Rain, Rain Go Away!

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 23, 2011


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Hotel Helen

Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

As we made our early bus to San Pedro in Lago de Atitlan we got stuck in an hour traffic jam. As the cars lined the road sellers were walking past trying to sell drinks, bread and fruit......and fortunately not their bodies as many are old and have no teeth!! Where they have come from I have no idea as we are high in the mountains, surrounded by only fields. The traffics was due to the mudslides that have hit Guatemale in the last few days, this is by far the worst rain they have seen in years. As we travelled towards Lago de Atitlan there were workers trying to move the rubble, mud and trees that lie in the road. 

We were planning to go to Panajachal (another village on the lake) but as roads have collapsed due to the mudslide we couldn't get there. However, this must be fate as San Pedro is the lively village of Lago de Atitlan with trance and dance music blarring out of each bar every night. The main strip clearly caters for travellers as there is nothing besides hostels, tour operators, restaurants and bars. The advantage to this being that we have found a Scottish pub! That has imported tea imcluding PG Tips and Tetley.....good times; especially as Hollie is ill......bad times! They also serve fish and chips, and a Sunday roast with all the trimmings!

In San Pedro la Laguna we are staying in Hotel Helen. I use the word hotel lightly as this room is only slightly better than the hostel in Antigua and the chamber of gloom in Flores. However, we probably have one of the best views of the lake. Last night we had a huge thunderstorm which wiped out the electricity in the entire lake many times leaving us eating in the dark, with only the lightning to guide us to our rice. As we walked back to our hotel, water was flowing down our stairs and Hollie was worried that we were going to be wiped out by another mudslide during the night. Again the view we had of the storm from our balcony was incredible, it felt like we were watching the infamous scene from Jurassic Park!

Today we went kayaking across the huge river and visited the village of San Marcos which has a more tranquil feel and is full of holistic centres and old hippies playing with flowers. As we docked our kayak into the jetty at San Marcos a local boy said we could leave our kayak at the dock. Upon our return he demanded money for watching our kayak. Unfortunately we had just spent our last pennies on chocolate banana cake (well worth it) so couldn't pay him. We explained we didn't think he had to be paid as we didn't expect him to watch it. With that he called us bad English people and cursed English words at us which we didn't expect Mayan people to know. We quickly got back on our kayak and sped away, not looking back! The saying is correct.... nothing comes for free. Apart from this we really enjoyed our little (3 hour) trip across only the small part of the lake but really ache now.

All our love from the lake

Thomas and Hollie x x x x

 
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