San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Saturday, November 10, 2012

We spent one week in the tiny, colorful town of San Pedro, about 3 hours from Antigua. It was right on lake Atitlan, by the San Pedro volcano. We did another week of Spanish school here. The Spanish school was beautiful. There were many individual huts spread around a pretty garden. There was also a good view of the lake. My teacher's name was Estrela. We didn't do much in San Pedro except for walk around and explore the town. We stayed in a homestay that week too. We each had a room, and us and the whole family shared a bathroom. There was no hot water. But the mom was a really good cook! The father was also the pastor in town. There were also more earthquakes this week. There was a big one in the nighttime (my mom and Soph were asleep but I was awake) and it was a 6.5. There were aftershocks too. We learned that sometimes Lake Atitlan has a strange phenomenon called Xocomil, where there is a big whirlpool in the water and boats get sucked in. We heard about 5 different legends relating to that - Including a sea monster, an enchanted ring, and forbidden love.
I also learned about the mountains. My mom's teacher said that time is different in the mountains. If people wander in there for a couple hours, it is several days in the mountains. They come back ragged and starving. The mountains really just do this to people that have been bad. If they harm nature or are negative, the mountains will take them. There are countless stories of tourists getting lost and never coming back again. Her teacher also said that the mountains have lots of money, but if you try to take it you will never come back. Some parents, though, can 'sell' their children to the mountains, and they will get lots of money in return. They said that if you are in the mountains and something looks out of place, do not touch it. These are portals. Often, something strange appears on the mountains. My mom's teacher said that a large golden church bell appeared out of nowhere. Everyone knew not to touch it, but it was soon gone again. These stories are all very strange and fascinating.
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