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San Jorge La Laguna

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  • Day7

    Panajachel und die Aussichtslosigkeit...

    March 9 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    ... mir endlich diesen verdammten Namen zu merken geschweige denn ihn aussprechen zu können!
    Nach einem einfachen Frühstück und etwas Sport, haben wir ein eindeutiges Highlight dieser Reise erlebt. Yoga im Eagls Nest- einer Plattform in den Bergen über dem See. Für 90min haben wir dabei pro Person 6€ gezahlt und hatten eine wunderschöne Stunde über dem See.
    Dann ein bisschen San Marcos anschauen, vegetarische Burritos gegessen und eine heiße Schokolade, die tatsächlich nur aus Schokolade bestand.
    Dann zurück ins Hostel, für das wir weniger durchs känzeln bezahlt haben, als wären wir die Nacht so dagewesen, und dann los mit dem Wassertaxi nach Panajachel. Hier sind wir wahrscheinlich 3 Nächte in einem Partyhostel ohne große Lust auf Party, aber das Hostel ist super cool. Gleich mal den ganzen Abend mit einem Israeliten und 2 irren Franzosen ein israelisches Kartenspiel gespielt. Jetzt geht's ins Bett, weil morgen geht es in ein Dorf auf nen Markt!
    Gute Nacht,
    Simon
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  • Day8

    Auf der Suche nach Vanille

    March 10 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Laut Ibrahim unserem Propheten hier ist Guatemala das Herkunftsland von Vanille. Nur dass es auf dem größten Markt Guatemalas keine Vanille gibt, auch nicht nach 4h Gesuche.
    Aber mal von Anfang an:
    Hin ging es nach Chichicatenangur mit 3 verschiedenen Chickenbussen ( bunt angemalte amerikanische Schulbusse mit lauter Raeggatonmusik). Erst Solola, dann el encuentro und dann Chichi. Das war der größte Markt, den ich je gesehen habe. Die ganze Stadt bestand aus Markt und wir mittendrin auf der Suche nach Vanille.
    Um 2 ging es dann genau entgegengesetzt wieder zurück (mit einem kurzen Bremsennachstellen am Berg) und direkt hier wieder zum Einkaufen. Es gab eindeutig zu viele Burritos zum Abendessen.
    Davor haben wir aber noch 2h die Reisedaten geplsnt, nur um festzustellen, dass es keinen wirklichen Strsnd in Guatemala gibt, an dem man mal eine Woche entspannen kann.
    Inzwischen gibt es aber Überlegungen für Beliz, Mexiko oder kein Strand...
    Jetzt konnte ich nicht mal mehr Sport machen wegen einem älteren Pärchen, das seinen Spaß in einer Hängematte auf dem Dach hatte, wo ich Sport machen wollte... Naja morgen wieder!
    Lg,
    Simon
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  • Day184

    Lake Atitlan and a sad goodbye

    November 3, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    The last night of the group tour was spent in a homestay with Mayan families in San Juan La Laguna, who welcomed us in their homes, showed us their culture and tried to teach us to make tortillas.

    In the morning, Lena and I had to say goodbye to this group of strangers who became a sort of family in the last weeks. Each of them was a little crazy in their own ways. Ailise and Ciara the Irish girls who spoke really slowly so we could understand them, Fiona Red Hair, Gabriel my dive buddy, Holly the international, Izie the cinema girl, Johanna the photographer, Lotte the cliff jumper, Luna the adrenaline seeker, Michelle the (future) survivor, Ray the amigo, Rosemarie 30-second-shower, Rosie the horse rider, Tom the party beast, Vesna the "I want to go to bed early" party beast, and our guide Harold who loves us all.

    To fight off post-group-tour-depression, we spent Sunday morning in the most colorful place on Earth, the market of Chichicastenango, stocking up on souvenirs.
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  • Day113

    Lago de Atitlán

    November 24, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ich ha nor ei Nacht am Lake Atitlan verbrocht uf de Durchreis uf Antigua. Hauptsächlich well ich ned ih de Nacht ha welle Bus fahre. Es esch ehn super Idee gsii :)

    Ich ha es mega schöns Hostel gha, ha s erste mol die guatemalisch Chochi probiert und bi denn am nöchste Morge chli ah See go spatziere bevor ich gäg de Mittag weder uf de Bus ha mösse.Read more

  • Day36

    Slightly scary hike

    March 7, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    I went on a slightly scary hike to a small waterfall with my teacher Gladys and a couple of other students. The trail (such as it was) was very steep, and we had to almost crawl in parts of it. The trail went through land that is farmed with a variety of crops, such as onions and beans. There were also a lot of avocado and various types of fruit trees. Naturally, my teacher wore the traditional corte (skirt), and had no problems.Read more

  • Day319

    Bienvenidos A Guatemala

    March 31, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The border crossing wasn't as bad as expected. There was no queues of cars - in fact I think we were the only one I saw. We got sprayed (no idea what for), got our passport stamped, and got our vehicle import licence all within an hour. Tried to buy insurance but the guy said not to bother :l

    From there we drove through a narrow and deep valley into the mountains and to Huehuetenango (all the big towns seem to end with ~tenango around here) and started to find our feet. We were told there weren't any supermarkets here but immediately we found one, and we're surprised to see it a lot more expensive than Mexico. We got ourselves a local SIM and made our way to a strange little campsite on the edge of a football field.

    Over a week on and I'm still not feeling right, so we decided to head to Lake Atitlán for a few days R&R before we head to our volunteering place. To get to the lake you summit at over 3,000 metres which was thick with fog, then head steeply down to 1,800 metres in only a few miles.

    The lake is ringed by high classically shaped volcanoes, one of which is active. Unfortunately clouds are sitting on the lake so we only get a few tantalising glimpses of these majestic peaks. We mooched around the main tourist town of Panajachel and jumped into the back of a pickup to visit a small artesanal village further around the lake. We even got invited to a baptismal ceremony held at the campsite, and got called out by name by the priest buy fortunately we avoided the dunking.
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  • Day18

    When are these people going!!

    January 20, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    The faces say it all!

    First food photo was dinner and next is breakfast.

    Me in my traditional attire. There are alot of pretty gruesome photos on my camera!

    Is my forehead beginning to take over my face?

  • Day31

    Tour of Panajachel

    March 2, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌙 66 °F

    On the afternoon of my first day of classes in Panajachel I signed up for a tour of the village. I think that I was the only new student that day, so I ended up with a personal tour with Elizabet who works in the office and organizes the schools activities.
    I didn't take many pictures during the tour but the cemetery was really interesting.Read more

  • Day25

    Reserva Atitlan

    February 24, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

    I'm across the lake now in Panajachel where I plan to spend three more weeks studying Spanish at a different school. A friend from the school in San Pedro and her daughter came over for the day, and we went to this nature reserve.

  • Day32

    Another beautiful sunset

    March 3, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

    Some other students and I enjoyed the sunset from a lakeside restaurant.

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