Guatemalan/Honduran Observations

Monday, February 15, 2010 | |


  • Agua pura, pro favor.
  • Temescals: Tiny Sauna that substitute for baths is rural Guatemala. They are quite interesting.
  • The Pan-American Highway.
  • Gallo.
  • How long will it take? A: 1hour B:3hours C: 2 hours.
  • I saw a chicken cross the road, I was not able to identify intent.
  • Lady Frog.
  • This whole country is a garbage dump and they seem to be rather proud of that.
  • Mr. Crunchy.
  • Manzana té / apple te.
  • Walking by yourself in the Tikal jungle at night is not the most relaxing thing to do, while laying down in a nice hammock reading a good book like "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" is.
  • Glass shards and/or barbed wire.
  • Xocomil.
  • Palestinian Chess: the paws explode and kill everything on all of the surrounding 8 squares.
  • Idea for the children at Pacaya, an active volcano near Antigua to make more money: Offer the hiking sticks at the start of the hike for say 2 or 3 Q, you will get a few takers then offer them about 1/3 of the way up for 5 or 10 Q, and you will make a great deal more money. Collecting the walking sticks at the bottom is also genius, but you guys have already figured that one out. Further if someone, either the guide or someone else, could camp out at that hut about 1/4 of the way down and sell torches for your head you could make some serious money.
  • Mob Violence.
  • Tuk Tuks.
  • Chicken Buses (Guate! Guate! Guate!)
  • What are those things floating in my "purified water"?
  • Bed Bugs.
  • Drivers go as fast as their vehicle can go always. They will also fit many more people than you thought possible inside, on, and hanging off of the vehicle what ever it be.
  • Mountain farming.
  • Altitude sickness.
  • Lake Atilan is the volcano equivalent of a black hole.
  • You can get into Honduras without a passport, it is not recommended but entirely possible.
  • A 1x4 plank although not perfect, is a suitable substitute for a canoe paddle.
  • If you canoe through mangroves at night and run into the bush, don't be alarmed if little crabs fall off the trees and into your watercraft.
  • Vodka and club soda = O.K. Tequila = Bad.
  • Beware of the suicide showers they are hooked up directly to 120 Volts and drawing around 50 amps of current and lets just say they are rather careless with instillation, I got shocked by some stray voltage turning the water on and off.
  • The police don't exist expecially at night, and you don't call them or report to them as sometimes they are the perpetrators.
  • Montezuma's revenge.
  • Burn! Trash Burn!!!
  • Fire crackers........all the time.
  • Tortillas, frijoles negro, arroz, picante salsa, y café.
  • Rats.
  • Quetzaltrekkers is a quality group, and they feed you better on their hikes that you get normally.
  • San Simon.
  • Imagine how great this would be if it was just us, the stars, and NO ducks!
  • Something just hit me in the face.
  • The Gringo Trail.



mts said...

Tell me more about Mr. Crunchy.

paul said...

Mr. Crunchy is a sandwich.