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Published: December 15th 2008
YYYYYEAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! im in a town called lanquin. its very close to Semuc Champey, apparntly one of the most beautiful places in central america, and posibly the world. ill be sure to post pics. did u see i finally managed to put some up of lake atitlan?
right now im stayinhg in a hostel compound type thing with bungalows and the like called el retiro right on a river!!!! we're in a really remote valley in the middle of guatemala and the place i absolutely breathtaking!!!!!!!! and guess what??? i was offered work here on the second day i got here!!!!!! and ive only been here 3 nights!!!!!! i spoke with the restaurant/bar manager (a dutch guy who been here for 2 years called dennis) and told him that i was heading into mexico but i would be back, possibly in up to 4 months, and he said it wopuld be no problem. he offered m,e work for a month and a half to two to help them out w the kitchen and give them some new recipe ideas. they do a nightly buffet that is actually reall good and set up well so i wont have to make that many changes. i would work 4 or 5 days a week (my choice) and would gain 55 Quetzales (the local currency, its 5.5 euros...) a shift, but get free board and 3 meals a day, even when im off!!! ill have to send u pics, this place is breathtaking!!!!!!!! apart from liuterally being in paradise it is also a great job opportunity bc this place has a paragraph in the central american lonely planet (p'robably the worlds most well known guide book..) so its a good place to have worked in. plus they do theme buffet 6 days a week and are miossiung one so he said what we could do i i work 5 days a week but one of those could be menu development!!!! Plus i inquired about work in antigua (which is very similar to oaxacva, tipo old colonial, artsy, nice restaurants, etc) and was offered work there too!!!!!
i met 2 REALLY great guys that im trtaveling with right now. Robin is a 6 foot tall black guys with fdreadlocks from munich, and Tom is a british guy whos really good at guitar. there are fotos up on my blog of us. i met them in san pedro la laguna about 3 weeks ago and we are now possibly thinking of buying a cheap car and driving down together!!!!! im actually starting to rethink cuba and jamaica. it will cost a lot to travelo to and form, and there are also problems such as u cant buy a one way ticket into cuba. so im probably gonna go up to yucatan, work in the danzantes in playa del carmen, then head south thru chiapas. i was supposed to pend chirstmas w my friend from mexico city but i still havent received the itinerary theyre on so i really dont know. im heading up to the m,ayan ruins of tikal and el mirador so i guess ill be in the jungle on christmas!!!! el mirador is a 5 day trek thru the jungle (2 to go, and 2 back with one night there) and ive been told by everyone thats been there that its one of the best things theyve ever done!!!!
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