Spanish school and volcanoes.
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On the monday I headed back to Antigua for a week of spanish lessons. I went to a different hostel in the hope that there would be more people. There were. One other dude called brad. Luckily he was cool and from new zealand as well and we got along so I stayed there for the week.
During the week Brad and I heard about a lodge that was in the mountains so we decided go up there after Spanish class and check it out. We headed to the lodge in the back of a pickup truck and had to walk the last bit because the road was washed away by landslides. The lodge was a typical hippy place. Everyone was really chilled and friendly and that night we all sat down on a big table and had a family style dinner of really good homemade vegetarian food. The next morning we got up early and went back just in time for school.
Brad had been telling me about a volcano hike that was advertised so I said that I would go with him. However he changed his plans and went to the beach, so I decided to go by myself. I signed up and they told me to come to the meeting that night. When I showed up I suddenly wasnt to sure of my decision. The other 3 people who were gonna do it were all hardcore pros. They all had expert gear and proper hiking boots, and i showed up in boardies and my running shoes... Then the guides told us about altitude sickness and how cold it would be which didn't help but I decided to go through with it anyway. They gave me all the warm gear I needed like jackets and jumpers which was great. The good thing was that I didn't have much to carry. All the other people had camping coffee sets and special equipment whereas I just had the clothes I was wearing, toothbrush and camera.
I managed to resist the temptation to go out that night which was a wise move because the next morning I had to wake up at 5 to leave at 6. We all took a minivan to the base of the mountain and around 8 we started walking. It took around 8 hours to get the top and some parts were very difficult but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. When we made it to the top I had never seen a view as amazing. At 14,000 ft the air is a lot thinner so I tried running to see how far I would get. I got about 15 meters before I got so tired I was gonna be sick. Within an hour of us being there we here this huge thunder and look at an active volcano that's a mile away from where we were camping and it had erupted. This happened several times during the night and was an amazing sight.
The next morning we were woken up at 5am to watch the sunset which was great and then it only took 3 hours to get back and by 10am we were having breakfast in a cafe.