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We rise early to sink some cereal before packing our stuff up and moving on to check out. It's been a great run at Zephyr Lodge and we absolutely love Lanquin. Such a beautiful area and stunning scenery. We check out and head on down the drive way to the bus stop. Another great dinged u van approaches yelling Antigua. So we hurl our bags on top and pile into the full van. The long trip has already started the typical hour late and the bumpy, slow drive up the wet roads out ...
... Cemaco and other megastores and businesses. Since we did not know what route the bus would take through the city or where it would terminate, we closely tracked its progress in an offline map app on the phone.
“Do you speak English? Where do you want to go ?”, we heard this from the seat directly behind us. A young teenage girl nodded and pointing at the phone said, “it would be better if you put that away, someone is going ...
... on the picture. It is remarkable that such colours and detail has remained n such fine detail, and that so many books from that era were lost or destroyed. I was honoured to see it.
Just before, my search for this internet cafe was exhausting, and became more bearable after I purchased a 2 litre bottle of cold mineral water. Soon, I am off to Casa Mima and will be in Zona 1 again.
I got the cab to Casa Mima, which is a beautiful colonial house that ...
... right behind the whole procession were the clean up gang - complete with brooms, food tongs (!) and a tractor to clean up all of the grass and flowers. As soon as they passed through the crowds all disappeared and it was as if it never happened! The town reminds me so much of Cusco in Peru. The small cobbled streets, the large square with the cathedral, the arch ways, the people and all the colourful fabrics. From here onwards, I am no longer alone. I ...
... and there is a lot of debate about whether the flag should be changed so that the bird is looking to the future.
We then walked along 6th Avenida back to the town square, full of shops and it is pedestrian only. Back at the town square, there was a marimba band playing and a little pit where old people come to dance. That was fun - saw an old man doing his own solo dance act :)
Then back to the van and to Bar Esperanza which ...