Flying spew on an antiquated US school bus

Trip Start May 12, 2005
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Trip End May 14, 2006


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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Chicken Buses
Local bus travel in guatemala; Affectionately known as chicken buses, guatemala's fleet of local buses are veterans of the U.S school circuit. Very, very solid vechiles, made by "blue-bird" they are pushed as hard as any formula one car. The drivers of no other nation have produced the g forces we experienced on Guatemala's buses... just staying in ones seat is a feat of physical endurance.

On our second bus, even the locals were shaking their heads and smiling nervously as we overtook on a blind, downhill, sweeping corner and careered back onto the correct side of the road in the face of an equally ambitious chicken bus coming the other way!!!


Quetzal is the guatemalan currency and the national bird...
Tenango literally means "place"

chilled first arvo; people place Xela between Antigue (heaps of tourists) and Guatemala city (crazy/violent place)

Hit up some food-stand snacks on the southern edge of the parque centro america; the tacos were great but the quesidillas were even better (cheese filled, grilled tortillas!!!)

Had a wander and a cheeky beer in a pretty funky little bar (heaps of NGOs and volunteers ensure that Xela has a great bar/cafe culture frequented by locals also).

Super cheap Tortillas with chorizo and chicken for dinner in a little local dive; the locals wer glued to the futball (what's new???)

Early night....


2nd day;

Headed up a hill out the south of town, but the restaurant we were aiming for was closed...got some great views and oranges of a sweet old orange vendor...

markets
times two
"super tacos" at the first, some good produce but a little dead on a Sunday (more people in Mass)

Got caught in a downpour at the second market, sheltered for a while before picking up a collectivo back into town..

night out

Headed straight for a fantastic bar, Salon Tecun, in a colonial arcade, survived a couple of earthquakes so a pretty solid building.

supposedly the oldest in Guatemala..lots of young locals and gringos

Had quite a few beers, the power went out and we had snacks and an epic game of scrabble by candle-light..clare scored almost 400 which is simply massive!!!

It bucketed down and was pretty chilly, decided it was best to have dinner and a few more beers in the bar...

onward chicken bus journey

- collectivo out to īterminalī this is the market we visited on the previous day and got rained on.
- walked through the pumping market, very vibrant and interesting.
- suit and tie foreign missionaries and a flamboyant local preacher-man filled out the scene.
-met a young guatemalan, Obsarco, on our first bus; really interesting fella: marimba muscian, philosopher, japanese/electronics student..
- taught us a few mayan words (lots of different dialects)
- got very emotional when talking about the violence/corruption in guatemala...
- clare sitting next to a couple of cuties
- bus change at Chimaltenango, beef stew lunch, ride through the rain to antigua...
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