Chicken buses and ice cream cones

Trip Start Jul 29, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2005

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Monday, August 8, 2005

This was another travel day. Getting to Antigua was tough. I'm sad that it took so long to get there, but well worth it. I left very early from Livingston via Rio Dulce. Livingston is not well accessible by road, so I had to take a river cruise to get to a place where I could catch a bus. The river cruise passed by a few eco-lodges and sulfur springs and a Maya cultural center. The river cruise was so amazing. The cliffs were just awesome. So serene. I took pictures, but I ended up losing that disposable camera. I had so many good pictures on that one too.

Once I got to the "bus station" or storefront where buses depart from, I learned that the bus to Guatemala already left. So I was advised to get on that van over there to Morales and catch the bus there. So I got into a minivan. It was actually a mini-bus according to them. It's really the modern chicken bus. It's a huge taxi that picks up people and drops them off where they want. It was five people to a row in a van. It was great. Somehow I got off at the right stop. Waited for hours until the bus came. No chance for food or lunch. Luckily on the bus there were vendors who came on when we stopped. Then they sold us food and then they left before the bus left. I got an ice cream. It was 2 quetzales. That's 2 bits. 25 cents. It was so good. The ice cream was kinda like corn starchy though. Still so good. Also got some homemade flour tortillas with salsa and mangos. When we got to Guatemala, it was late afternoon. I got lost in the dirty city area, so I just caught a cab to take me to the bus stop. He wanted to take me all the way to Antigua for 20 bucks, but I took the bus instead for 1 dollar. When I got to Antigua, I was fairly lost because the bus is circular and I almost ended up going all the way back to Guatemala. And when I got to all the hostels in the guidebook, they were all booked. Eventually one of the hostels told me to inquire across the street (Erbin, my guide in Antigua!). I did and they showed me a 10 dollar room. It was nice and spacious, so I took it immediately. It was basically a second house that the family built on their property, so it didn't look like a place to lodge, but it was. And the family was so nice. I talked to the family and they were so accomodating. From the moment I found the room in Antigua, I was completely enchanted by the people there.
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