Yet ANOTHER bus ride...

Trip Start Sep 06, 2006
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Monday, September 25, 2006

But at least I didnīt get robbed on this one! Yet another early start to the day. The bus was supposed to come between 6:30 and 7, but of course didnīt show up until about 7:15. Iīm getting good at waiting! I didnīt even freak out...just sat on my pack and read. Although I was a little nervous when this drunk guy came up to me...he was bleeding all over the place and could not walk in a straight line. He stared at me for a while, while I prayed for him not to try to touch me, and then he moved on. It was actually a little surreal.

The bus ride was pretty good...I got my appetite back around 10 when we stopped for breakfast and ate an entire plate of pancakes. Possibly one of the biggest meals Iīve eaten on the road! Then it was back on the bus for another few hours of driving. However, I didnīt read the LP guide for the road until I was on the bus...and it said that robberies of tourist buses (like the one I was on) were frequent on the road, and sometimes violent. So there were a few minutes of freaking out, then I calmed down when I realized that there was nothing I could do about it if something bad happened.

We got to the border and had our passports scanned...possibly one of the easiest border crossings Iīve ever done. The only thing that the immigration guy said to me was Ļmuy bonitaĻ when he handed me my passport back. Cool. Then we had to change buses (sketchy) and proceed on the way. While we were changing buses I noticed that there was some interesting cargo in the back under our packs....still not sure what it was, but it was a big plastic bag full of perhaps?

We got to Xela around 2:30 and proceeded to the hotel, where one of my travel companions, realized that she has left one of her bags on the bus....I felt terrible for her! So we got checked into our hotel (nice own room, hot showers!) and then went searching for her bag. The guy at the bus station (who spoke English, bless his heart!) told her heīd try to get it back for her tomorrow. So we shall see.

We checked out some spanish schools for a while, and I was undecided if I wanted to study or not. Then we found one place with the most lovely woman (Celas Maya) and we all decided to do four days of classes. So Iīm in Guatemala until Saturday at least! The school is great...the proceeds go to support local indigenous students who otherwise would not be able to afford to go to school. Gotta love the community initiative! (Tammy and Jenn, do you approve??)

And then it was time for the big explore. Nick and Adrien decided that it was time to get some beer and snacks, as it wasnīt quite time for dinner. So off we went, without a map, to find these necessities. Well, sure enough, we got royally lost. We found what we were looking for, but had a terrible time getting home. We couldnīt remember the name of our hotel, and no one seemed to have any idea where we were asking about. haha. So we wandered for a while, down two massive hills....and then up a small one, and we were home. I still have no idea how that happened!!

We went for dinner around 8, but everything had pretty much closed, including the internet cafes! (sadness!) We managed to find an arab place that was open, but didnīt have half the things on its menu. haha. We settled for some pizza and then went home for an early evening.

Costs for the day: Bus to Guatemala, 35$, food 15$, hotel 4.5$
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