22.06.2012 20 °C
So since I last wrote we have left Honduras behind and made it into Guatemala, one of the places I was most excited to visit. After leaving Copan we proceeded to have an awful journey into Antigua, due to our stubborn refusal to take a tourist shuttle and so we could save 10 bucks. After the beach for so long the awful weather in Guatemala was something of a shock. Its cold. And wet. However Antigua is a beautiful town, and really developed in terms of tourism, so much so we can't afford to eat in most of the restaurants or stay in the most popular hostels. Its full of people doing spanish courses and buying souvenirs it seems. It was nice to really feel safe in a place again, after the constant worry of Honduras. We spent most of our time in the market, which is awesome, colourful, full of cool and useful stuff and cheap places to eat. The bar scene in Antigua is also awesome and we certainly got our groove on. However that wasnt the reason we were here. We came to find a job, and after a handy tip off we came up to Earth Lodge http://www.earthlodgeguatemala.com/ and got ourselves a job, but more of that later...So we found ourselves with a couple of weeks to kill before we started.
First stop on our very small tour of Guatemala was Lake Atitlan. Its incredibly beautiful - a big flat lake surrounded by volcanoes. The water looks like glass and stretches as far as you can see. We spent a few days there in San Pedro and had a really good time despite the rain. There is loads to do, but we failed to do any of it, due to the weather, hangovers and our budget feeling pretty strained. After that we had had enough of the rain so we got down to the beach at Monterrico. We stayed for a week in a great hostel run by a great Italian chef. It was really quiet (we were the only tourists in town) but the beach was stunning, really long with dark sand and huge waves. HUGE WAVES. The weather was perfect and the hostel had a T.V so I was watching the football every day. Then we came back to Antigua or so before we were due to start work. We met up with Alex, who we were volunteering with previously, and had a good/crazy night out and a great catch up. It was really good to see her again. The next day was spent buying supplies for our job, we were in the second hand american clothes market for hours and funnily enough everything was in redic large sizes. But I bought a whole outfit of warm clothes for 15 quid incl trainers....
Then to Earth Lodge (where unfortunately we were ill for the first week due to cheap questionable food from the market). What a place this is we are so lucky. Its 20 mins and 6000 feet up the mountain from Antigua with an absolutely stunning view of two of the volcanoes. The job is basically working on the bar/reception. In return we get free bed and awesome organic food, all home cooked and vegetarian with big portions. We have a fair amount of free time so it barely feels like we work at all! Kerri wants me to add that she can now crochet and play black gammon. All the people are super chilled out and we have made some great friends, I recommend this place highly if your ever in Guatemala. There are some nice hikes to do and not a lot else apart from laze about, sleep in hammocks, play table tennis/board games or eat sandwiches.
This is perfect because as of today we now know what were doing with our lives. Starting mid August we will be working in the Yucatan in Mexico for a year. I will be an English teacher and Kerri will be Teacher/doing the promotion/marketing for the school. And we will actually make (some) money.... We are very excited to have a plan/cool home for the next year as we have realized we are over taking lots of chicken buses, sleeping in rubbish beds and being on the move everyday. So until we go to Mexico to meet Kerri's friends and family rest assured we are loving life in the mountains picking avocados and sleeping pretty much in a tree house!
Love to you all x