Published: February 15th 2011February 8th 2011
Things look calm
from the dock, but notice the name of our boat.
This morning we woke up & both feel crappy. Dangit! We're both dragging a bit & still trying to get some sightseeing done. Ugh.
We ate a delicious homemade cinnamon roll & headed out to catch a boat to another little town on the lake called San Marcos. When we woke up this morning we noticed little white caps on the water. Since we've been here the lake has been competely flat & calm. Today, of course, we're heading out on the boat & it's the windiest day they've seen in some time. San Pedro is located in a little valley that is protected from the wind. When we got out of our little valley, the waves were huge! It was ocean-like. Unlike any lake waves I've ever experienced. A little nuts for the small fishing boat that functions as the water taxi. But we made it, slowly but surely.
San Marcos is a teeny tiny town. We walked around the entire town in about 1 hour. There is a pretty little church in the center of town. It is made out of bricks. Most of the churches we've seen up to this point are made out of stucco.
After taking a few waves
over the bow we made it to San Marcos.
Every single town, village, city in Guatemala has a cathedral. You can always see it because it is by far the cleanest, brightest, shiniest building around. They go all out for the churches. And, they are beautiful. Inside & out. The town is beautiful with a trail that meanders along cliffs above the water. We sat out on the cliffside & had a little picnic & watched the waves & just enjoyed the scenery. The lake is stunning. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes & tons of rolling hills, it's hard to beat. After walking around town & seeing all there was to see: the church, the few shops, the kids playing basketball at school, we headed back to San Pedro. The ride back was smoother since we weren't going directly into the wind as we had been on the way there.
Back in San Pedro we had tacos, 3x10 = 3 tacos for 10 Quetzales. They are always good. My favorite is the avocado sauce that is served with them. It's blended with avocado & cilantro & garlic & onion & it is sooooo good! We walked around town a bit & did a little trinket browsing. I got a
has a beautiful church in the town square.
cute little necklace made out of a Guatemalan penny.Then we headed back to our room to rest. Geoff is still feeling bad & I'm starting to worry about how I'm feeling. Just super low on energy & quite the runny nose.
In the room we both slept like babies. You would have thought we had a super busy day. I woke up feeling like crapola. For sure. The usual cold. Runny nose, sinusy headache, cough, watery eyes. Yippee! Geoff is just starting to feel more like himself & I'm starting to feel less like myself. Oh joy!
We headed out for dinner after dark & apparently we hadn't experienced that side of San Pedro before. Geoff was offered weed twice in about 40 yards. Shesh. It's everywhere! We had dinner on the water. I had the yummiest garlic soup & mint tea. I have been craving tea all day for my sore throat. It was great! Geoff had pasta carbonara. Not as good as in El Remate, but good enough. The waitress at the restaurant is from Alaska. She spends 6 months there & 6 months here. She also said that every time she comes to San Pedro
They take great pride
in their churches and this is one of our favorites.
she catches the worst cold/flu & then doesn't get sick again until she returns. Her hypothesis is that all the tourists from all over the world bring their germs to San Pedro & share them. I couldn't agree more. We've heard more sneezing, coughing, hacking from gringos here than the locals.
Back to the room & to bed. I am feeling really really crappy at this point. Not loving it.
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