Flip flops, 12 hour journeys and stunning Pana

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Friday, July 20, 2012

Man alive I was absolutely freezing last night! Had to sleep in a hoody, my scarf, a blanket and my towel to try and keep warm. Had to get up even more earlier than usual (6:30am) to go on the trek that was getting to Pana. For some reason people like to set load bangers off at this time of the morning, which I'm sure people LOVE. I look like an absolute hippy today, I don't think I've brushed my hair for about two days and I'm definitely rocking the traveller pants. 

Headed off on the bus at 7:30am and realised I'd left my passport in my backpack, idiot. I was sat next to a tramp/60 year old hippy who wasn't particularly helpful when I needed to get out, thankfully he didn't smell. We eventually stopped about 3 hours in and I realised that one of my flip flops appeared to be missing. By the time we got to the border and I'd checked the whole bus I discovered it was gone and had probably fallen out of the drivers side in transit. So, with one flip flop I crossed the border into Guatemala! I thankfully managed to get a new pair immediately and it was almost lucky that I'd lost one as my new German friend Georgia's flip flop, broke 5 minutes after I'd bought my new one. By sheer fate it was the same foot as the one I had left over! We're not BFF's we're FFF's :P 

Have already decided that Guatemalan's are lovely as we went to get some stuff from the shop, didn't have enough change, so they gave us our yogurt drink for free. Then I left my water there and they got their little boy to run back and give it to me! So sweet. 

So far Guatemala reminds me a little bit of Laos, very rural, mountainous and green. It is very beautiful though. Apparently there are a lot of landslides here on the roads (awesome) and so 50% of the journeys are delayed while they fix the roads! A landslide had just recently happened but they'd built an entire new road for a detour so we could go round it! People here also don't know how to queue as some van full of Guatemalans tried to queue jump the traffic and then had to reverse as they were faced with a giant lorry - SHAME. 

Petrol is ridiculously cheap here! It's 35 Quetzales to the GALLON - 50 Quetzales is about 
£1! We had another stop and I had the weirdest ice cream ever, it was chocolate with strawberry - fine, but it was shaped like a hammer and had biscuit on each end...what?? Just before we got there, after TWELVE hours, which was supposedly meant to be a 7 hour trip, the driver took us to a look out point over Lago di Atitlan so we could take photos, which was pretty nice. He then also took us all the way to our hotel (Georgia came with me) so we didn't have to get a tuk tuk (YES they're back!), what a legend! 

We were both absolutely knackered by the time we got to the hotel, but it's nice. It's owned by a Japanese family and the rooms are pretty cool, NO bunk beds, a kitchen, free coffee and Georgia has Little Mermaid sheets on her bed. I am totally jealous. We met up with an Israeli guy, after a well deserved shower, and he took us into town to somewhere he was recommended to get a Guatemalan dish - PepiŠn. It was...ok, don't think I'd eat it again. Georgia and Guy loved it though. Feed some stray dogs (one had a leg missing) to find that they were really fussy! Wouldn't eat chicken skin (what??) or rice...last time I try and feed a stray dog! 

Georgia and I decided to be proper old ladies and have hot chocolate instead of a beer afterwards and then we headed home for bed at 10, rock and roll!! I am definitely having a lie in tomorrow, no getting up at 8 or early for me!!! :D
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Hannah T on

I am so impressed with how hardcore you have been! And you? Not liking local food? I don't believe it!!!!

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