Published: March 10th 2010March 10th 2010
Hot hot hot - yesterday was HOT. 35+ in the shade. We were up at dawn, which was lovely and cool, but the day just turned in to a dusty, hazy heat. We tried to venture out at around 3.30pm but soon came back to the cold showers and shade of our hostel. It wasn't until sunset that we could comfortably walk around the island.
We took a stroll to the top of the road, where a park is. It was being used by a group of kids playing basket ball. As we got closer, two men dressed in army gear started staring at us. It was quite intimidated as they were armed with automatic guns. We then remembered reading that Guatemala has had a problem with people taking children and selling them for body parts. This must explain the guards.
Steve and I instantly took an interest in the local architecture and walked on down a side street and out of view.
There is a strange atmosphere in Guatemala. It's friendly to a point and then there is an undercurrent of... I can't quite put my finger on it. We're very lucky with where we are staying.
Can you see what's in the wall behind him?
It's very secure and full of friendly locals. The kitchen staff are the best, laughing at everything I say. I try out what little spanish I know and yesterday accidentally spoke German!
We've bought an overnight ticket to Panajachel for tonight, which is on Lake Atitlan. From there we will enquire about spanish schools, hopefully with two weeks tuition my German will flourish!
We have to be out of our room by 10am and our bus isn't until 10pm. We're in for another hot one so I'm prepared today. I'm just going to float for 12 hours in the beautiful, clean lake.
This morning we were up at 6am and took a walk over the causeway to Santa Elena. We wondered around the market, it was nice to get away from the 'tourist plaza' and see a bit of what the Guatemalans get up too. We've bought fresh fruit to see us through the day.
I'm wondering how I'm going to study in such heat. Hopefully, the lessons are early in the morning because come the afternoon my brain turns to mush.
There are more photos below