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Old 12-18-2009, 02:18 PM   #751
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Yes, Still at the Market at San Francisco de Alto


You name it, it was for sale here.












Yes, this is my Spanish teacher - Nacho Libre!


Lunch time


Cooked on the spot on wood fired stoves. As is typical for the region, there are no chimney's or exhaust of any kind. You do not need to smoke in Guatemala to get a lung full of smoke, no matter where you go.




This time taken with a flash for a better sense of the amount of smoke going on here.


More sardine-packedness:


Next up, the faces.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:25 PM   #752
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Faces at the Market














Our escape chickenbus. Everything goes. Usually this happens at speed. This guy was lucky we weren't moving.




I didn't have as good a seat for the ride back. We were in snarled traffic for well over an hour. Everybody beeping their airhorns and making no progress. I couldn't figure out why it was taking so long to get out of this little city, especially compared to how long it took to come in. After an hour I realized that we had circled the city first to pick up the maximum number of passengers. It was misery, but at least I had a seat




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Old 12-18-2009, 05:01 PM   #753
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You have to wonder if Albuquerque is missing a bus. Yes, that's not fair, and I'm just being funny, not making a generalization.

However! When I lived in S. AZ, one way construction equipment was "given new owners" was to start it up, point it south, put it in gear, and wait for it to show up in Mexico.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:09 PM   #754
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Stout Drrags! I already had a good day, now I had a great day. Thanks for taking the time to share. Another week, and you'll be known to the locals as that gringo camera loco amigo. How's that for some stellar espanol!
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:49 PM   #755
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The beautiful mountain and playa vistas from rider reports are awsome...but it's also nice when the report(er) slows down and takes in a certain town. Nice job with the market and people pics.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:09 AM   #756
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Good to hear Drrags...!

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If you get tired of your current abode, you are quite close to my friend's place in Xela:

http://www.casasanbartolome.com/intro.htm

Anabella and Jorge would be more than happy to host at their place, there is also space in the back to work on your bike if needed.

Sorry to hear about the strange happenings in Panajachel, I was there a couple of months ago. Please be careful with your camera. Crowds can do strange things in Guate when the locals see someone shooting some pics. Great report, thanks for sharing!!!




Dude, you hit the nail on the head. I followed your advice and rented an apartment for 30 days. This place is great I want to do a write-up on it later, after I get settled in and familiar with my surroundings.

Anabella and Jorge want to know who you are. They don't recognize the ADV name PM me
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Hope that you are enjoying your stay in Xela now, you have excellent hosts and the place is very close to the center of town. Incredible how quiet that place is, it is like being in the country. So odd, given how close it is to everything. Please keep us updated and thanks for sharing your experiences!
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:39 AM   #757
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Keep the good stuff rolling! Living the dream.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:51 AM   #758
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Random Pictures of the Day

It rained hard all night last night and now it is an overcast Sunday.

I decided to take a walk to the town center just to see what's going on and to maybe buy a spatula. It turned out that not much was open today. The city was fairly deserted and quiet.


Even the indigenous get cold and wet.


What?! The little girl is cheating!


Even the birds are chillin' today


I bought one of those hippie bags.


Everyone's got a tarp up this morning.


I wish these were the bikes stateside cops rode





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Old 12-20-2009, 09:08 AM   #759
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Good stuff

Be well Arno. I'm off to Montana tomorrow. Whitefish is calling.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:17 AM   #760
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Moonrise, but I forgot where I took this.
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:22 AM   #761
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drrags, are you stalking the girl in the sweater? She shows up in a lot of your chickenbus pics.

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Walking to the chickenbus:


Getting on the chickenbus



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Old 12-20-2009, 12:38 PM   #762
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drrags, are you stalking the girl in the sweater? She shows up in a lot of your chickenbus pics.

oh yeah. Thats the hot little German chick from the language school. Actually, shes not so little.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:46 PM   #763
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Yo! Whaddup Bro? Looks like things are going fine for you in your new locale. I just arrived in Panama City around noon today and tomorrow start making arrangements for the big flight to Medellin. Just keeping you posted in case you still wanna come down and try out some Columbian women, I mean hospitality. By the way, those are some beautiful pics of the market and churches but what is the significance of the vibrator tree? I've never seen one quite like it!
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:46 PM   #764
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Hey Arno, your moonscape is my new work desktop. Nicely done.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:15 AM   #765
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In synch

I love how you are all in synch with life wherever you go. You get somewhere and say...This place is cool...I'd like to stay a while. I think about it all the time. I told my wife last night that when we retire I want to go to Guatemala and just live for like 6 months. Just so soak it up a bit.

Question...how did you decide on the place to rent for a month. Did you ask around or just check out some places and make a command decision. Is safety and the area of the city an issue?
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