Day 15- Coban

Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
Trip End Aug 14, 2007

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

WEATHER: very warm, humid, light evening shower.
TOTAL MILEAGE: 19.8 miles

   Breakfast at the McDonald's near Plaza Magdelena- 19Q for two.
   My Spanish lesson went well- Helmut feels we can incorporate more conversation, so it's more interesting . Both he and Dalila (the director of the school) told us that insurance is not required in Guatemala except for new cars- comforting, since it doesn't seem that we're going to get it anyway.
   We decided to try a new hotel, so we checked into the Alcazar de Dona Victoria, which has a location close to a market and not far from the central park (but, like almost everything in Coban, a steep uphill climb is required to walk there). It has a dramatic courtyard and garden, and all the common spaces are filled with plants and statues. The woodwork and hardware has a medieval look, so the place has something of the feel of a castle. There is parking in the courtyard and a hotel restaurant. Our room was tiny, literally, filled by the bed with almost no room to spare. The bathroom was a good size but there was nearly no hot water. There is no air conditioning but there is TV with cable. Unfortunately, the hotel was filled with a loud, rude tour group. I liked spending time in the beautiful exterior areas and we did get some rest, but, for about 300Q, the value wasn't there.
   Dinner at the Cafe Coban, quite a good restaurant on the park; I liked my "tropical hamburger", which had barbecue sauce and pineapple (for both of us, dinner came to 83Q).
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