Guatemalan Highlands

Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
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Trip End May 2009


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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Friday, April 24, 2009

Just got out of Mexico as news broke of the pig flu pandemic, but heard its in Scotland, so we are safe!!!!
Crossed the border into Guatemala with ease, like the UK, they let anyone in.....even Brian.This area is sub tropical, so wet and warm and within 10 mins of our arrival, it chucked it down. Took refuge in a cafe where we attracted the attention of even more "bracelet terrorists" than Mexico. Bought an old woman, with lots of gold teeth ( sign of wealth) a coffee in exchange for another bracelet as she looked the type to put a hex on ya, Bri is running out of arm to put them on. The markets are full of even more outrageously coloured fabrics....same... same but different.  We were told you start haggling by halving their price, go back and forth then agree on something like 60 % of the start point......can you imagine doing that in Tesco?
aPanajachel is surrounded by 3 volcanoes, all covered by low cloud....hey ho! We got caught out in the rain again, but this time it was the sort that hurts. It was fun watching people trying to avoid the torrent running down the street, while we sheltered in a shop doorway. Most locals took their shoes off and walked in bear feet, we should have followed , thinking our trainers were water proof was a big mistake. Mable x

Ok so you thought it was easy getting into Britain, try Guatemala, oi all you lazy sponging non-British, go here!  Now us Brits know about rain.... wrong! Mac has never been so wet in 30 seconds in his life, not even getting into a bath, but boy it was funny.   There is a thing when you know you cant do Jack about it, this was one of these moments, Mac has never seen denim go see through before!.  The town is very busy, stand still for a micro-second and you are attacked by bracelet terrorists etc.  The lake has three inactive volcanoes dominating it, the lake and views are stunning.   This was a good place to chill and get very wet, the hotel was nice and the midgies only attacked most of the time.  This country feels and looks really nice.  Mac is well ppy.  Mac
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