RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    rolled a few hundred yards up the road from CA Tours to the Hostel and settled in...i had already planned for Spanish lessons with a place called Spanish for travelers (www.spanishtraveling.com) my reason for choosing them was they take you places and not just sit you in class room, not show you a photo of a cup of coffee but take you to a coffee plantation for example

    so i have a walk around in the morning before lessons begin, these are just a few quick snaps the better detailed photos will be added later as i get to walk around in my free time

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    My first outing with the school was supposed to be to a coffee plantation but it was canceled so we could go to a wedding rehearsal, here are the the couple, and the rehearsal was held in a Mayan market

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    he is Guatemalan and she is from Slovenia...in this photo the lady to the far left has just explained most things about the wedding and marriage and then said the family expects 13-14 children, hence the look on her face :huh and they gave her a baby doll to practice with

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    the bride (to be and mother) have been given gifts for them to work with and provide for the husband

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    fresh tortillas we made and we had a traditional Guatemalan lunch

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    here is my crazy Spanish teacher with a fiesta mask

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    lots more of Antigua to come...
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  2. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Been looking forward to you walking around Antigua with your camera.

    Bring it!

    Try to make Chichicastenango for market day if you have time.
  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i will add quiet a few posts from here, loads of photos to come of Antigua...i was talking to someone today about Chichicastenango market and they said it was very similar to the one here - is it a lot better/ different in your opinion?
  4. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Haven't made Chichicastenango yet. My good friend JC is from there. More indigenous peoples coming into town than Antigua, I'm told.

    Interesting public wash (clothes) facility across from CATours.
  5. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    No man, Ruuuuun for your life! If your bike ever touches Vitto's place , you enter a vortex where you are never allowed to leave Venezuela :lol3 (just look where Throttlemeister did the work on his bike when he warped the head)

    ALL three of my bikes are parked there at the moment, have been there since August when I came to Mexico :rofl
  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    hopefully one of you are around when i'm heading thru, vortex or not
  7. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    I like the startled look on the grooms face when he heard "13 to 18"!
  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i guess in any culture families can catch you out with what they expect you to do and what you want to do...this is one of those times...i don't think i saw them smile again for quiet a while :rofl
  9. grind

    grind Been here awhile

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    Is Fuego still erupting? I was there 7 years ago and we hiked up Acatenago and watched Fuego erupt (mildly but still scary)! Highly recommend if its safe.
    Also worth checking out is the macadamia nut farm (Valhalla)? Just outside of Antigua.
    Brings back great memories. Land of eternal spring!
    Great report and pics!
  10. Wikedhd

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    Hey Brother,
    Been following u on your trip, looks amazing!! Wishing I was still with you.
    Mindy says hi and jagger looking to eat another Garmin. ;)
    Be safe and keep up the posting!
    Oh yea Mancuso's finally has the Honda ready!! $2130 ;(
    Going to pick it up Wednesday!!!
  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    damn!!!'


    lots more still to come ....
  12. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    maybe a little steam, no real eruptions that i have heard about, i was going there yesterday but the weather disagreed
  13. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    so i'm here in Antigua for Language school, i was supposed to go on a hike this coming week but it was cancelled so i will stay here and celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead this coming week and go to a kite festival locally as well, but that whats going to happen...

    this is photos from this week here tuesday to friday only, i thought it might be better to group some shots so the first Antigua installment is from the candle factory at the Santa Domingo Hotel

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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    ...next... walking thru some of the smaller local market stalls

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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Because Antigua is an old town the stone work and doorways are all unique which of course makes for some interesting shots

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  16. Wikedhd

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    Maybe I can open a leather shop up there!! LOL
    How's the Spanish lessons going?
  17. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    you couldn't compete with these guys there prices are so low its crazy, don't how they even buy the leather, but their quality isn't to your standards...

    spanish is slow going, not sure if my brain is wired correctly for languages...i'll get it but not as easy as i thought, but its still fun
  18. Wikedhd

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    Well It sure looks like your having an awesome time!! And you'll get the language down!
    I'm not sure what your brain is actually wired for?? That's the scary part! ;)
    Any new ideas on a career or just keep on riding?? ;)
    Be Safe my Friend!
  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    some of the art work in town is...unique, strange, interesting, scary, religious, weird - your thoughts?

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  20. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Yeah I kinda remember thinking I will just be in Venezuela for 3 or 4 weeks and hell what do you know before too long at all I was looking for another 3 month TIP extension:rofl Venezuela is a fun place and only gets better knowing the right people in county:wink::freaky And oh the gas:clap

    Got some nice photos going Paul, practice hard on the Spanish but not too hard or you may never escape Cuba:lol3 btw I hope you are not married...

    I was rough looking and things just happen way too easy:eek1
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    Goodtimes!