Antigua, muy tranquilo.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
Currently I'm in Antigua, as planned, my first destination so far on this trip. Antigua is an extremely agreeable and pleasant old Spanish colonial city (one of the great cities of the old Spanish empire, so they say). The perfect first stop I would think, to kind of ease your way into the backpacker style.
So I'm here on my fourth day, just chilling
I've been idling enough for now. Time for some action. I signed up for a day trip to Volcan Pacaya, one of the active volcanos close to Antigua. It's a two hours hike to the top (about 2550 meters), the last 30 minutes being pretty steep. Unfortunately we're not very lucky with the weather (foggy and lots of smoke), but at least we can hear the puffing from Pacaya and the rocks shooting up in the air before they come smashing down into the crater
So I didn't have to worry about meeting people on this Round The World trip (not that I really did), just open your bloody mouth and start talking to people. Today I met 4 Peace Corps guys from the US, on a two years stay in Honduras. The clueless Dutch guy on a 3 week trip with his brother (the brother organized everything, so he had no idea about what the next day would bring or what city/country they would stay in for that matter.) Another Korean, who didn't speak Spanish, or much English for that matter. Friendly Matt from Melbourne, almost at the end of his two months trip around Cuba, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. His friend Stephanie from Germany. Well traveled Steve (Kiwi) and Catherine (UK) on their way to Panama, just like me. I'll probably bump into them again. Ana Lorena (from Guatemala, living in Brusells) who spoke Swedish as she used to live in Leksand. Her friend Maritza from Guatemala and her stock-trader boyfriend from Switzerland, living in Antigua. The 3 Israelis of course, they are pretty much everywhere. Jackie from Montana, working at the local orphanage. The two girls from Norway (probably "lesbians" as they didn't want to talk to Matt and me for very long, go figure :-) Cool, I'm sure I'll meet a lot of nice and interesting people on this trip.
Tomorrow I will head for the famous Sunday market up in ChiChi (Chichicastenango).