I don´t know what´s wrong with me. I was all set to go see a band at cafe no se (cafe "I don´t know", don´t you love the name?) last night, and at a time I´m too embarrased to say, I laid down and got too comfortable. It´s easy to do, with my new room. It has, what, 15, 20 ft ceilings? It used to be a 15th century convent and a monastary and has high wood beam ceilings and tile floors. It´s right on the big famous yellow arch that I love so much. I stayed in a room with a straw floor a few weeks ago, so I notice things like flooring now. I watched TV for the first time in a while, to ease myself back into civilization. Tonight, I swear, I´m going out. Even though I have an 8AM flight tomorrow.
- Breakfast - the BK numero tres!!
- Dinner - the kingfish at Casa Iguana, tied with the Enchiladas verdes at Frida´s in Antigua.
- Beer - Toña, Nicaragua
- Beer label - Gallo, Guatemala
- live music - Riki´s, Antigua, Cafe Nuit, Granada
- cheapest room - EVER - the psychedelic hotel San Francisco, San Pedro, $3.50
- Favorite room - Casa Iguana, casita number 4
- Boat ride - Big corn island to little corn island. Like a $4 white water rafting trip
- Bagged snack - those freeze dried taco things, Guatemala
Important things learned in Guatemala and Nicaragua:
- It´s easier to travel around here than Europe.
- Reggaeton is everywhere
- I sorta like reggaeton!
- What Central American guys lack in height, they more than make up in dancing skills
- People in Guatemala speak slower than Nicas, Guatemala is the perfect place to learn spanish
- Refried beans are damn good for breakfast
- Bedbugs here aren´t messing around
- If your feet are dirty, you are probably having a good time.
- Hygeine is overrated
- Other travellers in Central America are super friendly
- Chickens come in all sorts of cute logos here (Gallo, pollo estrella)
- Nicaraguan hot dogs are nothing to be feared
- I could retire or work in Antigua one day, It feels very homey
- People who admit to going to 300 plus Widespread panic shows are usually pretty strange
- Wearing one sweater for 3 weeks is perfectly acceptable
- It´s surprisingly easy to get used to seeing men with rifles
- It´s not easy to get used to seeing children working and class differences here
- Latin culture brings a little warmth and color into my life
and thanks for reading! If you were reading and not commenting, let me know..
above: the arco, a coffee plant, our coffee tour guide, some textiles made by children in the main square - about the tumultuous times in the 80s - (if you can read it, it´s sad about pregnant women hit by bullets in 1982 and 1985), another chicken bus, the room next to mine (my headboard isn´t that good, but I did have towel swans!)