Last week in Antigua

Trip Start Sep 22, 2008
Trip End Jan 23, 2009

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Shared house with Mirriam

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Well howdy doody everyone, hope everyone is happy with life? Well this is the last week in Antigua. I finished with Spanish school, although I need another 10 years. I could have easily stayed longer but I want to see Guatemala and I need to move on. If I have problems with communication I might stay in another town and take further lessons, but I need to practice it in the real world and so far I have been able to get to and from places etc without much trouble, but as Antigua is a tourist town, there are plenty of people who speak english. In the rural communities is where the challenge lies.

Anyway, the photos and videos(unfortunately it took me 3 hours to upload the photos and you will have to wait for the videos, sorry) I will be attaching will probably give a good indication of what I have been up to and seen. The most remarkable activity was climbing the Volcano at Mt Pacaya. It was amazing and incredibly dangerous considering you are walking ontop of the lava and lava is pouring out of the crater mouth. In Australia you wouldnīt be allowed to get within miles of the thing with all the safety regualations. But here we were walking on it!

I have also gone out to a few bars to listen to live music, dance some salsa, and meet some fantstic Guatemalians, especially the cleaning lady Rose who for some strange reason knows all about my life. Also my house mate Mirriam has been fantastic, she has become a true friend and I know we will keep contact with each other over the years. She has also invited me to Spain, that is when she completes her Phd.

Of course is was sad to finish my Spanish class with Shenny, who has been wonderful and she has sent you all a message. Itīs up to you to translate it.

I head off for Lake Atitlan on Monday for a couple of days,which is meant to be breathtaking. I then go to Xena a town that is the starting point before heading into the highlands of Guatemala and home to the remote Mayan rual communities. It is where I will try and catch a bus to the town of Todos Santos for the annual drinking and horse riding festival. I wonīt go into too much detail now but it is meant to be a blast with men dressed to traditional costume riding horse after drinking for days on end a potion that sends you loopy. Basically its last man standing kind of stuff.

So I hope you like the photos and the videos.
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