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... it be but Clancy, an Australian guy weŽd met back in D.F. at the Spanish school. HeŽd only stayed at the school for one week before beginning his trip round Mexico. IŽd expected him to be way ahead of us by now so was pretty surprised to see him standing there. That evening was spent catching up with Clancy over a few beers.
Friday morning I had an interview with a language school in Quetzaltenango which went really well and they ended ...
... self governed by elected civil and religious leaders for a 1 year term. We then walked down to the Leader's house. A Leader is chosen for a year and his role is to live and maintain this area of worship. I think it involved a lot of drinking of "Pos" (posh) an alcohol liquid while socialising with the men of the community. We walked back through the square and into the markets where there was the fruits, spices and indigenous clothing. The next village, ...
... didn't translate what he was saying, but, from what I could pick up: (I will try and put a photo of each thing at the end!) there is a micro-climate within the canyon that allows cactus to grow on the side of the cliffs, there was a shrine in a cave that we went into that is dedicated to explorers (this is a particularly questionable translation!), the tallest point of the canyon is over ...
... all the shop facades and walls are bright colours and then David took us through all the markets. They were filled with fruits I've never seen before like water squash and custard apples, which apparently taste like custard! There were also beans everywhere!!! So many varieties and so many colours that didn't look natural but were! We were also taken through the meat and fish market. Apparently we are about 2 hours from the Gulf ...
... than the unappetising Samula Trailer Park well away from the
centre of town and in a private garden in the seedier end of town). Whilst the secure parking across the street from the hostel was a bonus as was the hostel’s location just off the square, the hostel itself was a big disappointment. Difficult to find and poorly signposted (it does NOT overlook
the square as Lonely Planet’s guide book suggests – where do they get this misinformation from?), ...