Leaving Xela

Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Said our goodbyes to the La Familia and some of the other students. A visit to the pharmacy for the necessaries for Paula. Feels good to be back on the road again. A 3.5 hour bus journey to Tecun Uman on the Mexican border, with hideous weather all the way, glad we remembered to use plastic bags on the stuff in the rucksacks as they were on the top of the chicken bus. Changed at Pajapita onto a microbus, driver doing the usual of overtaking when he can't see very far in front of him. Arrived in Tecun Uman to find that most of the streets were flooded onto the pavements . Got a bike lift from 2 guys the same as in Cozuman, ripped us off as I agreed it would be 10 for the 2 of us and he said it was each. Thatīs the thing now, I know it wasnīt the language barrier. Of course this transpired when I gave him a 20 cos we had no change. Told them where to go in Scottish.

Went to bank as were concerned about not having enough money on the other side and then for something to eat. After the meal we were sorting out stuff for crossing the border. It was here that we found out that we had been robbed by the woman we had been staying with in Xela or one of her family. In the lead up to leaving Xela I had noticed that we were missing pesos from a bank bag and had checked all the other kinds of money to make sure it was there, and it was. We thought that we had been robbed somewhere along the way and not noticed as we had not needed the money since going into Belize.

After I had noticed that the pesos were missing I had split the dollars into our 2 money belts in preparation for leaving in the next few days. Paula had 12 and I had 40 respectively, all that was left now was the 2 in Paulaīs. A bit upsetting since we stayed with them for a month but also feel a bit stupid giving her the benefit of the doubt. We had also lent her 100 Quetzales that it took an extra week to get back with lots of asking, so she probebly robbed us to pay us back. We have sent a letter to the school about it and are waiting to see what they say, but I dont think they can do much except not use them anymore to house students. We may go back some day, so it would be nice to pay her a visit. We had a really good time in Guatemala, itīs a pity we left on a bad note.

Anyway, got another bike ride across the bridge across the border as it is a river that forms the border. We got our passports stamped on the Guatemalan side and when we got to the other side, Hidalgo, they said that they had no forms and we would have to go to another border post 40km away or come back tomorrow. We decided to stay as it was too much hassle to go to the other border post. Managed to get a bank and started to look for somewhere to stay, a guy told us that there was only one hotel and when we got to it was closed. Managed to find another which was open, the room he gave us was minging, although the beds were alright. Its strange because the hall floor outside was spotless and our floor looked as if it hadn't been done in months. Took it as we just wanted to get a bevy and something to eat by then. Went for a bevy in the square which is nice, apart from the added addition of a water tower stuck in the middle of it. Had a couple of tacos that weren't up to much and decided to go for something else. Got another lift from a guy on a bike who took us to a place that was closed and then did the "it was each trick again" when he handed back the change. A bad day for bumps. More bevy was in order and back to the hotel room for some loud tunes and dancing but definitely with our shoes on. Ended up like the floor, minging. A good end to a bad day.
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