Posada de los Volcanes
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Today we did our tour of Semuc Champey and the K'anba caves and it was amazing. We set off from the hostel early after a yummy cooked breakfast and started with the caves. We each had a candle and were in swimmers and trainers and we made our way into the cold water of the caves and then continued about 1km inside of them, climbing different ladders and over big rocks as well as swimming through the water with the candle above our head at points! At the deepest point we got to there was ...
... My "sisters" are Jessica and Natalie who are 15 and 25 and both them and mama and grandma help me speak every day and night. They own a small little restaurant which is open for breakfast and lunch and that's where I eat, for dinner I eat in the house. Food is different everyday but very good although Guatemalan portion sizes are tiny (probably for the best). School has been good and my Spanish is getting a lot better. I can have conversations with people ...
... an almost full bus when it pulls up to collect you. But luck is on your side, as you manage to secure the last two permanent seats, narrowly escaping the flip-down seats. You look apologetically at the six people who board the bus after you at the next collection point, but at the same time you know that no one is going to offer to swap with them after the rest break on route! You do however offer to swap with your unknown neighbour who is 6ft+ and drew the short straw of the wheel ...
... exactly the way we came and had to descend ladders and wait for some groups going in the opposite direction. The best and also least safe part was a in a little cavern that followed a waterfall that was barely big enough for two squatting people. I was third to go and over the rushing of the water couldn't hear a single instruction the guy told the first one of us. We were later told that that Aussie guy had thought it would be like a slippery dip and upon seeing his excited face ...
Friday 29th November
Panajacel is a one street tourist trap, but that is due to its position on the banks of the fabulous volcanic lake Atitlan. On Friday morning, before completing our journey to Antigua, we took a ferry across to San Pedro, slightly more relaxed and a haven for homestays, Spanish classes, Salsa dancing, yoga and the like. We may return here for a few months in the future to get to grips with the language.