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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Right now I'm still in Copan Ruinas, in Honduras but very near the Guatemalan border. Today I went to see the big Maya archaeological site here. It was pretty cool! The site itself is not so spectacular in terms of architecture but it has some very spectacular stelae, big blocks of stone with a representation of, in this case, a king and information about the dates of his succession, death, and the like. The portraits are pretty interesting to compare with those found in the Mediterranean, so very different. Whereas the Mediterranean figures tend to stand on themselves, 'naked in nature' so to say, the Maya ones, even though the faces are probably true to the kings'  faces, are embedded within a very different concept of nature, one more dominated by the calender. Fascinating. Funny was the reconstructed temple in original colors in the museum, looked a lot like a Chinese restaurant. :)

Around the site they had made a very good set of trails where you could walk around the forest and see some structures not restored, pretty good! Other than the site itself, Copan Ruinas town is not very exciting. The same is true, for me, for Guatemala itself too. It's too crowded with tourists, and if you're not terribly interested in the things they are interested in you' re going to get bored pretty quickly. For example, I spent the New Year' s in Antigua, a quite beautiful colonial city, but really, really crowded, and you could hardly get around when the big hour arrived. The food here is also not funny if you' re used to Mexican food, not to mention the beer, which, while ok in taste, is about 3-4 times as expensive as in Mexico (in fact even pricier than in Europe, even bought in a supermarket with listed prices where Guatemalans go).

Ok, ok, I'll stop complaining! ;) After all most reading this are sitting in the cold. But the truth is that I'm a bit not so overwhelmed by travelling at the moment. Part of is that I want to go back to working on my project, that I need to get it going in the new year and as quickly as possible. The other part of it is that I'm comparing everything I see with the Yucatan, and I find it a bit lacking. What can I say, the cenotes, the northern Maya ruins, the beaches at Tulum and Progreso, and not to forget Merida itself! There' s a lot I haven' t explored yet there. For example there are lots of cenotes there that are located underneath houses in the city itself. And while I was there during xMas I've been reading up on a lot of the work they're doing there.

You see, travelling is not about quantity anymore for me, about having been in places A, B, C, D, etc. It's about this place I discovered, almost by accident. I really don't know what and if there's a future in there, but right now my feeling is definitely that I find the idea of going back in a week or so very enjoyable!
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