Category Archives: Guatemala

Angel on fire.

Panajachel, Guatemala December 2017. It started out like any other Nativity play but ended spectacularly bad. Christmas in Guatemala is an interesting time; more or less the same as back home but also very different. The shops still push Christmas … Continue reading

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The ‘easy’ way to learn a foreign language.

What makes (some of) us Brits (myself included) so inept at learning another language? In my opinion, two reasons: laziness and the fact that we don’t really need to bother; English is the universal language across the world. I’ve been … Continue reading

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A (possible) farewell return.

Five years ago my wonderful mother departed this mortal coil; we shared 48-years on this earth, a lot longer than I imagined we would. 92-years of age is a pretty good innings. If there is indeed an ‘after life’ I’m … Continue reading

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“Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

Remember that ‘amusing’ childhood saying that parents used to real off just before you went to bed?  Well a few nights ago I got to experience the real deal. The story starts at breakfast time, following my first night back … Continue reading

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Rio to Livingston (for Belize) by river boat.

Lago de Izabal is Guatemala’s largest lake. Most visitors stay at Río Dulce village, north of the bridge where Hwy CA-13, the road leading north to Flores and Tikal, crosses the lake. East of this bridge is the beautiful Río … Continue reading

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Who needs fellow travellers.

“The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them”. Agnes Repplier. Prior to Flores, I had spent nearly twe weeks without meeting another traveller. Whilst this was good for my Spanish, and my budget, (places … Continue reading

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The amazing Mayan city of Tikal.

Abandoned by its original inhabitants more than a thousand years ago, Tikal remained unknown to outsiders for almost a millennium. In 1525, Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés passed within a few dozen miles of the place without learning of it. Likewise, … Continue reading

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Coban to Flores (for Tikal).

One of the excursions from Coban is a visit to Chemuc Champey, which I opted not to do (on this occasion). The revues for accomodation and getting there were variable to say the least. In addition, I always try and … Continue reading

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Coban, a culinary delight.

“The surprise is that you continue to be surprised.” ― Jill A. Davis. Not so much an attraction in itself, but an excellent jumping-off point for onward destinations. Cobán is a prosperous city with an upbeat feel. It also has … Continue reading

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