Lakes and Lessons

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Monday, January 21, 2013

After an awesome three day trek we arrive in San Pedro La Laguna, a beautiful lake side town filled with really tasty cheap food (new favourite street food, tostadas! So good!!) and some interesting characters. One man in particular was a very strange local who only ever yelled 'SUPER MARIO' to anyone he walked passed with a giant grin across his face. Possibly to many puffs on the magic dragon?

The town is a melting pot of culture which is reflected through the numerous restaurants lining the maze like paths. Following these paths takes you to the canoes along the shores of the blue expanse that is Lago Atitlan or to the many hiking trails to explore the amazing views San Pedro Volcano has to offer.

A place where many travellers alike stop to further their Spanish skills at one of the many language schools scattering the town, San Pedro is also a well known spot for a place to party. It is here, maybe stupidly, we decide to do some Spanish lessons! With three days of Spanish under our belts I learnt (again) that Spanish is really hard to learn when hungover (Sian.. Clearly I didn't learn from the last time)

Note: Simon must have a look of 'I like to party.' Having just checked into the hostel, we had been relaxing on the comfy cushions of the adjoining bar no longer then 5 minutes before a man selling special chocolate brownies appeared. We didn't leave those comfy cushions for the rest of the day!

Australia Day.. What can I say? Although we weren't surrounded by our usual crowd of friends, a slippery slide and the heat from the hot sun, we were surrounded by a good crew of Australian and international travellers, a swimming pool, (a little to cold to swim in) plenty of booze and Triple J streaming live.. Any excuse to party at La Laguna! It turned out to be a pretty great night that went into the wee hours of the morning. The soirée culminated at a 'secret location' or a locals house a short walk up the mountain. Walking through the front door the heat from all the dancing bodies was intoxicating. Every wall, floor and ceiling was covered in graffitied neon paint and as we passed through each 'bedroom' it felt more like an underground car park rave then some bodies place of residence.

Waking up the following morning with the worse hang over of our lives, our bus leaving La Laguna would have to wait another day. Once we both felt ready to face the world we managed to find ourselves a cafe that sold VEGEMITE!!!! Super excited and ready for a taste of home, we were let down quickly with the knowledge that all the other Aussies must had the same idea, they had sold out!

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Anne on

What a laugh! Simon, maybe practice your Spanish only where everyone speaks Spanish. Just as well you did not get something disgusting instead!

Sounds like you guys are having a great time.

Lots of love.

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