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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    i'll be in touch for sure probably won't be until april 2013...thanks
  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    its a 100% must see and the prices are good too...
  3. Moistmaster

    Moistmaster n00b

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    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.
    Stay safe.
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  4. SS in Vzla.

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

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    Let it stand on record I had nothing to do with that!
  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    ...but can you prove it??? everyone knows you are EL HOMBRE in Vzla and have ALL the connections :killen :lol3
  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    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

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  7. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    if people watching is you thing then this place is for you...

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    chickens waiting for the chicken bus!!!

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    ...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

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    plantains anyone???

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  8. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    My pleasure. PM me closer to the date, and let me know if you need my address to ship parts/spares.
  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    will do :D
  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    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 :lol3

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    day of the dead and halloween bring out unique window decorations

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    perfect balance?

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    hanging on the wall in a restaurant? translates to "the mutt"!

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    at the weekends a lot of streets are blocked of to cars...nice

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    a lot of business talk happens on the sidewalk

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    at a monastery virtually destroyed by the earthquake in 1976 stands as monument to it

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    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

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    the monastery is right next to the chicken bus terminal

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    almost all the buses are old school buses from the states

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    next to that is the fruit market

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    running everyday it is a hive of activity

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    how about some breakfast with a little attitude?

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  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    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

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    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

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    at the more peaceful end of town off the roof of my hotel looking towards the Volcano at night

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    a little breakfast before heading of to the kite festival at Santiago Secetepecez...this was on the wall in the restaurant

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    then it was to the bedlam that is the kite festival

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    my teacher was with me and being a teacher she spotted a spelling mistake on this one :lol3

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    when the biggest one was raised it was well over 100 feet tall :eek1

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    by the end of the day the crowd had grown to around 30-40,000 people

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    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

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    in some cases it is big families but occasionally it was one lonely lady sitting there

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    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

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    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!!!"

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    the difference in wealth is obvious in Antigua, huge mausoleums, amazing arrays of flowers but no one in traditional dress

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    then as i was leaving a mariachi band walked by and insisted i take a photo of them...OK

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    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Port Arthur, home of Pearl. Enjoy the music.

    As stated earlier, RTW your images are stunning! Keep them coming.
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    aviatorbdm Been here awhile

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    Great pictures... I wish I had taken more when I was there.
  15. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    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
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    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Really enjoying the bright, vivid colors of things-people Guate in the photos.
  17. Merlin III

    Merlin III Lone Wolf-No Club

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    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.
  18. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    you can borrow mine i have plenty to go around :wings :rayof :wings
  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Glad to see you made market day in Chichicastenango. Will share your pix with my Guate friend from there.
  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    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