one in 3 weeks (with 2 to work with). We are so tired and have been on the move non-stop. Guatemala is NOT a stress free place to travel. It can be a very dangerous place and it is hard when you only speak 3 months worth of self-tought Spanish.

Still though, to our own props...doing quite well.

The good thing is, we changed our itinerary at the very last minute and did the route in reverse. Thank GOD! We covered all the hard places and scary places first...leaving the last part of the trip to all the safer, relaxed, cleaner, more beautiful parts of Guatemala. Nothing like diving into the trenches (El Salvador) to really make you appreciate the quality spots. The past few days we have really been able to unwind and enjoy this trip so much more. Being in High alert takes a toll...also been sick since last week.

Antigua is a breath taking (Guatemala standards) city just far enough away from Guatemala City to make you feel you are in a completely different country. Kind of like Council Bluffs, IA and Omaha. Or Wiggle town and Plattaburgh. Or Aurora and Denver....you get the picture except add some guns and chickens and stuff.

Antigua is a colonial city they have fought to keep as prestine to its original state as possible while at the same time adding McDonalds, Subway and as much western influence as possible. You walk past original buildings, hundreds of years old. Some with local artisans selling everything from hand made wraught iron, textiles and pottery to ones that surprise you as soon as you enter through the gate. Hip bars, resturaunts and boutique stores. Massive elaborate courtyards filled with flowers and gardens are the biggest treat.

The McDonalds is nothig to be believed. No golden arches allowed. A nice tastful sign and an interior that looks ..well NOT like a McDonalds. Their "patio" is like a courtyard garden complete with shiny plastic Ronald McDonald sitting atop a wraught iron bench. They even have a McCafe espresso cart in the corner selling real coffee drinks and pastries (no apple pies in cardboard envelopes).

Fast food joints here are a treat. Prom, weddings, large family events. All held at fast food joints. They get dressed up and they have wait staff. No ordering at the counter here! We were told only the well to do eat at fast food resturaunts, that is a luxery most cannot affford.

We have settled right into Antigua. Learingng the layout of the city in hours. The food here is amazing and the prices a little higher, but a welcome change to previous cities.
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