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Quick update. I flew into Guatemala City, took a minibus to Antigua found a room to stay in all pretty easy. The town is super quaint with pastel painted bulings. A wonderful Parque Central with a large fountain in the middle. The problem I found was that if I hung out there, men or boys would start hanging around giving me an uneasy feeling. There's a lovely church right near the parque that I sought refuge in. Walked around town most of the day. Got lost numerous times RIDICULOUS! I stayed in the dorm room most of the night, didn't feel too safe wandering around at night.
November 1 was All Saint's Day. Took a tour to see the giant kites fly. Was AMAZING. Huge colorful kites were erected in the cemetery. The graves were decorated with flowers and candles. Reminded me of my grandfather's grave decorations in Dominica. People were happy and festive. Thousands of people took to the narrow streets. Other than almost getting crushed trying to get up the hill to the cementary, very beautiful day. I made a friend from Australia named Caroline. When we first made it to the top someone pointed to Caroline and then the ground at her feet. Someone had slashed her bag and her wallet was layig on the ground. She was very lucky that nothing was taken. We were much more mindful of all the people in such close proximity, bumping and pushing into us. We hit it off right away and spent the day together. We even went out for a few drinks that night.
Also met another traveller from France. Seline. He stayed in the same dorm room. We talked about our plans and our trip. Many similiarities. I took a leave of absence to travel for the next year or so through Central & South America. He got fired from his job, his boss "Threw money at him so he would leave." He came out with Caroline and me for a few drinks. They even have happy hour in Guatemala -- 3 vodka orange juice for 30Q($4). Even had a football (soccer) match on tv. We were happy campers indeed!
Caroline and I made our way to Panajachel yesterday. Nice 3 hour minivan ride from Antiqua through the mountainous countryside. Took a boat to a small town on the shores of Lago de Atalin called San Marcos. Beautiful area. Stone footpaths connect hotels, restaurants and the town has a holistic center that offers yoga, massages, tarot card readings, meditations (trying that in an hour or so) and tons of cool stuff. I'm planning on stay here another day or two and then will go to Chichicastenago for the Sunday market. I'm going to make my way to Xela on Monday and I'm so excited about starting language school! Guatemala es buneo, pero mi español is MALO! I feel like an idiot and I hate not being able to have even simple conversations with locals.