There are Mayan women in San Pedro La Laguna who walk around selling delicious, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, coconut bread, chocolate bread, and carrot bread to tourists, which include a high ratio of hippies.
Nicole's unofficial guard dog, Señor Zeke.
this music was so loud that I had to see what was happening. It was around 10am Monday morning and these compañeros were performing an interesting dance while under the influence of much alcohol.
well after nearly 3 months we've made it almost full circle. our final stop was Lake Atitlan, near Quetzaltenango(or Xela) where we began our trip. this is kevin in front of our fancy hotel in San Pedro, one of several small towns on the lake. This is the view from our room. pretty gorgeous. taken inside the church of another small town on the lake named Santiago Atitlan. every single saint in there had its own tailor made outfit! most days these mountains and volcanoes surrounding the lake were hidden by foggy clouds, but here's a bit of the famous view. we tried to kayak on 2 occasions and found we had a knack for going right as the wind picked up! nicole's on a suspension bridge in the middle of the Panajachel (the biggest town on the lake) Nature Reserve. We actually saw spider monkeys in the wild! oh, wait a second.. they're surrounded by an electric fence. don't let the label fool you. this Mayan liquor, aguardiente, is not as cute going down as the label suggests. i don't know how many of these bottles we brought home..kevin was obsessed! well i finally found another volunteer project, if only for 1 week. this is the fence i helped build by lashing cornstalks to a makeshift wooden frame. i was told it's to keep dogs (and drunk guys) from bothering the spanish school's gardens and students. here's the terrace of our other hotel on the lake. yes, also beautiful. i loved san pedro, it was so mellow and full of cheap, delicious food and accommodations. we still don't know why there were so many israelis here and nowhere else in our travels? a great place to end our amazing trip.
i don`t think we mentioned going to a biotope for quetzals, guat`s national bird. i don`t know why it`s called a cloud forest, but we did see some gorgeous tropical foliage, a rad big snake, and a quetzal`s cousin. we`re told that the real thing is very illusive, and not to take it personally that we didn`t see one.
Here in San Pedro by the lake, Nicole is doing volunteer yard work at a school and saw a crazy blue and orange lizard today. Kevin is shopping for liquor, machetes, and cigars like a man. we cant` believe we`ll be home in mere kat days.
the men with sticks disbanded and we finally made it to the ruins at Copan Ruinas. They were pretty cool.... for being all ruined. Nicole was in country bumpkin archeologist heaven, except it was very hot.
Ass-cending. hahaha lol j/k
we rode horses in Copan. kevin rode a lil guy, but he got him runnin good.
We saw some very rockin festivities in Coban, Guat. that is the almighty Semana Santa with processions and parties and flower, sawdust, and colored sand Jesus mandalas decorating the streets. I was like, ¨this is sooooo central american¨.
we stayed a couple of nights at a hotel in this little crap town that was miserably hot because we read that it had a courtyard boasting a collection of caged squirrels. at least we made 2 more animal friends
Nicole visited one of the streetside x-ray machines and found some startling news
so Kevin went deep into the river/cloud forest to find himself
A game of spanish Scrabble(TM) that nicole and I played with my brother, Chris. It was great to get to hang out with Chris in El Salvador because he is the best and he knows so much about El Salvador. He was here to observe the elections and work with a group that helped the FMLN win.
These pictures were taken at the Museo de Arte Popular, a folk art museum. The scenes can represent anything from farmers working, mujeres making tortillas, important peace talks, to a sequence of a couple meeting, getting married, having sex, giving birth, and being a happy family, all contained in little egg-shaped ceramics.
Kevin is now almost completely free of amoebas! oh, and he got a haircut and a shave.
i got my first straight razor shave. this barber was incredible, like eduardo scissorhands. after he cut my hair and shaved my face he strapped a vibrating glove on and massaged my face, head and shoulders. i´m going to do this more often.