Max talked to Jill this morning over the phone. He invited us to go help out in Coban at the restaurant. We are excited to go to the city. Maybe we will move on sooner than we thought. I hadn’t let that thought enter my head but it does make me excited now. Lanquin is beautiful but travelers stay here and get out in a couple days.… Read the rest
Today is hot. Jill says yesterday was hot as well. I didn’t know, I spent a lot of the day in a cave or in the shade. I went to the attraction, the reason why most everyone comes here. It is called Semuc Champey. It is a place where the River Cahabon goes underground for a few hundred meters. on top of the subterranean river there are natural pools that are spring fed from the mountains.… Read the rest
Greetings from Guatemala! Time is slowing down here. We are finding a routine. Jill is messing with Excel and cooking a little for us. I am bartending and attempting Spanish with the locals. A good topic with them is asking about Q’eqchi’, their Mayan language. They say phrases and repeat a spanish translation. It is a complicated way to communicate. Mah-Sah-Lock-Ch’ol means buenas dias or como estas, I’m not sure.… Read the rest
We’ve been in Lanquin for 5 days. Today is Monday. I haven’t been posting because we have limited internet and there isn’t much to talk about. Today is gorgeous. I woke to blue skies and bright sun. The difference between the sunbeams and the shade is dramatic here. On days like this I prefer the shade. Most of the days last week were cloudy in the morning and the mist over the mountains was thick. … Read the rest
Yesterday we learned a little about the hostel and Max. Jill made a new spreadsheet for guest invoices. I helped start to build a wall out of this bamboo kind of woody grass. I asked a Guatemalan what it was and he said tan-y-yah.
Here are some other pictures I took this morning.
This morning we went to the airport at 7 and had breakfast. It was the best meal I’ve had in Guatemala so far. Huevos, beans, hot sauce, and red sauce with fried banana. The airport in Flores, don’t miss it. Back at the hostel we finished packing and hopped in the van for Lanquin. We arrived in Lanquin 10 hours later.… Read the rest
THis morning we went to the ruins of Tik’al. We caught our bus at 8 AM from the hostel. Tik’al is about an hour from Flores. There were a four brits on the bus, Jasmine and Paul, and another couple who were just taking the shuttle to the ruins. We stopped in Santa Elena and picked up a family from Long Beach who had come to Guatemala to visit their grandmother in Antigua.… Read the rest
Today was all about cash. We walked to the airport to get to a bank that would allow us to withdraw some Quetzales. The ATMs we had tried didn’t work with our card. After that was taken care of we had a delicious plate of fruit with exquisite coffee at the airport lounge. We walked over a dirty pedestrian bridge to a big mall and browsed around.… Read the rest
A lot of movement happened today. We awoke in San Ignacio, Belize. Jill did some yoga on the roof. I took a shower in a mortar and stone bathroom. The shower there had one knob, a step up from Caye Caulker where the shower had one lever. We ate some Avocado on tortillas for a first breakfast. I drank some of the nescafe in the kitchen.… Read the rest
We left wonderful Caye Caulker this morning bound for Flores Guatemala. We did not leave before we got a Cinnamon Roll from the bakery, one of our enticements.. When we arrived at the bus terminal/water taxi terminal in Belize City we found that the only bus for Flores had already left. I talked to a taxi driver and he said he would drive us to the border for $100 US, three times more expensive than the bus.… Read the rest