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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.
i'll be in touch for sure probably won't be until april 2013...thanks
its a 100% must see and the prices are good too...
Hey there Paulie' I just spent two hours catching up on where you are and what your doing.....Looks good man, I think your OCD on the wall pictures, but hey! it's your trip.
Let it stand on record I had nothing to do with that!
...but can you prove it??? everyone knows you are EL HOMBRE in Vzla and have ALL the connections
Chichicastenango market part 2
the San Tomas church is a sight to see, lots people praying everywhere inside and outside...the ladies are on their knees walking backwards and forwards towards the alter...or lighting candles in the main aisle way
if you do go in the church use the side door not the main front door as a sign of respect and DO NOT be seen taking photos...i had my camera hanging by my side for these...the is security in there will kick you out if they see you
if people watching is you thing then this place is for you...
chickens waiting for the chicken bus!!!
...and here it is, it never stopped moving they had to chase it down and load while it carried on up the hill out of town
My pleasure. PM me closer to the date, and let me know if you need my address to ship parts/spares.
some views from around town in Antigua....
this has to be one of the hardest towns to push an ice cream cart around but the bell rings by itself because of the cobbles
day of the dead and halloween bring out unique window decorations
hanging on the wall in a restaurant? translates to "the mutt"!
at the weekends a lot of streets are blocked of to cars...nice
a lot of business talk happens on the sidewalk
at a monastery virtually destroyed by the earthquake in 1976 stands as monument to it
it shows the only remnants of the civil war that i have seen, i showed it to my new language teacher and she told me that people that were considered 'a problem' were taken here in the evening and lined up against the wall and shot
the monastery is right next to the chicken bus terminal
almost all the buses are old school buses from the states
next to that is the fruit market
running everyday it is a hive of activity
how about some breakfast with a little attitude?
lead up to today, day of the dead has been interesting, its not celebrated like in Mexico and Hollywood looking like this...its more of family day
Le Merced Church stated it off a few nights ago with the massive rosary (largest in the world - Guinness book of records anyone?) lit up and a parade to the church which under up with a guy wearing a crazy get up with fireworks attached and running at the crowd as they were going off
at the more peaceful end of town off the roof of my hotel looking towards the Volcano at night
a little breakfast before heading of to the kite festival at Santiago Secetepecez...this was on the wall in the restaurant
then it was to the bedlam that is the kite festival
my teacher was with me and being a teacher she spotted a spelling mistake on this one
when the biggest one was raised it was well over 100 feet tall :eek1
by the end of the day the crowd had grown to around 30-40,000 people
my teacher insisted that we go to the cemetery her so i can see the difference with the one in Antigua when i return later i the day
the one here has a definite split of wealth, the richer families have erected mausoleum for the families to be buried together in one spot, the poorer families clean around the grave area and in some cases cover the grave with white chalk and then grass, flowers and petals and place the persons favorite food and drink by the head stone
in some cases it is big families but occasionally it was one lonely lady sitting there
this is a very happy occasion and the familes are laughing and joking, a lot of rum is being drunk and kids are running around everywhere
talking to this guy (he was a little drunk) "its a great day i don't have to work i can have a drink and chat with my wife, and she doesn't talk back anymore!!!"
the difference in wealth is obvious in Antigua, huge mausoleums, amazing arrays of flowers but no one in traditional dress
then as i was leaving a mariachi band walked by and insisted i take a photo of them...OK
Excellent Pictures Paul! Wow!
I'm getting closer. I spent the night in Port Arthur Texas after a great ride along the SW Coast of Louisiana yesterday.
Port Arthur, home of Pearl. Enjoy the music.
As stated earlier, RTW your images are stunning! Keep them coming.
Great pictures... I wish I had taken more when I was there.
let me know your route and if it goes thru anywhere i went thru i can suggest some hotels and people to stop by and see
Really enjoying the bright, vivid colors of things-people Guate in the photos.
Thanks Paul for the people pictures. I remember you posted a picture of your teacher; can you tell us her background, if appropriate? What is her education? How and where did she learn English? Has she traveled much outside Guatemala? Thanks.
you can borrow mine i have plenty to go around
Glad to see you made market day in Chichicastenango. Will share your pix with my Guate friend from there.
you know its very difficult to have very bright vivid colors in this area but as i have gone to other areas the Mayan use more subtle colors, here it is brighter reds, oranges and yellows, other areas are greens and blues and the "new generation" are using more subtle colors and highlighting them with gold brocade inlays
i actually swapped my Spanish teacher a few days after that photo, not becuase she wasn't good teaching Spanish but bad speaking English and as i had zero Spanish for here to mime what a word was would take 10 to 20 minutes and i figured it was taking "my time" away from my Spanish time...so my new teacher speaks English well (but almost never unless it is necessary) she was formally trained here in Guatemala and has also schooled in Paris and Switzerland to learn and teach French as a crossover teacher doing Spanish/ French/ English...surprisingly she also spent some time in New Orleans and is a very well rounded teacher
it was a good day, even the ride there was a great road with incredible switchbacks...i love chaos and this market was the epitome of CHAOS - also people watching at its finest