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Antiguan life continued at a faster pace, on my return. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fell during my last week so, on top of Spanish and dancing, there were Halloween antics and a visit to Festival de Sumpango, Barilletas Gigantes (a giant kite festival). Before I departed for the lake, I had secured the same Spanish teacher and booked further private Salsa lessons; I'd also reserved my old hostel, so it was almost as if I'd never left. ...
... not very encouraging!! Only 3 years ago a reporter was killed in an eruption here.
We made it to the mirador though where the active beast was in front of us, covered in its own black and grey ash. Unfortunately it was very misty and seeing the top of the volcano was very difficult. The loud grumblings continued but it also began raining. Our guide said that when the volcano is erupting, as it is now, then ...
... claustrophobia to the back of my mind as we crawled through the tight caves. The Mayan's had seen the caves as doorways to the underworld, and had carried out human sacrifices there. After breaking out to the surface, we went to the 'blue hole' which was a pool of water in the middle of the jungle. We cleaned ourselves up and relaxed for half an hour before leaving. That evening we celebrated surviving the caves by getting drunk and playing drinking games at the ...
... near as extreme as what you would find in Thailand, and an argument can be made that tourism has only benefited this charming colonial city. Over decades, the influx of foreign investment probably started out with a small cottage industry serving the first adventurous foreign tourists that appeared on the scene, probably in the form of rooms for rent, the sale of local crafts, and the opening of ...
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