Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Guatemala - I'm loving it!

Still in Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. We had planned to stay 3 nights, but now it looks like we're going to stay 5 nights. Just can't tear ourselves away.

On Sunday we went to the big market at Chichicastenango (don't you just love these Guatemalan town names?!) Luckily for hubby, we were mildly disappointed by the market itself and only spent 25 quetzals (even the currency here has a cool name!) which is less than 2GBP. However, we were impressed by the church procession which wound its way through the market - there were lots of large statues of saints being paraded around and every now and then the whole preocesion would come to a stop so that homemade explosions could be let off. This seems to have involved stuffing lots of small pellets of gunpowder into a scaffolding tube, setting light to it and ducking. Lots of fun!

Yesterday we took a boat ride acoss Lake Atitlan to San Pedro La Laguna and spent the morning wandering round the town. We got a boat back at about 2pm by which time the lake which was like glass on the way out and turned into a churning monster so we crashed and banged our way back across in a little wood and fibreglass contraption, known as a boat. Luckily my doggy paddle has been honed by trips to at least 2 swimming pools while we've been away, so I would have been safe had we met with an unfortunate accident.

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