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Tuesday 24th October 2006

Lago Atitlan

Last weekend, Frank and I headed to nearby San Pedro which is on beautiful Lake Atitlan. The journey there involved a 3 hour shuttle bus and then a ferry to San Pedro. We were a bit sluggish as Friday night was Tim and Chris´s farewell party and we only got a few hours sleep. Anyway we checked into the Hotel in San Pedro and it only cost 20Q (less than $3US) for a night .. gold! We met up with some people from our Spanish school who had arrived the day before and headed straight for the beach. The water was quite refreshing but the beach was nothing to write home about really. The town of San Pedro is quite picturesque as it is set right into the hill that borders the lake. There wasn´t much to do in San Pedro apart from chilling in the hammock and taking in the scenic vistas. That night we went out for a few cervezas at a cool bar. Pretty tame really.

The next day we decided to go for the cheap option and returned back to Antigua on a "Chicken Bus". It was good times, at one stage the driver pulled over and refilled the engine coolant with a bucket from a stream next to the road! And of course there was a chicken chirping away in a box in the luggage rack. The bus was packed so it was 3 to a seat with no shoulder room at all. Was glad to get the hell off that bus.

Everything is going well here in Antigua. We´re into a pretty good routine at the moment with daily Spanish classes and plenty of Salsa. I´ve cut down the Salsa from 6 hours to 4 hours this week as it was a bit too much! Not too much to do here at night so we usually go out for a few beers. Tuesday night is the big one though, cheap drinks at Mono Loco (Crazy Monkey) then time to show off your Salsa skills at the bar next door (Sin Ventura). Going to be interesting tonight!

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