Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sleeping under Volcanoes in Guatemala

Not really but next time I am in Guatemala I will be.  I was in G city for 3 days and I didn't really get to see what I wanted to see.  If this was a personal trip I would never stay in a hotel in capitol city.  I would much rather go explore places like Tikal, Atitlan, beaches anywhere except the city, but beggars cant be choosers and in the end I'm happy to even set foot in this beautiful country. City wise it felt like I was in Mexico City, but obviously much smaller.  But the feeling was the same, traffic, buses jam packed with people hanging out the door, street vendors and people everywhere.



 The food was amaaaaaazing! In three days I had about 3 different types of tamales, platanos fritos, black beans, longaniza, chorizo, adobo, pupusas and about a ton of rice.




 Finally on Thursday I was able to visit Antigua for a couple of hours. Antigua means "Ancient Guatemala" and was the capital city in the 18th century.  It has traditional Spanish Baroque buildings, cobblestone streets, central park (aka Plaza) and Cathedrals & Churches. This is definitely a place you want to see in the daylight! The streets and buildings are so colorful and seeing them in the daylight would have been amazing.  I was there in the evening.  Due to traffic it took us about 2 hours to get from Guatemala City to Antigua.  I got there around 7pm and left around 9:30pm.





Souveniers arent really my thing.  I love to shop but those corny souvenier shops tend to be filled with items made in china rather than authentic items.  In Antigua there were many indigenous women selling scarves and shawls.  I fell in love with this beautiful red reboso.  Its not even red its like a deep wine color with beautiful gold. Its gorgeous! Only 75 quetzales which is about 8 dollars!  I don't like bargaining with street vendors when I'm traveling.  I always hear people say "you can bargain with them" but why would you? They are obviously working in need of money, they've spent their time and money creating something with their hands and you want to bring them down from 8 dollars to 5 dollars? Really?

Overall Guatemala was really great.  Everyone was really nice and friendly.  I never once felt scared or unsafe.  I met a man from New York who told me he wouldn't leave his hotel room past 9pm because it was too dangerous. =/ It wasn't dangerous at all.  Obviously I'm not going to be walking in the middle of the night down a dark alley. Or flashing my money and camera in front of everyone.  Its common sense! These negative people annoy me. 
Anyway, I don't have a camera so these pictures were all taken with my wack camera phone. (and I don't know why the picture orientation is wrong, sorry)

Next trip Bolognia, Italy aaaaaaaaand I finally got my Iphone so I have a better camera check my blog in a few weeks =]

3 comments:

  1. You make a great point!!! Hand made items are cotour!!! You never bargain cotour!!!! Live rhi pics! I want to go with you next time! Your my Carmen Sandiego!!!

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  2. that food looks super delicious!!!!!!!!

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