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Guatemala Honduras and Guatemala 2005

How To Spend 5000 Quetzales in One Day

(That’s about £400)

After my fabulous breakfast at San Jorge (no, they didn’t kick me out on the street) I went to Old Town Outfitters, and joined a 2-day trip to Monterrico on the Pacific Coast, and a 3-day trip to Lake Atitlan. I then went around the corner and booked a 2-day trip to Tikal. So I haven’t got much time left to fill up now. Gutted that I won’t get to La Ceiba and Roatan, but wouldn’t really want to be there while there’s a tropical storm/hurricane.

Doreen and Mirna helped me find a new, cheaper hotel, so I’m now in Posada Don Valentino. It’s basic, but good enough for me. I’ve got my own bathroom with hot water, and it’s only 3 blocks from Parque Central. I went to Bagel Barn for lunch and then to Sin Ventura (the coffee shop). I checked out what films were showing where over the weekend, then sent a few emails.

I had a look at what else I could do while I’m in Antigua. Might go on a Coffee Finca tour, climb Pacaya volcano, and either going on a Cultural tour, or at least have a proper look around by myself.

I went back to Bagel Barn at 4:30pm to watch Matrix Reloaded, but the power for the whole street went out at 6pm, so I went back to the hotel, and then the power came back on. Went back at 7:30pm for some supper and to watch The Incredibles.

I’m much more comfortable in Antigua this time around. Probably a combination of knowing the language a bit better, and already having a vague idea of where to find everything here. And spending so much time in Copan by myself that I don’t feel so self-conscious about it now.

Guatemala Honduras and Guatemala 2005

Escuela Espanol

Puppies being born meant people in the house being up late, which meant I didn’t sleep well. Woke up cuz I could hear voices and thought I was late for breakfast. It was 2.30am. I couldn’t get to sleep for ages, then woke up at 7am, entangled in my bedsheets. That left me with 45mins to shower, change, have breakfast and walk 10 minutes to the coffee shop to meet Dom before school.

So Spanish School is kinda weird. Basically, it’s one-on-one teaching from 8am to 12 noon, and there’s lots of desks dotted around the rooms and courtyard of the school. There seems to be a syllabus but no set method, so everyone learns different things on different days. And I’m fairly certain my teacher knows as much English as I do Spanish. Not much help when you’re trying to say that you don’t understand what she’s asking you to do! Not enough structure for my liking!

Went home and had lunch, then tried to practice what I’d learned. I’m having to teach myself from my Spanish textbook (from home, not given them here!) and dictionary. I went to The Bagel Barn to get out of the house and practice more, and had the biggest latte ever (and a bagel of course). Replied to emails and chatted to Maz and Fred on MSN.

School must be doing something for me cuz I understood most of what my host mother was saying after supper. With a lot of miming!