Did you get the memo?

by cottontailsandcupcakes

We’ve left our little beloved Lake Atitlan abode and have moved on to Antigua Guatemala.

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We took the lancha to Panajachel this morning and the boy who was acting as ‘bowman’ was only about 12. It was the first time this week that we got a reasonable fare on the boat. It’s funny how it takes a child to give you near enough honesty. We then waited at the bus stop for a bus to Solola. Instead of a typical bus turning up, a pick up truck turned up, all the Guatemalans at the bus stop piled on, so we followed suit and got on to. The pick up truck took us as far as Solola where we changed to a ‘Chicken’ bus to Los Encuentros. It was market day in Solola so the bus was packed full. Seats designed for two had families of 5 on them.

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They are not called chicken buses because there are chickens on them, it is purely because of the volume of people. They should be called sardine buses. I finally managed to get a photo of the buses. Old USA school buses thay have been condemned but are perfectly safe for developing countries.

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We changed again at Chimaltenango before reaching Antigua. Antigua is an old colonial town that used to be Guatemala’s capital but it got wiped out by an earthquake so the capital moved to Guatemala City. It is full of ruins on every corner but the streets are still old cobbled streets and the buildings are still traditional.

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Antigua seems to be a really trendy place. The girls here are all wearing makeup and jeans. Though it is definitely a ‘tourist’ town. Street vendors everywhere and even McDonald’s and Subway have moved in. The McDonald’s is in the most impressive old colonial building you’ve ever seen. Haters gonna hate but we needed food and fast today. Guatemalan Maybe Time (GMT) just wasn’t cutting it today.

We then met up with our friend from Flores and her friend and got aquainted with the nightlife. I didn’t get the memo but it is a party town. 10Q drinks (55p) and happy hour all day. Ridiculous. Our friends hostel is party central and really loud, we’re staying at Grandma’s place around the corner and it’s peaceful bliss. I’m passed hostelling now.

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