you knew it was coming. it's the impossible dream. in thailand we chased the perfect pad thai and here it is the best taco. people are passionate about the tacos here and i am working my way through the options in antigua. i stopped in to try the Tacool which was too greasy so it rates only ⭐. plus at 40Q [5.50$] is way overpriced for street food.
October 21, 2017
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|entry from street|
October 14, 2017
before i even land i notice a lot of people praying and strangely reading traditional paper books. first i think they must be concerned about the weather and flying. then i realize they must be missionaries - and there are tons of them everywhere here. i suspect the Guatemalans must be really sinful and evil people to require such large numbers of missionaries. also, the number of churches is proportionately large.
more on the churches later.
more on the churches later.
i've seen faith based organizations at 'work' around the world so i can say with confidence that they do good but it's usually with a heavy dose of doctrine. they typically operate within the antiquated model of aid by providing goods and services at no charge which is not a sustainable model. disaster aid is different but is still better delivered by organizations who have spent decades working humanitarian disasters.
October 13, 2017
|under those clouds live a volcano|
so basically, no matter where in the world you are the traffic is 'bad' and the roads 'falling apart'.
as we leave Guatemala City i can smell the smog and i'm glad not to be living there. it's an easy 45 minutes to Antigua. the roads in Antigua are cobblestone which make driving uncomfortable and most everyone gets around on foot which i love. the cars that are on the road must be burning dirty gas becasue the fumes smell toxic. also, mufflers seem to be optional here so just a few cars sound like a freight train moving through.
although the cobblestones keep the traffic at a crawl i notice plenty of people limping and suspect it's hazardous to the ankles.
navigating Antigua is easy compared to Asia or Africa. it's laid out in an organized grid that would make any civil engineer estatic. here both the streets and houses are numbered.
October 10, 2017
i have learned that it's helpful in the case of misplaced, lost or stolen baggage to keep a photo. i've been known to photograph everything going into luggage or a package to document what is inside - haha or even photograph luggage at the check in counter conveyor belt. when i left Tanzania it was chaotic [like most things there] and i didn't document exactly what was in my bag so when one didn't make it i could barely remember which bag had what. it was a mess. after cursing the Africans for stealing my luggage Emirates Air did a fantastic job of finding and returning said luggage. so here's a photo on my way to the airport. just my new[ish] duffel, my old backpack and trusty water bottle. the box is aid i'm taking for a friend's clinic.
October 9, 2017
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|collectively we own a lot of luggage|
in the end my head just wanted to explode but i'm the proud new owner of duffle with wheels. i'm traveling light on this next trip so i wanted just one bag and this one seemed like a good choice and was only used once. technically if it's completely full it's going to be considered oversized by the airlines but i'm going to risk it because that's the kind of girl i am. now your head is probably going to explode as well.