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Published: April 24th 2015
Floating to our own beach. But then someone showed up to take our picture. Niiiiiiice!
We found food in San Pedro to be very reasonably priced. There are definitely a full range of prices to be had but we were very satisfied with the fare in the 30GTQ to 60GTQ price range, less for the street vendors. A couple of our favourite places were 'Idea Connections' (on the way to the Santiago dock) near our Spanish school where Ashley ate drool inducing pan au chocolates everyday during the school break, and 'd'Juice Girls' which made a huge variety of licuados, smoothies, and juices for on the cheap (and they were the size of a fishbowl). Friday nights we hit up Hostel Fe for quiz nights and for the week that we were in school we would partake in 'Conversation Club' at our school in the evenings for 45min.
Spanish School was a high priority for us while we were in San Pedro. We stayed with a local family while studying who provided us with each meal (all delicious and quite varied; some very traditional and others more North American) and ample opportunities to speak Spanish. With each lesson Ashley felt like her Spanish was improving and she could confidently speak to people; until however, it
They grew there, and then the water covered them.
actually came time to speak with someone outside the school. They just spoke so quickly and used different vocabulary and slang. After 5 hours a day of lessons combined with the conversation club and speaking with our host family, our brains were exhausted at the end of every day.
After 2 weeks of saying we were going to kayak, we finally did it on our last day in town. We rented a 2 person kayak for 10GTQ per person/per hour for a total of 3 hours which ended up equating to about CAD10 total; not bad we thought to ourselves. We had heard rumblings of a 'secret' beach so we thought we would at least look for a beach. About an hour in, we found a secluded beach with no one else around. We don't know if it was the 'secret' beach but it satisfied our hankering for a beach. For most of our 2 weeks in San Pedro, it had been rainy and cloudy. This was the first day with not a cloud in sight. That meant we had to limit ourselves to 10 minutes per side when lying on the beach so we didn't fry our sensitive
Just a little bit of a fixer upper. A couple of pumps and it should be good to go.
northern skin. The water was...fresh, shall we say but Dan enjoyed it as a reprieve from the heat of the sun. On the way back to town we paddled over submerged trees and explored the flooded, abandoned buildings. The lake doesn't have a river running out so all the water collects and the lake gradually rises much to the demise of houses/hotels on the lakefront. It has resulted in many a building being deserted and overflowing with water. It was neat but also very eerie. There are rumors that taps in some of the buildings still work so if you dive down, you can turn the taps and water still runs out.
We wanted to take the camioneta (chicken bus) to Antigua but on the morning we left, we found that we had missed it so we surrendered to the easy option of taking the very easy and very convenient shuttle. And we ran into another Dan, who we'd met 5 weeks earlier in Valladolid. You always run into the same people on your travels because we're all on the same trip.
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