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Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2014

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Flag of Guatemala  , Sacatepequez,
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Antigua is a city one can really feel at home in. The welcoming and friendly people, the beautiful architecture, the vast array of restaurants and the passion for dancing.

My second week in Antigua largely followed the same pattern as the first. Mornings start bright and early with a hearty breakfast on the terrace of my hostel and then on to Spanish lessons, in the tranquil garden of my school. I'm really enjoying the lessons and time seems to fly by. The school is very social and at break time all the students and teachers congregate outside the gates, by a great little food stall. There, for the grand sum of 3Q (about 20p), a range a tasty Guatemalan snacks are available - tostados, dobladas, chuchitos and rellenitos. Following school it's either back to our terrace with produce from the market, or on to one of many cafes to lunch and complete homework.

With all these lovely food options, it a good job that there's also a lot of dancing on offer. Staying next door to a dance studio helps, as when the afternoon rain arrives it's the best way to raise the spirits. I continued to take private Salsa lessons with my roomie and group Salsa and Bachata classes. It's helped to improve my moves for the various Salsa clubs we've frequented. I've also agreed to participate in a choreographed Bachata performance in early November, so I've been practicing hard for that!

As a treat this week, about twenty of us from school went along to a flash restaurant and took up residence in their lounge area; where we were front row for Buena Vista de Corazon, an offshoot of the Buena Vista Social Club of Havana. We met Ignacio who defected during one of their many tours and started the new group in Guatemala. The music was great and we all got up and became part of the show, Salsa dancing in front of the diners.

I have now moved on to the slower paced Lake Atitlan, as a change of scene for a week. I've requested plenty of homework though, so will try to keep up the Spanish and dancing whilst away.
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