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Off to the lovely shores of the oh so not so cold Mexico, our gateway to the whole of Central America. As we cruise through Latin America, join us on our expedition among the many varied cultures of our southern friends.
December 26, 2012
A break in the weather caused us to pack up a day early and take off. It took Scott about 10 feet across the snow-covered driveway before he decided we should load the bike into the back of Jake’s truck and have Ben and Matt drive us down to Redlands.
It was dark when we got down to Redlands and off-loaded the bike at In-N-Out. Had to have some dinner, of course, before we headed to the hotel in Colton.
December 27, 2012
We were up and on the road early. The skies were clear, but it was a bit chilly – low 40s. Our new motoport gear is warm – we were wishing that we had it for our Alaska trip!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Left Tucson at 7:30 am — it was a brisk 37 degrees. I thought Arizona was always warm….?!! We drove south from Tucson to the border crossing at Nogales.
Headed south on the toll road 15 toward Hermasillo. The toll road – two lanes each direction – had quite a bit of construction activity that took it down to one lane each direction off an on, but the road is good and not too much traffic. One toll booth charged 12 pesos, the second 32 pesos for the moto.
W pulled into Hermasillo about 2:30 and found an ATM – all set with pesos for now. Decided to stay the night. Checked one hotel that wasn’t up to par – they directed Scott to the “best” one in town and that is where we are – The Siesta. The room is very nice, clean, flat screen, tv and wifi. All for around $50.
December 30, 2012
Started our day with a run – our new running shoes (Thank you Jessica!) that we bought in Tucson at Fleetfeet are great. Scott is running with me (as my body guard ha!). It seems like everyone here stays up really really late and gets up really really late! We saw just a few people when we were out running. Check out at our hotel isn’t until 1:00 pm. Had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. We had a little trouble ordering orange juice – I know we will get the hang of this eventually! I had the most delicious bowl of yogurt, granola and fruit. Scott ordered chorizo and eggs – the waiter looked at him a little perplexed when he asked for potatoes. Scott said he would be happy to pay extra, he just wanted potatoes with his chorizo. We were almost done with breakfast when the waiter brings Scott a plate of french fries and ketchup. Hmm…..
Continued down the toll road through 3 or 4 more toll booths. About 1:30 pm decided to take a break and stop for lunch. This little chicken stand looked promising…
Grilled chicken, tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and salsa – yum!
We rode off the toll road about 20 minutes to see if we could find some missionaries from the Packinghouse that live in Alamos. We found Rancho Maranatha, but it was abandoned. Disappointing – it used to be an orphanage and school.
Not sure which town this was, but there is a Dominos in most towns we are passing through.
Our hotel tonight is just outside of the town of Los Mochis. We decided to stop here because they have a restaurant, and it looks pretty new. It is a “rendezvous” hotel – seriously! It’s amenities are amusing 🙂 to say the least.
Got hit with a few hours of rain, so we are warming up in the hotel restaurant, eating chips and mariscos while using the internet. Tomorrow we should be in Mazatlan for New Years. Good night y’all! or I guess it really should be Buenos Noches amigos!
December 31, 2012
Left by 8:00 am from Los Mochis after breakfast at the hotel. Yogurt with papaya, melon, apple, pears – yum. That was my breakfast. Scott had huevos gustos….
Drove through miles of agricultural area today… very lush and green. Saw herds of cattle and goats right along the toll road. So many toll stops today, I think we had to stop at least 10 booths where we had to pay from 10 pesos to 32 pesos.
Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!!! We are in Mazatlan safe and sound.
January 1, 2013
I ran about 4 miles this morning along the beachfront walkway – and felt completely safe (I say this because Mazatlan is supposed to be one of the most dangerous cities….). There were several other people running and biking.
We took off south toward San Blas – still on the toll road. Great ride – I think we average about 80-90 mph, with not much traffic. We got off on a wrong exit, and while going through the process of getting off and back on (which means paying a toll both ways!) we met up with a guy from Spain on a Triumph 800 motorcycle. He was riding from Florida, to California and down Baja to Mexico City where the bike was going to be shipped. He spoke English very well. First rider we have seen. We are riding through more agricultural land and it is getting to be more tropical. Rain started at noon and continued all day. We pulled into San Blas after noon. Scott found us a great hotel – Hotel Marina San Blas – right on the water.
Our room has a great view of palm trees and the ocean inlet. We are staying 2 nights – $75 a night – and all the we like (toilet paper, hot water, in room coffee and quiet!).
The town is great – not too touristy (yet!). I guess they have plans for bringing cruise ships in soon…. The town was devastated 10 years ago by a hurricane, so you can see some remains of the damage.
The town is great – not too touristy (yet!). I guess they have plans for bringing cruise ships in soon…. The town was devastated 10 years ago by a hurricane, so you can see some remains of the damage.
We relaxed all afternoon, then decided to go out for a local dinner. We had seen several restaurants grilling lobster and fish. Our mistake was not dealing with the price before we ate – I guess that restaurant owner was very happy with what he charged us gringos!!!! The lobster was delicious none the less!
January 2, 2013
The best night’s rest so far!!!!! Ah, peace and quiet – the only noise was the wind blowing through the palm trees. We had breakfast (yes, a real breakfast!!) at El Delfin and then Scott worked for a while online/phone. We don’t have wifi in our room, so we have to hang out in the hotel reception area to connect the phone or computer. Not a problem, except for the bugs – we are using our repellent!
We went kayaking across the inlet and hiked through the mangroves to a beautiful beach. I ran a mile or so along the beach and then we went swimming. Still overcast, but around 80 degrees – can’t complain!
Took a nap, then decided to go for lunch. As we were leaving the hotel, we hit some soft sand and dumped the bike. A few more bruises for both of us….
We went to McDonalds for lunch. Beautiful restaurant and reasonably priced – I had caesar salad with shrimp, and Scott had chicken enchiladas.
I guess you might be able to tell what we like to do…. eat and sleep! Ha! We sat in the town square for a while watching people, so entertaining! The trees are full of birds – reminds me of the tiki garden at Disneyland – seriously!!!! We checked out the San Blas Social Club this evening – owned by two guys from Manhattan. One partner, Charles, lives in San Blas 6 months out of the year, the other partner comes down for a few weeks each year. Nice to talk to some gringos and business people. Charles prepared us some Diablo Shrimp for dinner – very good with some unexpected presentation!
January 3, 2013
Had breakfast at Mc.Donald again – then checked out and headed toward Puerto Vallarta.
We are riding through jungle – sometimes the canopy is completely covering the road.
It is beautiful. Hit a lot of traffic, however, so 2 1/2 hours later we finally get into Puert0 Vallarta. At 85 degrees and traffic, we are sweating profusely!!!! We parked the bike to rest and noticed an Italian restaurant across the street. Had lunch there and got our bearings – they had wifi so we were able to check out some accommodations online. Found a boutique hotel online called Villa Olivia.
Couldn’t phone, so we drove the few blocks over to see if they have availability. The owner just happened to be down at the street level when we pulled up – wow, what a find. Our room has an amazing view of the ocean – we can hear the waves crashing – and it is very well appointed ($90 a night). Denise is French-Canadian and has 16 rooms, lives on site, and speaks French (yeah, I can practice!), Spanish and English. She is very gracious – I did practice some of the French I have been learning….. she said she just loves it when and English person speaks French because she loves the accent they give it – hahaha – yeah right, I am sure I butchered it!!!!
Got settled in, relaxed on the balcony and watched the sun set. We took a walk down the Malecon tonight – boardwalk along the beach. There are quite a few tourists here – more than I expected. We had fish tacos on the sand… loving this trip! 🙂
January 4, 2013
Enjoying Puerto Vallarta….
January 5, 2012
Left Puerto Vallarta after breakfast. I am really enjoying all the fresh fruit here – usually papaya, apple, pears, bananas, pineapple…. We continued south on Hwy 200 – lots of curves on this road. Scott keeps scraping his boot tips!
This picture shows a cross- typical especially around a dangerous curve where someone has died. This one is very large and ornate with candles and flowers.
The temperature is getting up to 90 degrees during the day. Not too bad if we are riding at a good speed, but as soon as we hit traffic we start sweating! Stopped for lunch at a roadside fruit stand – had papaya, watermelon and pineapple. Delicious!
We decided to stop at a little beach town called San Juan – we ended up at Hacienda Trinidad, a beautiful hotel with pool and restaurant right on the water. We got into the pool to cool off as soon as we could, then swam in the ocean. The ocean water is really warm!!!!
Dinner was camerones (shrimp) and guacamole while watching the sun set. I don’t think I will ever tire of these beautiful sunsets!
January 6, 2013
Took a run on the the beach to start the day. Took off around noon after listening to Pastor Ed preach from the Packinghouse (the internet is an amazing thing!), Calvary Chapel in Redlands. We rode through more curves – and many small towns.
Every time we come to a town, there are topes – speed bumps. Two or three bumps, 500 feet or so apart, that slow the traffic. We usually zip on past – but sometimes the topes are large, or unexpected, and we get jarred pretty good. Stopped and ate lunch at a restaurant on the beach – carne asada burrito! Lots of Americans – guess it is a good surfing beach. Not the greatest accommodations….
We got to Playa Azul – a little fishing village, where we thought we would find a hotel. No hotels to be found – so drove on and on until we came to a large city, Lazaro Cardenas. Found a hotel just before it got dark! Cooled off in the hotel pool.
January 7, 2013
Our hotel included breakfast – yes! After we ate, we decided to stay another night here – just to relax and rest. Next door to the hotel is a great little cafe with live music. Had dinner and then my romantic husband made me dance with him… ❤ ❤ ❤
On to Acapulco tomorrow!
January 8, 2013
Our ride today was good! Not too much traffic once we got out of the city. We left at 8 am so it seemed much cooler at first.
We experienced some construction on the toll road today…. riding along and the road gets narrow, we are now on the oncoming traffic lane with an 6 inch step up to the other lane that is newly paved – no signs, no warnings…. so glad there wasn’t much traffic! Then, the step up disappears to a step down at least 8 inches at the very edge of the pavement. All I can say is that you don’t have to worry about us driving these roads at night!
We drove into Acapulco around lunch time, looking for a restaurant and a place to stay. Into the 90s now – and warm!
To drive into the larger cities is a bit overwhelming, so we are learning to stop and get our bearings. We ended up driving through the city, then made a u-turn to head back to a restaurant. A police car with two policeman began motioning us to pull over. Scott ignored him at first, but then he had to pull over. One of the guys came up to us and told Scott that he made a dangerous turn and could have caused an accident. He asked for his drivers license and paperwork. Scott handed it to him, then the policeman says that Scott can go to the police station tomorrow morning at 8 am to pay his ticket and get his license and paperwork returned. Scott says, “NO! I will follow you to the police station NOW, you WILL NOT take my license!” The policeman continues to argue and Scott keeps answering the same, more and more emphatically (yes, he was yelling loudly at the guy!). Finally the policeman says “Okay, follow me”- and gets in his car. I had my camera in my hand, so I turned around and took a picture of the police car and its plate. The policeman jumps out of his car, comes up and tells me not to take a picture of the police. He asks for my camera – both Scott and I say, “NO, NO, NO!!!!” The policeman then says I must delete the picture, then he will give Scott his license and paperwork. I show him that I am deleting the picture and he returns the license and paperwork and we are on our way! Ha! (sorry, I really did have to delete the policeman’s picture – otherwise I would have posted it!)
We continued south looking for lunch – ended up in a Mexican tourist beach restaurant. Mexican tourist beaches are a little different than American tourist beaches. The Mexican tourist beaches have no hotels, all restaurants lined up on the beach with palapas and little built in swimming pools for the kids. If you can find a hotel, they are usually back off the beach and very small and dirty. Had some soda and shrimp, then after driving a few more miles with no hotels in sight, we turned around and went to Starbucks. Got internet and looked up some places to rent on VRBO. Found a very nice condo right on the beach for $100 a night – staying 3 nights. The complex is beautiful with 2 pools and gorgeous beach.
- Acapulco Sunset
- January 9-10, 2013
- Enjoying Acapulco! So nice to stay put for a few days and get some sun, eat delicious food, exercise and celebrate our anniversary!
I must say, Scott outdid himself on creating the most romantic anniversary EVER! I can’t begin to describe the dinner we just experienced – from the first taste to the last every thing was perfection! Mexthai – a combination of Mexian and Thai cuisine. Nothing we have eaten has ever compared to the meal we just finished.
Back on the road tomorrow – I will miss you, Acapulco!
January 11 – 14, 2013
Left early (8:30 am is early here!!!). The ride was more inland, which means WARM! At one point it reached 100 degrees. As we rode, we began to notice diesel on the road – not such a good thing when you are on a motorcycle. The back tire slipped three different times, but Scott kept us upright. The diesel lasted for a good treacherous 30 miles. Our progress was also slow because of the many towns we were riding through – slowing down for traffic and topes. I guess this ride takes 7 hours in a car… we did it in about 5 hours.
We had not eaten breakfast, so lunch was beginning to become a priority. We would look carefully in each town, but didn’t see anything that looked decent. Finally, around 1:30 pm, we come around a curve to see La Perla – a little restaurant with a lovely pool next to it. Yeah! We cooled off in the pool and then had chicken fajitas and shrimp – watching a mexican señora make our tortillas over a fire. Just what we needed – the swim was so refreshing! Now we understand and appreciate a little more the reason for the pool at a restaurant!
Got to Puerto Escondido around 4:30 pm and started looking for a place to stay. The northern beaches are small little beaches with bays, packed with Mexicans (which means they would be making noise ALL night long!) We were so happy to drive a little further to find a Zicatela Beach – a long stretch of beautiful beach known for its surfing.
There are many Canadians here – and many surfers. But with that, there are good restaurants and many English-speaking shop owners. We found a great hotel in a quiet area – the Blater Hotel opened in August, so everything is brand new and beautiful. The infinity pool on top of the hotel has an endless view of the beach. It seems like we are the only ones here.
Scott is loving being able to body surf every day – so much so that we are staying here a week. I am running on the beach every morning – and working on my tan 🙂 Everything is very inexpensive here – food and lodging both. We found a restaurant we like that has french pastries, fresh oj, delicious coffee and fresh fruit (papaya, cantaloup, watermelon, pineapple and bananas) for breakfast…
We found a church to go to on Sunday morning, held at someone’s home in their carport/breezeway – met two missionary families. Mondo and Myra and their 4 kids work with the surfer’s ministry. Sherry and Ronnie and their 8 kids have a soccer ministry. Both are from Southern California – Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach area! Mondo preached in English while his oldest son (16 or so) translated. Both families homeschool – their kids are so sweet!!!! We were very impressed with them. The church has a very international congregation (US, Canada, Austria, Mexican, Brazilian, just to name a few) and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Worship was led by three – a guitar, mandolin and drum – we sang most songs in Spanish, but some in English.
We are hearing about how cold it is at home -11 degrees…. and we are so thankful to Aimee and Ben for dealing with all the frozen pipes and issues at the ranch!!!! It is hard to imagine that depth of cold when we have to keep getting in the water several times a day to stay cool!
- Sunset on Zicatela Beach….
- January 17, 2013Puerto Music Fest at the Split Coconut on the beach – three bands playing Led Zepellin and Rolling Stones to Rockabilly. It was very interesting (and amusing!) to hear American songs sung by Mexicans…. 🙂
January 18, 2013
We were enjoying breakfast this morning when a 4.8 earthquake hit – centered about 30 miles away. It was very short, but most of the people in the restaurant were half way out of the building in the first 5 seconds. I am so glad we weren’t in our hotel – our room is directly under the swimming pool!
This has been a week of lazy days enjoying the beach, napping and eating at the numerous restaurants on the beach….
Sitting at our table, different people came by selling their wares…. hard way to make a living!
There are just two or three English channels on tv…. watching Aljazeera News from London is interesting, especially when Jared is the newscaster – ha ha!
January 19, 2013
Running on this beach every morning has been so good…. as I ran this morning, I noticed all the footprints of other people walking and running along the beach. Everyone seems to walk in the same pathway, churning up the sand – but then the waves come and the footprints disappear, leaving a perfect beautiful sandy beach. Isn’t that just like what Jesus does with our sin? Our lives get all churned up with sin and when we turn to Him, He washes it all away…. completely!
Today, we went back to Dr. Jesus to get our crowns – he did a great job, all for about 1/4 the cost in the U.S.
Then back to the mercado today…..
We found El Pollo Loco! Two very motivated women, Sherry and Maria, spent time in the US – working and saving their money – and returned to Mexico to buy this property, build this building and open their own restaurant in one section, renting out the other spaces. Their restaurant has been open only two months. The food was delicious and their kitchen was so neat and clean. We enjoyed eating in their restaurant two different times. Such precious ladies! 🙂
January 20, 2013
We got on the road early today – the weather was a cool 70 degrees. The ride was along the coast for the first hour, then turned inland. The landscape changed to a more arid terrain and the temperature rose.
We stopped at Sam’s Club around 11:30 to see if they had malaria medicine (we want to be ready for the jungle in Guatemala!), and ended up having pizza for lunch – it wasn’t bad!
Passed through a town with yet another type of taxi…. this one is a motorcycle pulling a cart.
Within the next hour as we rode on, it became very windy – the gusts were really strong. Not too much fun on the motorcycle. We were wondering if a storm was blowing in until we saw the windmills…. miles and miles and miles of windmills! A strange sight to see towering over the locals simple homes.
Decided to pull off the main highway and check out Puerto Arrista…. found a hotel on the beach and got settled in.
In 2010, the town was hit with a huge wave – most of the town is a wreck! The beach is pretty, but very windswept. We walked around the town, over to the lighthouse- not much to see… kind of a sad little place!
Tomorrow we will cross into Guatemala!
January 21, 2013
We were on the road at 6:15 am after Scott had a nice cold shower 🙂 We have come up with our own criteria when looking for a hotel… 1) We will not take the first hotel, but will look at two or three, 2) The room must have a/c or heat (depending on the weather), 3) it must have hot water, 4) wifi, and 5) a secure parking lot….
It was 70 degrees – perfect for riding and watching the sun rise. We hit a couple of military check points. At one, we were stopped and asked to open our cases. Scott opened two – the guard moved some things around and looked inside. I opened my side, unzipped my bag and stood back. The guard sees my lacy underwear and puts his hands behind his back, looks very embarrassed and mutters, “Okay” On our way again….
We ride through some beautiful ranch land. There are beautiful trees blooming in pink, many cows and horses. Then there is the ever-present smoke and smell of burning trash.
Furniture and always people…
The road is two lanes each direction. The semi trucks like to ride down the center which can get a bit sketchy when we are passing. Another interesting driving tactic is a driver with his left signal on – it could mean he is turning left…. or it could mean he wants you to pass…. deciding which it is can be tricky!
We got to the border of Guatemala about 8:30 am. It took about two hours to get through customs. A guy offers to help Scott with the process, but he is trying to get some cash (the short guy in the yellow shirt – the other two men are money changers). They, along with several other guys, followed Scott around the entire time like little gnats.
By the time Scott got everything taken care of, we were hot, thirsty and hungry.
We drive for a little while until we see a restaurant – stop for carne asada…
We needed an ATM, so we got some direction to one in the next little town – Carolina. The main street was all blocked off because of market day, so Scott leaves me with the bike while he walks 6 blocks to the ATM. I had fun watching the ladies go to market – they wore pretty aprons will ruffles and pockets, must be like their purse – that is where they would put their money, etc. The 3-wheeled taxis, tut-tut, drivers were all over the place taking people to and from the market. The tut-tuts would get all jammed together and then lay on their horns continuously. I had a few people stop and try to talk to me, but most just stood in the doorways and on the sidewalk and stared at me. Scott finally got back and we were on our way.
This is the land of tall trees and short people! The terrain has turned to thick jungle. As we go north toward the Pan-American Highway, we are climbing in elevation quickly until we are well over 8,000 feet. It is cloudy and drizzly and in the upper 60s.
We come to a town high in the clouds. The fields on the steep hillsides are being worked by the villagers – it looks like a patchwork quilt. We stop at one hotel, and decide to see what other options there are. As we drive through the narrow cobblestone streets of the town, the villagers stare at us. We stopped at a little market to get a pepsi. As we sat for awhile, the villagers that passed by would look at us solemnly. We would say “Buenos Tardes” and their faces would light up, grinning they would return our greeting.
We drove through the town and realize there are no other options, so back to El Paso A San Martin, the hotel we looked at… our room is about 10 x 12 and hasn’t been cleaned in awhile, we are hoping the sheets are clean….(?) I took a warm (?) shower while Scott tries to talk with some guys in the restaurant. Disco music is rocking – hope it doesn’t go too late tonight. The guys in the restaurant don’t speak English, but they are singing loudly to American rock. This hotel has secure parking – I guess one out of five isn’t bad. I slept in my clothes….. 🙂
Anna, with baby on her back, and Daisy Anna Bella
Anna, the hostess and cook, prepared us hamburgers (Guatemalan style) for $6 total – not too sure what kind of meat was used… She has 3 children, her oldest daughter is Daisy Anna-Bella.
January 22, 2013
Took off early – 7:30 am – put our liners in at 46 degrees. Got to the larger town of Quetzaltenango and ate breakfast at McDonalds – it is nee to have something familiar to eat, even if it is McDonalds! We would never choose McDonalds at home, but it is a whole different story here!
As we left Quetzaltenango, we climbed in elevation to pine trees.
Reached Lake Atitlan – driving through some of the towns small narrow streets are quite challenging!
We continue until we reach Panajel – and find a beautiful hotel – Posade Don Rodrigo, right on the lake.
We had fun wandering around town – this is definitely a tourist spot…. we are continually being stopped and asked for money or to buy something.
The hotel restaurant is very expensive (caters to international tourists!), so we opted to walk around town to find something to fill our stomachs. We ended up at a pizza place that was actually pretty good – we sat at a table next to the front of the restaurant. We realized that maybe we should have chosen a table further back because every person that had something to sell would stop at our table to show us their wares. When our pizza arrived, a cute little girl came to our table selling some trinkets, so Scott gave her a piece of pizza. Immediately, another child came up and also got a piece of pizza. Soon we had a crowd of little children wanting pizza! The waiter had to plant himself in front of our table to discourage them.
After our meal, we noticed a little dog waiting patiently on the curb – Scott tossed him a piece of bread, which he ate politely in the street. He followed us all the way back to the hotel.
January 24, 2013
I have acquired a “bug” that is keeping me running (unfortunately not on the beach kind of running!) … there are a multitude of instances that come to mind where, at the time, I thought, “Is this going to be a problem?” Hmm…. I guess I should have been a little more careful! No more limonade for me… Not so much fun. Scott visited the local pharmacy for me this morning for some pills that should help. I hope that our ride to Antigua is uneventful!!! (afternote – yes – I made it! Thank you little pills).
As we flew along the main highway, we came around a corner to this “parade” for one of the Guatemalan’s festivals. They were marching in one lane, with a police escort in front. Now we know why everyone is dressed up today! Keep in mind, this road is essentially the freeway of Guatemala….
After several wrong turns, one resulting in the very nice road suddenly turning to a dirt path, and another requiring us to ask a local for directions…. we made it to Antigua! It is charming! The people are very friendly – we stopped two times to get our bearings, and each time a different person approached us, asking if we needed help. Antigua, Guatemala
Part of the charm of Antigua is the narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Streetside, entire blocks appear to be just a plain wall with nondescript gates and barred windows, but inside are beautiful shops and courtyards.
This hotel is only 4 years old, but is constructed to appear hundreds of years old. It is so beautiful!
Antigua was originally the capital city of Guatemala, but after several devastating earthquakes, it was moved to Guatemala City. Most of the ruins were left as they were after the earthquakes that destroyed them.
We spent the morning wandering around the Parque Central – a beautiful area in the center of town. We sat for awhile on a bench and listened to a man playing music…
Shoe shine boys kept asking to clean my shoes and Mayan women would approach us to sell their jewelry and weavings. We decided to walk through the Cathedral and ruins….built in 1538, it was destroyed in 1668 by an earthquake. Another cathedral was built next to it, and it was destroyed in 1773 – and then another was built next to it. Surreal….
No modern signage in Antigua….
Poor Scott succumbed to the travel bug…. the rest of his afternoon is spent in our room. I ventured out on my own and had a great time exploring the little shops behind the walls!
January 26, 2013
Got up this morning to a beautiful clear sky and view of the Agua Volcano from the rooftop terrace of the hotel.
- boys selling flutes in Antigua
- We took a break in a restaurant to have a soda. Our table was next to a window, convenient for the locals to stop and show us what they had to sell. These little girls were very persistent in trying to get Scott to buy their merchandise. He gave them each a few quetzals (money in Guatemala) because they were so cute. The one on the right spoke the most English – she kept telling Scott he was cheap because he wouldn’t buy anything.
Antigua gets my vote for one of the most romantic cities we have been in!
January 27, 2013
Sunday morning – we watched Pastor Ed from the Packinghouse in Redlands, CA, preach live via webcam. We were able to watch the entire service, including worship!
We took another walk around town… Sunday is a BUSY day here – so many tourists come from Guatemala City (an hour away).
We sat in the square and watched the people – very rich and very poor – all enjoying their day.
We took a carriage ride through the area of town we had not explored yet. Our young drivers did not speak much English, but tried to explain points of interest to us.
We went to Calvary Chapel of Antigua for their evening service at 5 tonight. This is a small church, though attendance was high due to two work groups from the US in town. A good service done in English and Spanish.
Tomorrow we are on the road to more adventures!