Semana Santa, Rio Dulce
Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
59Trip End Jul 16, 2008
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On Good Friday I walked out to Castillo de San Fernando which is a "castle" (more of a fort, really) on the water. It was built in the 1600īs to guard against pirates but then the pirates of the Caribbean overtook it and later burned it down. They rebuilt it in the 1950īs, for historical value I suppose. I made a day of it by walking the three miles there and back. To my surprise, there was a big festival going on for Good Friday so I did my best to blend in with the Guatemalan families. I also took a quick boat ride around Rio Dulce.
I planned on avoiding the party again but I got roped in by a group of spring breakers that called themselves the "Mochileros" or "Backpackers". One of the guys lived in LA for four years so his English was pretty decent. Nearly every Latin-American that I have met that speaks English has spent time working in the States. This guy told me all about how easy it is to buy fake papers for $40. I believe it. I also met a cool Irish guy named Patty who was traveling by himself and was also missing the English language.
Everyone should take a Spring Break! Go somewhere! Do something! Meet people!